Luke Daniels is a composer, songwriter, guitarist and virtuoso melodeon player who performs traditional jigs and reels, folk songs…oh and renditions of Bach…and of course his signature c1880 polyphon machine.
Just in case you don’t have one at home, a polyphon machine is a restored Victorian music machine. It provides his unique accompaniments to tunes like The Cumberland Reel and classic folk songs.
Luke developed a passion for Irish traditional music before the age of 10. He learnt to play the melodeon from a six-time Connaught champion Paddy Coyne. His abilities as a finger style guitarist and song writer flowered in his teens upon discovering acoustic singers such as Nick Drake and John Martyn. In his early twenties he won the BBC Young Tradition Award before touring as a member of De Dannan and the Riverdance band.
Over twenty years Luke has performed at many of the UK’s top festivals. This includes Cambridge and Glastonbury and he has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit soundtracks. With a beguiling blend of heartfelt lyrics and instrumental virtuosity, Luke breathes new life into traditional music, letting it mix with contemporary originals and even the occasional popular music cover.
Expect haunting vocals, tunes and songs, endearing anecdotes and virtuoso instrumental playing via a unique voice and musical imagination.