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February 2018

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concert in Elstow with Rebecca

Sat 29th Sept 2018 – 8pm

the venue is the magnificent Moot Hall, John Bunyan’s house and now museum

Dan will be joined by vocalist Rebecca Hallworth to present: ‘an evening of folk song and music’

advance tickets only from Rachel 07580 183205

music training ~ classes workshops and semiars

holistic and confidence-building music training


Over the last 25 years Dan has taught well over 6,000 musicians and singers of all levels, from novice to professional, and he has taught at festivals in many parts of the USA.

Students have travelled from all over Europe and beyond to attend his transformative singing course, which received amazing feedback.  He has even coached a pop singer, who promptly rose to no.1 in the UK charts.

To Dan, music is more than the just dots on the page.  Posture, emotion and mindset also play their part.  Indeed, your body language and how you think and feel about the music are key to an engaging performance.


classes – developing musical competence

dulcimer classes

  • song accompaniment in DAA
  • instrumental airs in DAA
  • classic songs in DAA
  • in praise of DAA
  • expressive techniques & timing variations
  • fingerpicking
  • the model dulcimer
  • Bagpipe tuning
  • the Dorian mode


guitar classes

  • best practice guitar techniques
  • an introduction to Open C tuning
  • modal music in Open C


1-2-1 coaching

  • getting new dulcimer players started
  • helping experienced performers


‘It was wonderful having you with us this year, Dan.  You added so much to the weekend and week and were a pleaser to work with.  Your talents and experience helped to make this year’s KMW such a tremendous success.’  Kentucky Music Week and Weekend festivals


short workshops & seminars

  • vocal techniques ~ best practice breathing, projection & intonation workshop
  • chanting & rhythm ~ experiential session
  • arranging music to come to life ~ demonstration & discussion
  • the electric dulcimer ~ demonstration
  • digital effects for guitar and/or dulcimer ~ demonstration
  • stagecraft ~ working with PA systems ~ demonstration
  • the psychology of performing ~ seminar
  • criticism and confidence (for teachers & performers) ~ seminar
  • how to make a professional recording ~ seminar
  • developing a career in the music industry ~ seminar
  • an introduction to Copyright law and the royalties system (UK only) ~ seminar


longer workshops – developing musical confidence

 singing workshop

  • best practice breathing, projection and intonation
  • arranging songs for best impact
  • developing confidence
  • singing from the heart to move your audience


performance skills workshop

  • conquering nerves
  • how to seem confident and credible on stage
  • creating impact
  • engaging with your material and the audience


‘It has been a very rare and special weekend. The structure and delivery of the course allowed such growth in the group: a spirit of warmth and fun which I have not experienced ever before.  I will recommend the course to others and I will cherish the memory I take with me.’  voice workshop participant

dulcimer starter session


  • pitched at your level ~ depending upon your experience with the dulcimer, other instruments and music generally



  • a health-check on your instrument to make sure it is working as it should
  • posture for comfort and to avoid health issues
  • best practice playing techniques
  • an introduction to Tablature notation
  • and introduction to modes and tunings
  • the huge potential of the dulcimer – songs, airs & instrumentals
  • your big decision DAA or DAD ~ the pro’s and cons of each and their far reaching ramifications



  • 2-3 hours, as required



  • free transport to/from local rail/bus station
  • as much tea as you can drink
  • notes afterwards
  • links to relevant resources
  • positive feedback ~ to develop your confidence
  • one of Dan’s CD albums
  • some notation



  • only £50
  • please make cheques payable to ‘D R Evans’ (not Dan Evans)

tree and stage backdrops

For UK concerts Dan can bring his tree backdrop – to enhance the visual appeal of the stage – and for local concerts to Olney, he can also bring the blue background panels (they fill the car and require a separate trip) – the panels not only look good and hide instrument cases but they also absorb noise and help with the sound on stage.

Lavendon concert with Rebecca & Andy

Sun 18th Feb 2018 – 2:30 – 5:30pm

Lavendon Village Hall, near Olney

another sell-out concert

‘The three of you were a great success, as you could obviously see from the audience’s reaction at the end of your numbers.  Speaking to many of them before the event, very few knew what they were in for, because they did not know what a dulcimer was.  They do now!   It’s the first time we have had a sell-out in the hall and that was without your Olney following, who had heard you a few months previously.’  John Salter – event organiser

Waves film

Waves is a track off Dan’s Autumn Dance CD album (DSM5 / 2003) about waves lapping on a lonely beach – a jazzy piece, it is played very freely on an acoustic guitar in Open C tuning with a coil pickup processed through digital multi-effects and sampling – the music, ocean and seagull sounds all come simultaneously from the guitar.

The photos were all taken by Dan within an hour on a camera that was new to him on a windy morning on the North Norfolk coast.

The Garden Waltz film

Studio recording of Dan’s guitar piece ‘The Garden Waltz’ from his ‘Let It Be Me’ CD album (DSM6 / 2010) – with photographs of some of the beautiful gardens he worked in as a photographer.

Age Of Steam film

One for train enthusiasts ~ photographs of Didcot Railway Centre, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and the North York Moors Railway (NYMR) ~ set to original dulcimer and guitar music, including: from Dan’s Spirit Dancing CD (The Journey) and his Au Vieux Moulin CD (Bullet Train).

Requiem performed at Olney concert

‘A requiem composed for a lovely person I once knew, who passed in her prime – performed here on electric dulcimer for the first time at our Olney Concert in September 2017’ ~ Dan