Dan Connolly is rapidly building a reputation as one of the Seattle area's most passionate and driven songwriters and performers. The superbly crafted debut release "Running Under Water," produced by Don Gunn (Collider, The Humans) paved the way for this former US Navy deep sea diver turned musician. Connolly immediately released his second album "Low to High," a tribute to his Irish roots, and was promptly scooped up by the Kirkland Performance Center for his debut as a presented artist. He has been asked to perform for the Dalai Lama, has opened for a member of the Eagles (Timothy B. Schmitt), and headlined at exclusive clubs such as the Triple Door.
Monday nights have become a hot spot at Kirkland's Wilde Rover, where Dan plays with uber-talented lineup Geoffrey Castle (electric violin), Eric Robert (keys/bass) and Darin Watkins (drums). The set ranges from beer-slamming Irish drinking songs to gems from his lush catalog of original material.
Dan plays a solo set every third Tuesday night at Zeek's (in the Issaquah Highlands), performing new material and favorites from his growing catalog. Friends come and bring new friends each month to experience a raw, fresh show each time. The experimental nature of his sets there have served as a testing ground for a new project called Wildvine, which combine virtual instruments and sound effects triggered by gestures or motion. A random sound that someone in the audience makes may be sampled and used later in the same show, or someone dancing may effect the sound of the guitar, for example. Therefore, each show is a unique and collaborative experience. While still in the very early stages of development, a buzz is already starting and the "vine is growing".