Declan, who comes from musical family, started playing music professionally at the age of 14. For a number of years he played, as a full time member in the Belfast Harp Orchestra, from which he retired to complete his A levels. Having also played in a local folk band he quickly learned to play the mandolin, 5-string banjo and guitar and developed skills on all of them.
After completing his A level music, he decided to continue his musical career by coming to Glasgow to study in the Applied Music course in Strathclyde University with his harp which he completed in 2004 with a 2-1 honours degree.
He played solo and with groups during that time and began to develop a voice and guitar style which allowed him to branch out from the folk world. He has performed in many session situations for recording, and live broadcasts in both TV and radio. He has played for both the Pope and the Queen on their visits to Glasgow.
Now with 10 years experience as a solo performer and having played at some of the most prestigious venues and events in the UK, Declan is one of the most sought after musicians in the country. You'd think that talent and reputation at this level would mean Declan may be a little stand-offish but you couldn't be more wrong. He's still the same easy going young man that loves to play for any audience and is as down to earth and grounded as he was when he first came to Glasgow.
You'll also be pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive it can be to hire a talent of this standard. Declan is a full time professional musician, this is how he pays his mortgage so you can expect realistic charges and superb value for money. Instant quotes are based on a maximum performance time of 2 hours. If you need more or less time, let us know as this will affect his fee.
Hire Declan to play harp at your ceremony and then to perform during your drinks reception. Or impress your corporate clients by adding Declan to your forthcoming event. You'll prove you have two things; good taste and the pleasure of your guests in mind.
Declan was the perfect performer for our wedding, he was very friendly and helpful throughout the day and always greeted us with positivity.
His musical ability was a great hit with our guests both as Scottish Harp during the drinks reception and in the evening for dancing into the night.
He learnt our first dance song 'Dream a Little Dream' and it was perfect!
Highly rate Declan and would definatley recommend him to anyone wishing for a laid back and fun music style for their wedding.
Declan was everything we could have dreamed of and more. My entire family and friends commented on how wonderful he was. He was so kind, professional, and did exactly the kind of music we requested!
We loved every minute of his set & we are so thankful we hired him.
Declan was fantastic from start to finish…..fabulous entertainment for our drinks reception after our wedding ceremony, every one of our guests commented on how good he was, wouldn’t hesitate in booking him again….amazing!
Declan was fantastic, from the minute we booked to the last moment he was at our Wedding. He is a class act at what he does, kept our guests entertained and his music choices were top notch!
Declan was awesome. We knew he was good from the videos we had seen, but as a live performer we were blown away by just how good he was. Time after time our guests complimented us on our choice of wedding entertainment.
He hit every note and made a great impact.
I cannot recommend him highly enough.
And to top it off he is a thoroughly nice bloke who was happy to chat away to the guests and myself.
Hireaband is our go-to for events in Scotland. With a turnaround of 6 days what's not to love about Hireaband and their performers! Delighted.
Declan was superb and provided an excellent backdrop to our drinks reception where all our guests thought his playing and singing excellent. We received many favourable comments on Declan's playing on the day and subsequently.
Declan also took time to learn and play our favourite 16th century Irish love song during the wedding service which delighted not only Veronica and I but all our guests.
Would no hesitation in highly recommending Declan for any special occasion or event.
We just wanted to thank you so much for performing at our wedding. The guests raved about you and a couple have actually asked for your name! I personally heard the harp :) I opened the window and listened to you as the guests arrived and it sounded so magical! Your guitar talents are off the chart!
Thanks so much for making our wedding day so special.
Declan was fantastic to work with from beginning to end. He listened to all our requests and went to every length to fulfill them and even when something wasn't working out he had fantastic suggestions and ideas that not only fit our day but helped take it to the next level.
His flexibility on instruments and range of song style and choices helped keep the day magical and relaxed and the guests all enjoyed the mood and atmosphere he helped create before, during and after the ceremony. We were thrilled with his effort and performance on the day and glad he helped make it so wonderful.
Hireaband were just brilliant in helping us book Declan. It was a little late in the day as we had been let down by another performer. I chatted to Gaye Young on email and managed to book Declan within the day. This was fantastic service.
Declan is a brilliant musician. He went above and beyond to provide bespoke music for our wedding ceremony and this was very much appreciated. He's clearly a busy guy and manged to work with us at short notice to deliver something that was beyond our expectations.
Declan was brilliant, really talented. Everyone commented on him. So sorry he didn't get the recognition he deserved as the singing waiters kicked in and took over. Thank you so much in helping make our day so special.
As ever, my enquiry was dealt with by Hireaband quickly and the booking process completed efficiently.
Declan is a delight to work with - he understand the corporate market can be a little less discerning of performance but gives total quality every time.
Really positive feedback from our guests, just sorry we didn't get to hear more of Declan as we were to busy with photographs.
A great choice of a very talented musician. Guitar and vocals followed by the Harp. Tourists on the beach stopped to film Declan and all the guests commented on his performance. would highly recommend.
Declan was fantastic, he kept our guests more than entertained while we were having our pictures taken, many of our guests complimented our choice of entertainment. He played the harp and also the guitar and sang, what a talent. We highly recommend Declan.
Just a quick message to let you know that Declan has been amazing throughout, very helpful in offering song choices etc., and down to earth and courteous during all conversations. His performances on the day, both on the harp, and singing and playing guitar were outstanding, as I always knew they would be. Thanks ever so much!
Quite simply, he was excellent.
Hi. We would like to record our appreciation to Declan Daniel for the music he played at our wedding reception last Saturday. Many of the guests commented on the quality of his playing and there is no doubt that Declan's music added a very special ingredient to our special day. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes for his musical career. Many thanks also for a very efficient service. Best wishes
We had a great day, very much helped by great performances from both Declan and Star Club. We met with Declan before the wedding and he helped us to choose some great music for the ceremony, which gave it a particularly personal feel. Star Club were excellent for the entire evening; such a huge range of great songs that got everyone up dancing. Sweet guitar too :-) Thanks also to all the staff at Hire-a-Band for their help. We will be recommending you to anyone looking to book acts for any occasion. Many thanks.
Declan played so beautifully during our ceremony and drinks reception - it was exactly what we were looking for and he was so helpful before helping me to choose the music etc. Massive thank you!
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