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© 2017 by Daniel Nestlerode

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By Way of Some Biographical Information...

Something You Might Not Know...

Daniel is a singer and songwriter who writes and performs mostly on mandolin family instruments. Born in Pennsylvania seasoned in California, Daniel has developed a style that balances both traditional and modern, vocal and instrumental material.  Inspiration for his original material comes from his surroundings, his family, and their shared histories. Daniel chooses traditional music to fit the themes he addresses in his original work. 


During his early days in central Pennsylvania Daniel picked up the guitar, started writing music, and played in a few bands. Local success inspired Daniel to move to California in pursuit of a career in music. Further inspired by his acquaintance with mandolinist/percussionist/raconteur, Joe Craven, Daniel began playing mandolin. He was hooked from the first moment, and in a few years made the mandolin his primary instrument.


While in California Daniel made full use of his access to the great mandolinists of our time. He studied with David Grisman, Mike Marshal, Mike Compton, Don Stiernberg, and Tim O'Brien.

A resident of France, since 2018, Daniel relocated to California to Cambridge, England in 2012 after marrying Claudine.  He gave up being a vegetarian, and then became a dad when a baby girl was born.  

Daniel and Claudine's baby girl learned to walk during the recording sessions for Daniel's first CD, More Than a Little Guitar.

2014, saw the birth of Daniel's son and a lot of touring behind the CD.


In 2015 Daniel added guitarist Paul Ballantyne and they began performing as duo full time. Firsts for the year included a well received spot at Ely Folk Festival, and participation in two new festivals, Folk in a Field and Knitted Characters Folk Festival. Both sold out. Another first was meeting and learning from Simon Mayer, the UK's entry to the Pantheon of mandolin greats.  


Daniel finally got back into the studio in 2016.  A few more friends participated in the sessions, and the result is Almost Home, which was released in July 2017.

Not waiting long before getting back to the studio, Daniel wrote, recorded, and released an original Christmas song, "A Bit of Magic," in November 2017.

CD number 3 is well underway and we're looking forward to a summer 2019 release date.