DANI, who played at Sofa Sessions #8 (International Women's Day special)


Sofa Sessions #8 (International Women’s Day 2012)

DANI performed a beautiful set at Sofa Sessions #8, a lunch-time special for International Women’s Day, in the Ulster Hall. She’d got in touch with me to say she’d love a slot but was happy to just give a hand – bless her! One of the most proactive and energetic musicians I’ve met, she played some lovely songs for us at lunch that day and then raced off to Dublin for another great evening gig. Racking up an impressive list of gigs and support slots, she launched her second EP, A Whisker Away, in 2015.


DANI is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter and guitarist who enjoys playing a host of different instruments. Inspired by the sounds of blues, trad and the showbands she was raised with, her vocals fabricate a blend of bluesy coarseness with lullabies that tell you more than what meets the eye. This, coupled with her unmistakable folk style of guitar playing and mismatched riffs that ring out with sincerity, creates an atmosphere of unpredictability…Yet each line, lyric and phrase exposes a rawness that leaves an indelible mark upon the listener.

Known only by the singular moniker, DANI is a singer songwriter who is fast scaling the heights of the scene across Ireland but with accomplished musicianship, mesmerising solos, heartbreaking vocals and massive riffs that would give Mumford & Sons cramp. There is much more to this young talent than meets the eye. – Scott Edgar / Folk ‘n Tumble