Folk Festival 2019
He's been everywhere, man, although singer-songwriter Danny Michel would find a way more sweet and resonant way to describe his many journeys than merely listing them. He has evolved from co-founding late-‘80s eclectic ska-rock band The Rhinos, through power-pop trio Starling in the 1990s, to pursuing a solo career of gently electrified folk and rock, with raspy lyrics that can make you cry, snicker and pause for introspection even before Michel gets to the bridge.
Michel has won his share of Canadian Folk Music Awards, nominations for Junos and the Polaris Prize, as well as widespread praise: his maraca-backed cover of “Young Americans” won praise by David Bowie himself. Another otherworldly, Chris Hadfield, brought Michel onto an icebreaker on the Arctic Ocean for an artistic exploration project—the songwriter returned with an ode to the north arranged with classical strings and bass. For another project, he moved to Belize and recorded with The Garifuna Collective, a fusion that evoked Paul Simon's Graceland.
Lately, he's back to troubadouring around in his old van, going as far as his wily smile and charming songwriting will get him — which is to say pretty much everywhere.
Biography by Jason Markusoff
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