I am a musician and composer specializing in the Native American Flute, Irish Penny Whistle, and Didgeridoo. Available for intimate and family gatherings, weddings, services, background music, meditation, or just plain relaxation. I also enjoy composing original tunes, encouraging musical interests with children, and improvisational settings.
Price Range: $50-120
Gig Length: 10 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
My performances are low-tech and meant to be in a comfortable setting. A typical performance would include original compositions on the Native American Flute sometimes accompanied by background tracks either from myself or other performers. I have a wide range of musical styles from slow and meditative to upbeat and fun. Playing the Irish Penny whistle usually consists of Celtic traditional with some original compositions. I also enjoy playing around with the Didgeridoo either as a solo or accompanied by a background track.
If children are present I most certainly would invite them up on certain tunes to accompany me with percussion or vocals in order to make the experience more enjoyable with varying results never to be repeated.
Stephen Darnell is a meditational/New Age performer and composer for the Native American Style Flute living in the Frederick, Maryland area.
Inspired by musicians such as Douglas Spotted Eagle, Michael Allen, and Ash Dargan, Stephen has embraced the melodic wonder that the flute has to offer opening a realm of soulful and empowering creativity.
Classically trained, Stephen has always had music as an important part in his life. Beginning in Junior High School, Stephen has played the French horn up through the first years of college and has developed a heartfelt passion for the handbells with over 40 years of experience both as an ensemble player and soloist.
Since the turn of the century his interest has expanded to encompass world music including Irish folk music mastering the art of the penny whistle and playing at local Irish pubs during open traditional sessions. Discovering new treasures within the World music scene, Stephen has become learned on the didgeridoo, percussion, and Native American style flute embracing a new home where soulful creativity and soothing mindfulness offers the encouragement and inspiration to play from the heart.
Since 2014, Stephen has performed for the “Songwriters Showcase”, hosted by the Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise (F.A.M.E.); Spirit First meditation, SOL Yoga, and private venues. January 2015 he will be a featured artist at the Hill Chapel benefit concert in New Market, MD hosted by F.A.M.E.
Stephen is a member of the Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise, Songwriters Association of Washington, and the World Flute Society.
My set consists of Native American Flutes, Irish whistles, Didgeridoo, percussion instruments, video screen, projector, amplifier, looper, microphone (if none provided).
Influences & Inspiration
Douglas Spotted Eagle, Mary Youngblood, Cornell Kinderknecht, Ash Dargan, Clannad
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