Australian session musician, drummer, percussionist and vocalist.

drumdriver1@gmail.com

A DRUMMING NATURAL…

Danny McKenna is an Australian session musician who has displayed a passionate involvement in drumming and music for over twenty five years.

He is a highly regarded and spirited player, whose uniquely textural approach to playing the drums has earned him well-deserved recognition.

With an intuitive musical language that combines innate feel, adeptness and flair with perceptive listening, Danny is called upon to perform and record regularly with high profile Australian and international acts.

Working primarily in the Australian Blues/Roots/Soul scene, he is also embraced by artists in other genres like jazz, world, experimental soundscape and hard rock.

 

Live to air on PBSFM 106.7 with instrumental psychedelic ensemble Magic Mountain Band

Danny cherishes the connection made through a live music experience, and brings professional attitude and expressive performance to every show.

Regular touring and recording gigs are with multiple ARIA award winners Jeff Lang and Mia Dyson, and he also performs regularly with Magic Mountain Band, Stax On Soul Revue, and Milk Records' Dyson/Stringer/Cloher.

Danny has enjoyed tours across continents including Spain, France, Turkey, Japan, Austria and New Zealand, and performed at renowned international festivals such as Fuji Rock and Sakifo, Reunion Island.

International artists that Danny has toured and recorded for include gruff Canadian troubadour Ben Caplan, New Zealand crooner Marlon Williams, Irish folk hero Gallie and Norwegian dark pop songstress Zia.

With world music ensemble Unified Gecko at Federation Square, Melbourne Australia

Gallie's 'The Occoquan River' album launch at Memo Music Hall, St Kilda. Pic by Marcus Byrne.

Danny is a veteran performer at esteemed Australian festivals, including Byron Bay Bluesfest, Womadelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, St Kilda Festival, Meredith Music Festival, A Day On The Green, Queenscliff Music Festival, Blues at Broadbeach, Blues at Bridgetown, Cairns Music Festival, National Folk Festival, Thredbo Blues, Darwin Festival, Dark MOFO, The Gympie Muster and Falls Festival, to name a few.

With Mia Dyson at the Supernatural Ampitheatre, Meredith Music Festival

With Ben Caplan at Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland.

Danny has been fortunate to drum with a diverse range of global artists throughout his career, in genres including

BLUES with Matt Walker, CW StonekingChris WilsonIan CollardShaun Kirk, Benny Walker,Ray Beadle,

FUNK/SOUL with Kylie AuldistLance FergusonClairy BrowneThe Wolfgramm SistersElla Thompson, Phill Ceberano, Jo Jo Smith,

JAZZ with Steve MagnussonTamara MurphyPaul WilliamsonTim Neal,

REGGAE with Nicky Bomba, Blue King Brown,

ROCK/POP with Dan SultanElla HooperJohn Butler, Vernon ReidDallas FrascaPaul Greene,

FOLK with Jordie Lane, Emily LubitzJill BarberGreg Arnold, David Bridie, Neil Murray, Sime Nugent, Jaron Freeman Fox, Leah Flanagan, Suzannah Espieand

WORLD with Bobby Singh, Frank Yamma, The Borderers, Neda Rahmani, Savas Zurnaci and Joseph Tawadros.

The wide musical breadth of these artists is testament to Danny’s seasoned expertise.

Mia Dyson's 'The Moment' record launch at The Corner Hotel, Melbourne.

Photo by Hans J. Jahr

Supporting Eric Clapton at the Sydney Entertainment Centre with Jeff Lang (duo).

Danny works on request as a recording session artist for a variety of musicians, producers and studios.

He relishes the process and collaboration that is captured when in studio, and has been a contributor on over forty releases. 

He makes a point of incorporating diverse and emerging artists into his roster, and has worked across Australia with producers like Paul McKercher (Midnight Oil, The Cruel Sea, the Living End) and Mark Opitz (ACDC, Bob Dylan, INXS, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Kelly)

Session for (and photo by) Mitch Cairns; overdubbing drums and percussion onto existing tracks.

Tracking some live e-kit drums for a television show soundtrack for Keegan Music, Melbourne, Australia.

Recording with jazz guitarist Robbie Melville for his forthcoming 2016 release at Incubator Studios.

Also pictured is pedal steel player Garret Costigan.

In good hands here, exploring sonic textures and drum grooves for (and photo by) Brett Langsford. Also pictured is engineer, ambient sound artist and jazz drummer Joe Talia

Touring exposure and recognition throughout Danny's career has led to endorsement deals with world-renowned Italian cymbal company UFIP, Turkish cymbal manufactures Bosphorus, and Australian distributors of SONOR drums.

In 2013 Danny was awarded an ARIA for his drumming and percussion work on Jeff Lang’s ‘Carried In Mind’(Best Blues and roots Album).

Danny can also claim true universal distribution. A track from Magic Mountain Band’s 'Wilderman' was chosen for inclusion on a gold record, which was sent into space, as part of the Forever Now project in 2014.

PAST / UPCOMING SHOWS >

  • TUES 17 MAY, WED 18 MAY 2016
    Recording for Brett Langsford

  • FRIDAY 20 MAY 2016
    w Mijo Biscan at Bella Union

  • SAT 11 JUNE 2016
    Covers gig, Private Function, Beaumaris

  • WED 15 JUNE 2016
    Recording for Richard Perso at Mitch Cairns Studios

  • THURS 16 JUNE 2016
    Recording for Jeff Lang at The Enclave Studios

  • SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2016
    w Jeff Lang at Verrierdale Full Moon party

  • SATURDAY 16 JULY 2016
    w Cat Canteri at The Union Hotel, Brunswick VIC

  • SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2016
    w Gallie at Memo Music Hall, St Kilda

  • WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST 2016
    w Alex Watts, Album Launch at Hugs And Kisses, Melbourne

  • SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2016
    w Jeff Lang at RedFest, Brisbane

  • FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2016
    w Cat Canteri at The B East, Brunswick VIC

  • FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2016
    w Cat Canteri at The Lomond VIC

  • SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2016
    w Alison Ferrier at Healesville Music Festival VIC

  • FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2016
    w Alex Watts at The Gasometer, VIC

  • SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2016
    w Alison Ferrier at The Union Hotel, Brunswick VIC

  • SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2016
    w Gallie at The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC

  • SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 2016
    w Gallie at Caravan Music Club VIC

  • SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2017
    w Moreland City Soul Revue, The Union Hotel, Brunswick VIC

  • WEDNESDAY 11 JANUARY 2017
    w Moreland City Soul Revue at Queen Victoria Night Markets VIC

  • SATURDAY 14 JANUARY 2017
    w Leah Flanagan at Womejenka Festival,Footscray VIC

  • SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 2017
    w Moreland City Soul Revue, The Union Hotel, Brunswick VIC

  • THURSDAY 26 JANUARY 2017
    w Dereb The Ambassador, Globe to Globe Music Festival VIC

  • FRIDAY 27 JANUARY 2017
    w Dereb The Ambassador, Memo Music Hall VIC

  • THURSDAY 28 JANUARY 2017
    w Dereb The Ambassador, The Night Cat, Fitzroy VIC

  • FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2017
    Recording for Shannon Bourne, Thomas Hugh's album, Strathmore VIC

  • SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2017
    w Alison Ferrier at The Union VIC

  • SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2017
    w Mia Dyson at Riverboats Festival VIC

  • SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2017
    w Mia Dyson at Flying Saucer Club, VIC

  • MONDAY 20 MARCH 2017
    Recording w Benny Walker, VIC

  • SUNDAY 26 MARCH 2017
    w The Pheasantry (CD launch) at The Toff in Town, VIC

  • SATURDAY 1 APRIL 2017
    w Cat Canteri at The Spotted Mallard, VIC

  • SUNDAY 23 APRIL 2017
    w Chuck Barry at Pistol Petes, Geelong VIC

  • SATURDAY 6 MAY 2017
    w Alex Watts at The Post Office Hotel, Brunswick VIC

  • MONDAY 5 JUNE to SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2017
    Recording album for Mijo Biscan, VIC

  • SUNDAY 11 JUNE 2017
    w Thomas Hugh Vecera, Album launch at The Grace Darling Hotel, VIC

  • THURSDAY 13 JULY 2017
    w Benny Walker, Festival of voices, Hobart, TAS

  • SATURDAY 15 JULY 2017
    w Benny Walker, Walking with spirits Festival, Katherine, NT

  • FRIDAY 28 JULY to SUNDAY 30 JULY 2017
    w Benny Walker, Echuca Winter Blues Festival, VIC

  • SATURDAY 5 AUGUST 2017
    w PSST (Paul Slattery Soul Trio), at Pistol Petes, Geelong, VIC

  • WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2017
    w Gallie, at Bella Union, VIC

  • SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER 2017
    w Gallie, at The Lomond, VIC

  • SATURDAY 21st OCTOBER 2017
    w The Borderers, at Pomonal Town Hall, VIC

  • SUNDAY 29th OCTOBER 2017
    w Moreland City Soul Review, at The Spotted Mallard, VIC

  • FRIDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, at Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst NSW

  • SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, Bittr and Twisted Festival, Mailand NSW

  • FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, SSandA, Albury NSW

  • SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2017
    w Benny Walker, Byron Bay Guitar Festival, NSW

  • SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2017
    w Jeff Lang, Byron Bay Guitar Festival, NSW

  • FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

  • SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, Balnarring Community Hall, VIC

  • FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, at Leadbelly, Newtown, NSW

  • SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, at Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW

  • THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, The Royal Oak, SA

  • FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

  • SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD

  • SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, Hotel Brunswick, Brunswick Heads, NSW

  • FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, Northcote Social Club, VIC

  • SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mia Dyson, Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

  • SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mikey Chan and Maryanne McCormack trio at Barwon Heads Cafe

  • SUNDAY 24 DECEMBER 2017
    w Mikey Chan and Maryanne McCormack trio at Barwon Heads Cafe

  • FRIDAY 29 DECEMBER 2017
    w Gallie, Private Function, Preston, VIC

  • SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2018
    w Claire Patti Quartet, Private Function, Yarra Valley VIC

  • MONDAY 8 and TUESDAY 9 JANUARY 2018
    Recording w Todd Cook, Woodstock Studios, St KIlda, VIC

  • SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2018
    w Jeff Lang, Ballarat, VIC

  • SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 2018
    w Alison Ferrier, Union Hotel, Brunswick, VIC

  • WEDNESDAY 7th to FRIDAY 9th FEB 2018
    w Mykel Dixon, Phil Ceberano and Tristan Courtney, 'Pause Fest' house band, Deakin Edge, Fed Square Melbourne VIC

  • SUNDAY 11th FEB 2018
    w Mia Dyson, St KIlda Festival, VIC

  • SATURDAY 17th FEB 2018
    w Neil Murray, at Riverboats Festival, Echuca VIC

  • SUNDAY 25th FEB 2018
    w Alison Ferrier (CD Launch), The Workers Club, VIC

  • THURSDAY 1st MARCH 2018
    w The Mac Project at Mantra, Lorne, VIC

  • SATURDAY 3rd MARCH 2018
    w The Borderers, Music in The Vines Festival, Macarthur, VIC

  • FRIDAY 9th to MONDAY 12th MARCH 2018
    w Jeff Lang at Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC

  • THURSDAY 15th MARCH 2018
    w The Mykel Dixon band, Private Corporate function, Gold Coast, QLD

  • MONDAY 26th MARCH 2018
    w Claire Patti Quartet, Private Function, Stones Winery, Yarra Valley, VIC

  • FRIDAY 30th MARCH to MONDAY 2nd APRIL 2018
    w Benny Walker at Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, NSW

  • THURSDAY 12th APRIL 2018
    w Slats and The Thunderdogs, Pistol Pete's Blues Bar, Geelong, VIC

  • THURSDAY 24th and FRIDAY 25th MAY 2018
    w Mykel Dixon, Private Corporate event, Noosa, QLD

  • SATURDAY 26th MAY 2018
    w Wayne Jury, Pistol Pete's Blues Bar, Geelong, VIC

  • WEDNESDAY 30th MAY and WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE 2018
    Recording album for Karl Straub, The Enclave Studios, VIC

  • SATURDAY 2nd and SUNDAY 3rd JUNE 2018
    Recording album for Gallie, Aviary Studios, VIC

  • SATURDAY 9th JUNE 2018
    w Benny Walker, Arts Centre, Horsham, VIC

  • SUNDAY 10th JUNE 2018
    w Todd Cook, EP Launch, Bruthen Hotel, VIC

  • THURSDAY 28th JUNE 2018
    w Claire Patti Quartet, Paris Cat, Melbourne, VIC

  • WEDNESDAY 4th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Heritage Hotel, Wollongong, NSW

  • THURSDAY 5th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

  • FRIDAY 6th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Sly Fox, Newtown, NSW

  • SATURDAY 7th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Wauchope Arts, NSW

  • SUNDAY 8th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Live Spark, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD

  • SUNDAY 8th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Lefties Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

  • THURSDAY 12th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW

  • FRIDAY 13th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Upper Lansdowne Hall, NSW

  • SATURDAY 14th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

  • SUNDAY 15th JULY 2018
    w Cat Canteri (East Coast album launch tour), Smith's Alternative, Canberra, ACT

  • SUNDAY 22nd JUNE 2018
    w Todd Cook, The Wesley Anne, VIC

  • WEDNESDAY 8th AUGUST 2018
    Record single for Benny Walker, Park Orchard Studios, VIC

  • THURSDAY 23rd and FRIDAY 24th AUGUST 2018
    w Mykel Dixon, Private Corporate event, Sydney, NSW

  • FRIDAY 31st AUGUST 2018
    w Mykel Dixon, Private Corporate event, Melbourne, VIC

  • THURSDAY 6th, FRIDAY 7th, SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2018
    w Mykel Dixon, Private Corporate event, Noosa, QLD

  • FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2018
    w Gallie, Steve Hadley, Bruce Haymes, Songs of JJ Cale at Dogs Bar, St Kilda, VIC

  • SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 2018
    w Benny Walker, Eden Festival, NSW

  • SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER to WEDNESDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2018
    Recording album for Above the bit, Stovetop Stuidios, VIC

  • SATURDAY 6th OCTOBER 2018
    w The Mac Project, Private Function, Portarlington, VIC

  • WEDNESDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2018
    w Claire Patti, Harp String Swing at Paris Cat, Melbourne VIC

  • SATURDAY 20th NOVEMBER 2018
    w Todd Cook at Two Worlds Festival, Geelong, VIC

  • SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2018
    w Jeff Lang, Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival, VIC

  • THURSDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2018
    w Empire State Elevators, CD Launch, Jazzlab, VIC

  • TUESDAY 20th NOVEMBER 2018
    w MyKel Dixon, Corporate event, Sydney, NSW

  • THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2018
    w MyKel Dixon, Corporate event, Melbourne, VIC

  • FRIDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2018
    w Benny Walker at Inland Sea and Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW

  • FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER 2018
    w Leah Flannagan at Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

  • THURSDAY 17th to SUNDAY 20th JANUARY 2019
    w Jeff Lang, Thredbo Blues Festival, and regional shows tbc NSW

  • SATURDAY 26th JANUARY 2019
    w Benny Walker at Portland, VIC

  • FRIDAY 15th FEBRUARY 2019
    w Benny Walker at Grampians Festival, VIC

  • SATURDAY 16th, SUNDAY 17th FEBRUARY 2019
    w Benny Walker at Riverboats Festival, Echuca, VIC

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Danny McKenna continues to passionately embrace music as a collaborative art form amongst an expanding creative collective.

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