Why hire Dan O'Callaghan?
Greetings, friends and neighbors! I wanted to let everybody know that I still have a few weekends free on my 2012 gig calendar. Could you use an acoustic guitarist at your wedding, barbecue, dinner party, wine tasting or church get-together? Why pay a DJ to blast canned music when you can have a live, breathing musician create never-before-heard music just for you, at the same price or perhaps even less? I'm Dan O'Callaghan, and I play acoustic guitar in a folk/bluegrass style reminiscent of Tommy Emmanuel, Norman Blake and Leo Kottke suitable for a backyard gathering or an upscale restaurant alike. I can put together a set with just about any theme you might desire (Hymns, romantic pieces, Irish dance material, Christmas songs, etc.) and can learn a new song or two if you have special requests not normally found in my repertoire. I can engage the audience in a stage performance or simply shut up and play the guitar where background music is desired. Being a soloist, I can work in a very small space where a DJ or band dare not tread, set up and tear down is just about nonexistent and I don't smoke or drink. Give a listen to the YouTube videos below, and if you think my music might be a good fit for your event, drop me a line and we'll talk business.
Best wishes-Dan O.
Hello friends, neighbors, devoted fans and casual surfers. My name is Dan O'Callaghan and I've been a guitarist since I was 9. This addictive habit has permeated my very being to such an extent that on those rare occasions when I'm not playing a guitar or listening to guitar music, I'm probably grooving to the rhythms in my own head. It all started when my father suggested I learn some chords on his old Telecaster. Before I even realized it, I had my own acoustic guitar and had fallen deeply under the influence of Steve Kaufman and the seedy underworld of "Flatpicking". Yes, friends, my young mind was captivated by the snappy bass runs and lightning fast licks of Tony Rice, Dan Crary and Doc Watson. Later I would be exposed to younger, more contemporary pickers like Bryan Sutton, Sean Watkins and Luke Bulla, eventually winding up in a deep Norman Blake phase from which I've never fully recovered.
Inevitably, I began teaching and performing to support my guitaristic habits, playing everywhere from tiny restaurants (The Listening Room-Nashville) to historic attractions (Jimmy Driftwood Theater-Mtn View, AR) to huge outdoor festivals between headliners like Tim McGraw and REO Speedwagon (Show Me Music & Arts Fest). I kept company with artists like Steve Mitchell, Route 66, Bradley Matthew, Mount Zion and the Lilly Mountaineers, released two solo CD's (my songs have been used in several syndicated non-musical radio and TV programs), a bluegrass gospel album with Mount Zion and even a guitar method book, by which many other young and impressionable minds have been doomed to a life of guitar playing.
Today, I lead a shameful double life. Five days a week I embody the ideal of domestic bliss with a managerial job, a beautiful wife, and a tidy home with an SUV in the driveway. On weekends I frequently fall back into the old habits, playing music as a sideman, band member or a solo artist. These solo concerts generally include potentially lethal amounts of flatpicked guitar music, but are balanced for safety's sake with a goodly dose of hymns, celtic aires, fingerstyle pieces, cartoon/game themes and sometimes long, anything-goes jams. I've also begun devoting many of my evenings to transcribing solos for aspiring guitarists and maintaining my tongue-in-cheek music oriented blog "The Philosophical Flatpicker".
As a teacher, performer, transcriber, writer, blogger, and all-around lunatic, you can see what an effect the guitar's had on my life. Whether at a festival, coffeehouse, church, convention hall, living room or the dank back allies of the World Wide Web, I tend to corrupt those around me with an infectious love for guitar music. You’ve been warned, so listen at your own risk.
Best wishes-Dan O'Callaghan
Dan O'Callaghan: Guitar
Norman Blake, Steve Kaufman, Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel
What to Expect
As a solo artist, I play guitar instrumentals in the Appalachian Folk/Celtic inspired "Flatpicking" style popularized by Norman Blake, Robin Bullock, Steve Kaufman and others. I can play practically any style, and for specific gigs can collaborate with various session musicians and singers to build a set especially to your liking. I can banter with the audience and tell some jokes and stories if you desire a stage performance or simply shut up and play the guitar if you prefer background music.
Solo shows: 2 Microphones OR 1 microphone and 1 DI (direct input) 1/4".
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Band Member Wanted, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Church Service, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Restaurant, Reunion, Seminar, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Workshop
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