Daniel Neely

Daniel T. Neely is a musician and ethnomusicologist (New York University, Ph.D. 2008) with specialties in the musics of Ireland and Jamaica. Since 2008 he has been the Public Relations Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s North American Province, from 2011-2016 he was the artistic coordinator of the Augusta Irish Week, a Irish music camp in Elkins, West Virginia, and since 2021 he has been on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee-based Ward Irish Music Archives, the largest public repository for Irish music in the United States.

He plays tenor banjo and fiddle, loves playing at sessions, and has been a member of both the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra and the New York Céilí Band.  He has given invited lectures on this history of Irish music at Boston College, the Catskills Irish Arts Week, the Ward Irish Music Archives, Na Píobairí Uilleann in Dublin, Ireland, and elsewhere.

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Reissued 6-track 'Banks' belongs in every collection Reissued 6-track 'Banks' belongs in every collection
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Byrnes is showcased in superb two-disc retrospective Byrnes is showcased in superb two-disc retrospective
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Warm, relaxing, very engaging tone Warm, relaxing, very engaging tone
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Last week I received an email from Don Meade, a multi-instrumentalist who has been one of traditional music’s fiercest supporters for decades, that...
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This week I’ve been listening to “All Jokes Aside,” an exceedingly charming album of mostly instrumental music from Kathleen Conneely, John Coyne, ...
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It’s almost that time of year again. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have been on the back burner for almost two years now, but I’ve been hearing ab...

 

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