Daryl Shawn blends the guitar chops of flamenco and classical with a modern songwriter’s sensibility and the energy of rock.
Shawn grew up among Amish farms in rural Pennsylvania, studied classical and flamenco guitar in between jazz classes at Berklee College of Music, hitchhiked to San Francisco and formed Maxwell Horse, a trio which was soon opening shows for the likes of Brendan Benson and Rocket from the Crypt. After four releases and a number of successful tours, he split up the band and left the United States for the remote Mexican city of Oaxaca, where he spent five years writing solo instrumental and vocal songs and building his own approach to the acoustic guitar outside the influences of any scene. After leaving Mexico, he spent several years with no fixed address before moving to Brooklyn, NY, and finally Pittsburgh, PA.
Shawn is frequently on the road and has developed a taste for endurance challenges, from undertaking solo tours of up to 45 dates by train and bus to doing a full set in each of New York’s five boroughs in one marathon day of performance.
Currently, Shawn is celebrating the release of his latest album, “In Place”, while continuing to book and play live shows all across North America.
Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA
Saturationfest, Riverside, CA
Singer-Songwriter Cape May, Cape May, NJ
Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland, OH
Boise Experimental Music Festival, Boise, ID
Norcal Noisefest, Sacramento, CA
International Looping Festival, Santa Cruz, CA
Millenium Festival, Harrisburg, PA
Selected venues/curated series:
Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, CA
City Winery, Pittsburgh, PA
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
Googie’s Lounge, New York, NY
Jewel Box Theater, Seattle, WA
Trummerflora, San Diego, CA
Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery 1412, Seattle, WA
Fruition String Band, Man About a Horse, Ten String Symphony, Dangermuffin, Brushfire Stankgrass, Sol Driven Train, Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys, Adam Levy, Goh Nakamura, John Garrison, Paul Baribeau, Pi Jacobs, Luke James Schaffer, Chris Milam
CIUT, Toronto, ON
WVKR, Vassar College, NY
KUAF, Fayetteville, AR
WRCT, Pittsburgh, PA
WTJU, Charlottesville, VA