Vocal and instrumental fingerstyle acoustic guitar featuring traditional, original and cover tunes. Dan has performed/recorded with Phil Keaggy (Grammy nominee and Dove award winner), Robin Kessinger (1985 National Flatpicking Champion), Nedra Talley Ross (Ronettes), Phil Madeira (Grammy winner, Nashville songwriter, producer and recording artist), and L Arthur Nichols (Grammy winner, Nashville producer and songwriter). Dan has twice been a regional finalist in the Mountain Stage/New Song Contest and was also a finalist in the 2010 Independent Music Awards. Dan has also received recognition from Billboard, Song Of The Year, Worldwide Singer-Songwriter, and East Coast Songwriter contests.
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Dan has performed/recorded with Phil Keaggy (Grammy nominee and Dove award winner), Robin Kessinger (1985 National Flatpicking Champion), Nedra Talley Ross (Ronettes), Phil Madeira (Grammy winner, Nashville songwriter, producer and recording artist), L Arthur Nichols (Grammy winner, Nashville producer and songwriter), Lance DeMers (Hannah's Prayer), John Fischer, Jenny Allinder, Ted Sandquist and others.
It wasn't until the late 1990's that Dan began to concentrate on his own music, culminating in the release of Dan's first CD, INTO THE FLOW, in 2001. The all-instrumental recording was a “Viewer’s Choice” award winner on (link hidden).
His second CD, I THINK OF HOME, built on this musical vision, expanding the range of expression for Appalachian music. The songs received recognition in several songwriting competitions
Dan's third CD, WAYFARING STRANGER (2006), placed third in Kweevak's Listener's Choice Awards. "Big Gene", won Honorable Mention in the SONG OF THE MONTH contest. Traditional storytelling is mixed with a measured touch of contemporary sounds.
BACK TO MORGANTOWN (2008), is all acoustic. It features his bone-janglin', brain twistin', finger-picking guitar. Original tunes by Dan plus a few traditional favorites: When Johnny Comes Marching Home is meted out on Dan's old acoustic guitar and the music ends with the old Scottish song, Annie Laurie presented in a simple arrangement with guitar, vocal and cello.
In 2010, Dan released the single Out Of My Mind, a tragic tale set in the 1920's coalfields of West Virginia. This song received recognition in the regional finals of the 2010 Mountain Stage/New Song Contest and was also a finalist in the 2010 Independent Music Awards (Story Song category).
Dan was also a semifinalist in the 2011 SONG OF THE YEAR contest and the ACOUSTIC ROUNDTABLE 2011 WORLDWIDE SINGER/SONGWRITER MUSIC SEARCH
APPALACHIAN SONG (2103) featured traditional favorites like Amazing Grace, John Henry, and Angel Band are included along with West Virginia My Home and several originals - all performed acoustically with guitar, fiddle, bass, mandolin.
The Dominion Post has described Dan's playing as "guitar genius"
and by Ben Ohmart of Music Dish as "luscious."
“The guitar is outstanding! I’m talking great technique, great emotion and inventive playing.” (link hidden)
"Dan Cunningham plays his guitar the way a man loves a woman---
with heart and caring and affection." Richard Fuller
Courts of the King (1976) Ted Sandquist
Emerging (1977) Phil Keaggy Band
Let The Whole Earth (1984) Ted Sandquist
Be My Refuge (1985) Ted Sandquist
Not For Flatpickers Only (1986) Robin Kessinger
Re-Emerging (2000) Phil Keaggy Band
Into The Flow (2001)
Thread Of Healing (2002) Karen Taylor
I Think Of Home(2003)
Wayfaring Stranger (2006)
Back To Morgantown (2008)
Out Of My Mind (2010) single
River Flow (2011)
Appalachian Song (2013)
Christmas Guitar (2016)
Additional Booking Notes
Will bring sound system - just need room to set up and a power source close by.
must be under cover if outdoors