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Danny McClelland and the Sons of Erin / Bio

Danny grew up in the music business traveling around the world with his dad, a touring musician who was later in international sales and marketing for several labels. He bought Danny a professional studio when he was sixteen, and Danny has been honing his craft ever since. To allow him to travel with his dad, he was homeschooled until High School where he met his bandmates. They all graduated from Franklin Classical School in ‘08 under the tutelage of Dr. George Grant. He was taught so well that he was awarded Maxima Cum Laude in the National Latin Exam, receiving an unsolicited invitation from Yale University to attend. He instead rascalled around for a while until university graduate and part-time terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to kill him on his way home from a music internship in Kenya. He is currently attending Nashville State Community College to get his English degree in hopes of teaching at his alma mater, Franklin Classical School. He loves hanging out and making music with his talented friends. Growing up, his dream was to be skilled enough to play with his father, and he has since realized that dream, singing on the new danhband.com record to be released this winter.

Danny is recording his new Celtic album, Wanderlust, with the Sons of Erin, and often rehearses at his dad’s house in the city formerly known as Jingo. He has played and toured with Troubadour, HillCity Lights and Jordan Elias & Company, but he feels at home in his latest project with the Sons of Erin. He even lets his dad play with him occasionally: “My dad can’t resist sitting in on djimbe when he hears the opening to Mary Jane’s Last Dance or Southern Cross.” – Danny McClelland

Drew Mahand was born in Knoxville and has lived in Tennessee for most of his life. He played piano for 6 years, until highshool when he picked up bass. In college, Drew persued a Law degree and was awarded a schollarship for vocal performance. In 2010 he went on tour with a band Danny in HillCity Lights. They played throughout the north east including Kentucky, Ohio, and Pensilvainia. He now lives in Franklin and loves hanging out and playing with the Sons of Erin. -Drew

James Churchill was born near Chicago, IL, but moved often while growing up, until finally
making his home in Franklin, TN. In spite of his peripatetic upbringing, Seamus was
heavily involved with school, competitive gymnastics, and piano lessons. He studied classical piano for 10 years—learning such composers as Bach, Mozart, and Chopin—but never considered a career as a musician. After graduating from Franklin Classical School, Seamus attended Wake Forest University, where he majored in Chinese and graduated summa cum laude in 2011. While in college, when he wasn’t studying languages or linguistics, Seamus used his spare time to experiment with different genres of music and piano improvisation.

General Info

Band Members
Danny McClelland, James Churchill, Rebecca Wolfe, Drew Mahand
Artist Name
Danny McClelland and the Sons of Erin
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Active Since
Celtic / Irish/Folk / Classic Rock

Contact Info

Nashville, TN
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