Dan Connolly (musician)
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Dan Connolly is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and Irish drummer. He recentlyTemplate:When started his music career in earnest, drawing from a varied background. With an extensive repertoire of ballads and fusion rock, Connolly now has a band that includes the violinist Geoffrey Castle and other Seattle musicians.
The son of first generation Irish immigrants, Connolly's father introduced him to music, most notably in the form of traditional Irish folk. He was raised in a house constantly flooded with music ranging from 200-year-old Celtic songs, to Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and the Beatles.
As a diver in the United States Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, Connolly traveled the world to dive and to defuse underwater bombs in some of the most war-torn places on earth. Between missions, he wrote and performed for thousands aboard aircraft carriers and in various ports around the world.
It was during his travels through South America that his potential as a musician was fully realized. During fall 2005 in Bogotá, Colombia, Connolly was "discovered" by a local producer and brought to a studio to record some of his early work.
Connolly has since recorded with the violinist Geoffrey Castle and other notable musicians[no citations needed here]. At home in Seattle, he performs regularly, both solo and with his band, at venues around the Pacific Northwest, and was invited to play one of his compositions, "The Compassion Song", for the Dalai Lama during a visit to Seattle in April 2008. His first CD, Running Under Water, was released in February 2009.
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