In New York, Danny was lead guitarist and singer in several bands – Renaissance, Streetheart, White Heat and Domino. A few early highlights – they opened for Neil Diamond, the Critters, and played many venues in New York, including the Café Wha in Greenwhich Village.
Later, as a duo with Richard Ivans they played the Village Gate and Night Owl Café.
Danny did a short stint with Eric Mercury and his ten-piece band, playing opposite folk legends Tim Hardin, Odetta, Richie Havens and for five straight nights with the Grateful Dead. This was at the Café Au Go Go in Greenwhich Village.
Danny joined the Blackwater Boys, an Irish trio, performing in NY, Worchester, Mass., and Washington, DC. The group then grew in size and became Blackwater – playing a variety of country and western music. Blackwater played the top country music spots in NYC – City Limits, Remington’s, Sundown, O’Lunney’s - and eventually became house band at the famous Lone Star Café.
Blackwater opened for many country, folk and blues artists including Porter Waggoner, Dr. John, Jaco Pastorius, Roger McGuinn, Ricky Scaggs, David Carradine, Vassar Clements, et al.
Highlights: Blackwater played a party for the president of Warner Brothers, where they met George Lukas, Steven Spielberg, and Dustin Hoffman, They also played a party at Bob Guccione’s Penthouse Mansion on Madison Avenue.
Blackwater eventually performed in Bermuda, for six weeks at the largest nightclub on the island – The Forty Thieves Club. The group returned for another six-week stint.
Danny performed as a solo act at two of Bermuda’s finest pub-restaurants – The Hog Penny Pub in Hamilton, and the King Henry the VIII pub and restaurant in Southampton. Danny played Bermuda as a soloist off and on for 10 years, performing music of all sorts – pop, light rock, country, Irish and sing-a-longs.
Danny performed as a soloist in the Crown Viking Lounge on two of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships, Sovereign Of the Seas, and Vision Of the Seas.
In Connecticut, Danny played at various pub restaurants in Fairfield County including the Redding Road House and Thatcher’s.
Along with co-writer Stephen Smith, Danny won the New Folk Songwriting competition in Kerrville, Texas, (1997).
Danny and Steve performed at Kerrville and later at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN.