Danny & Aki are a Dublin-based traditional music duo. Their repertoire is a fresh mixture of music from Irish, American and Nordic traditions. Danny’s open-tuned fiddle and Aki’s nyckelharpa together create a unique drone-rich, sparsely ornamented style that brings out the elegant simplicity and timeless beauty of these traditional melodies. The sound is firmly rooted in the tradition, yet their interpretations make the music distinctively their own.

Danny Diamond is a fiddler, photographer and sound archivist. Danny comes from a musical background – his parents, Dermot and Tara are well-known for their music. He is also a member of the band Mórga, with whom he released an album in 2009 and has performed at numerous music festivals in Ireland and Europe, including The Willie Clancy Summer School, Tonder Festival, Shetland Folk Festival. Danny’s music has been featured on television and radio programmes for BBC, RTÉ and TG4. He lives in Dublin and works for the Irish Traditional Music Archive as a sound archivist and collector.

Aki is a multi-instrumentalist and visual artist based in Dublin. Aki has played and studied various styles of music including rock, classical, traditional Irish and experimental music. Over the years he has played in various line-ups that have shared the stage with such well-known acts as Altan and Liam O’Flynn. He has also composed music for short films.