Dan Milner: Biography and Class Description
Dan Milner has had a love affair with Irish songs from boyhood. His father sang a nucleus of ballads learned from his great-grandfather, Patrick McKay of Ennis, Co. Clare, and Dan has greatly added to that repertoire over five decades. His song book A Bonnie Bunch of Roses (Oak 1983) is a classic, and he has recorded five CDs with a host of musicians, including Billy McComiskey, Joanie Madden, John Doyle, Mick Moloney, Gabe Donohue and Brian Conway. Irish Pirate Ballads (Smithonian Folkways 2009) received two INDIE nominations. Dan teaches history and geography at St. John’s University, and ballads at NYU. Welcome at festivals and sessions anywhere, he often sings with his old friend Robbie O’Connell, and with his wife Bonnie Milner.
My classes will concentrate on helping students find unique songs suitable to their voices. There will be lots of singing, plus discussion on what makes certain songs great, and where to find them.