The Dan Haley Phriendharmonic tribute to Van Morrison

  • 7 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About The Dan Haley Phriendharmonic tribute to Van Morrison


Dan Haley has been a fixture in the Portland "East Side Sound scene" since he formed Ed & The Boats in the 80's after attending Mt. Hood Community College's esteemed jazz program.  Haley became an indispensable side man playing guitar, mandolin and singing harmony with local legends Jimmy Boyer, Little Sue, and the Belmont Street Octet.  In the 90's He distinguished himself improvising on mandolin in rock, folk and jazz settings and began his career as a guitar teacher.

Dan traveled to Germany where he recorded two albums and co-founded the folk-rock trio The Rails, eventually landing in Vermont where he spent the next decade gigging and playing on dozens of Vermont artists' recordings such as Spencer Lewis, Susannah Blachly, and Mark LeGrand.  Dan continued to study jazz as well as Celtic, Bluegrass, and Klezmer mandolin styles, and teach guitar, mandolin, and music theory.  His classes were eventually picked up by the Summit School of Traditional Music & Culture where he taught group approaches to improvisation for any instrument based on observing the white keys of the piano.  He has taught songwriting at Champlain College and has been featured along with Starfish Studios colleague Marilee Hord at Nashville's Music City Roots, home of the Grand Ole Opry. Dan is beloved in Vermont and Oregon for his "fab/rustic art-pop" original songs and instrumental virtuosity.

Recently re-established in Portland, Dan now teaches music instruction, showcases his songs in solo shows, and plays as a sideman with local artists like Billy Kennedy andTim Acott.  His approach to teaching is student-centered and grounded in improving technique while making music accessible to all ages and abilities.

Dan Haley has had the pleasure of opening for The Pretenders, Dan Hicks, Townes Van Zandt and Camper Van Beethoven in his various incarnations.

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