“Instrumental Accompaniment” with Geoff Goodhue and Danny Knicely 


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“Instrumental Accompaniment” with Geoff Goodhue and Danny Knicely

September 4, 2021; 3:00 – 4:00 pm

In ensemble playing, it is helpful for one instrument to play the melody line and another to provide the rhythmic or harmonic accompaniment.  Learn the basics of instrumental accompaniment from the simplest chord progressions to more elaborate styles, whether accompanying with guitar, fiddle, or mandolin.

Originally hailing from Boxford, Massachusetts, Geoff Goodhue graduated in 2004 from Ohio University with a B.F.A. in Percussion Performance plus a certificate in Environmental Studies.  Alongside Danny Knicely in the Bryan Bowers Band and with his family outfit, The Goodhues Band, Geoff has performed and instructed at the Mountain Laurel, California and Northwest Autoharp Gatherings throughout the past four years.  Geoff plays drums on J.D. Hutchison’s You and the World Outside, a 2016 release produced by and featuring Tim O’Brien.  He is the mandolinist and vocalist in the award winning Vermont based Bluegrass quintet, Beg, Steal or Borrow.  Currently living in Jackson, NH, Geoff also works as a commercial composting toilet system professional with Clivus New England.

Danny Knicely comes from a musical family steeped in a mountain music tradition for generations. He first learned music from his grandfather, A.O. Knicely, who played dances and social events in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia beginning in the 1930’s. Danny has used his roots in old-time and bluegrass to explore various types of music from around the world. He has shared his music and collaborated with musicians in over a dozen countries spanning four continents, including U.S. State Department tours in Tunisia, Morocco, Russia and Cabo Verde.

Danny has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, fiddle and flat-foot dance expertise, including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. His masterful mandolinistry and original compositions can be heard on his debut recording “Roots and Branches” and his colorful, versatile, acoustic guitar picking can be heard on his “Waltz for Aimee” album.

Danny is an avid music educator whose students have gone on to attain degrees at institutions such as Berklee College of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. He has also taught at some of the leading music camps in the U.S. including Augusta Heritage Center, Common Ground on the Hill, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and Millwood Blues Week.