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Concerts & Tours

a brief career history

a brief history of Dan Evans’ music career

early beginnings

With no training in music but good woodworking skills, Dan built two dulcimers whilst at school and then played mandolin in the school folk band.  Inspired by legendary British dulcimer player Roger Nicholson, whom he was to work with later, Dan learned a little early music on the dulcimer.  At university he taught himself guitar and, aside from fifteen minutes coaching with the British virtuoso guitarist Martin Simpson, is still completely self-taught on his instruments to this day.  His university days were certainly formative and artists like John Martyn, The Pentangle and Gryphon have undoubtedly shaped the development of Dan’s highly individual and eclectic style.READ MORE

my effects & amplification

the effects and amplification I currently use

digital effects

effects for my acoustic dulcimers

My dulcimers have natural sounding pickups and the signal is treated by the excellent Boss DD-500 delay unit.  This delay processes the signal to the highest of audio standards, so the integrity of the acoustic sound is preserved.  The delay effects that I use for dulcimer, with a few exceptions, are so subtle that you might only notice them by their absence.  They add a hint of body and place the music in a natural sound space.

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with David Schnaufer film

Dan had the privilege of meeting the late David Schnaufer at two festivals in Kentucky in 2000, thanks to the generosity of Nancy Johnson Barker for organising his first Kentucky tour

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Bullet Train at KMW film

the first live performance of Dan’s adventurous minimalist solo dulcimer composition Bullet Train at Bardstown Baptist Church, Kentucky as part of the 2014 Kentucky Music Week festival

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performance at the Dulcimer World Congress 2015

film of my performance at the Dulcimer World Congress in Malvern in 2015 – I play i) Roger Nicholson’s piece Spring Season, Cyril Tawney’s song The Grey Funnel Line and my own minimalist train tune: Bullet Train – thanks to Sally Whitehead and the Dulcimer World Congress for making and editing the film

Nashville concert ~ part 3 ~ with Stephen Seifert

after playing solo in his concert for Nashville’s Grand Old Dulcimer Club in the Turner Hall, Nashville, Dan was joined by the brilliant dulcimer player Stephen Seifert, whereupon they improvised several duets off the cuff, with no preparation whatsoever

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a few more reviews

concert review – solo

“Not easy to categorise; trad material presented with considerable classical skill on guitar and mountain dulcimer, but gently enhanced with technology.  One of his best tricks is to use a long echo and then play a duet with himself.  In other hands this would come over as an amusing gimmick – the effect from Dan is seriously musical.  In demand in the USA for workshops as well as performances, which may give you a hint of what to expect.

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London concert for Ealing Guitar Society

WHERE: St Matthew’s Church Hall, North Common Road, Ealing, W5 2QA

WHEN: Sun 3rd March 2019 ~ doors open at 7pm for 7:30 start

TICKETS: £13 / £10 concessions on the door

WHAT’S SPECIAL:  since I played there last time I have new instruments, new tech and new music

15th US tour (TN & KY), incl. Nashville concert

Sat 23rd June ~ 7:30pm Blair School of Music Vanderbilt University, Nashville ~ dulcimer concert with guest Stephen Seifert

Sun 24th – Fri 29th June Kentucky Music Week ~ dulcimer & voice workshops

Sun 1st July from 4pm ~ St Pauls Episcopal Church ~ workshop followed by evening solo concert for Louisville Dulcimer Society

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