A well-known name on the Manx, Scottish and Estonian traditional music scenes, Daniel was born and raised in the Isle of Man, where he was introduced to Manx traditional music. Throughout much of his childhood, he studied composition, accompaniment and performance skills under the guidance of some of the genre’s most well-respected musicians. Having moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015, Daniel became involved in the local traditional music scene, where he quickly became one of the city’s most sought after accompanists, giving him the opportunity to learn tunes from many different backgrounds, and to diversify his guitar, piano and bouzouki skills.

In 2017, Daniel performed at Cwlwm Celtaidd festival in South Wales. His first professional festival performance, it introduced him to the joy of performing to audiences from outside his usual circles, and he has since performed all over the world, with a growing fanbase in both Europe and North America.​

Since 2020, Daniel has been performing with the duo Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe & Daniel Quayle, who in 2022 released their debut album, The Coast Road to critical acclaim.

Who is Daniel?

Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe & Daniel Quayle

Combining the rich tradition of Manx music with the vibrant sounds of the Irish, Scottish and Estonian traditions, Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe and Daniel Quayle have forged a sound that is both dramatic and compelling. 

The Isle of Man-based duo released their highly anticipated debut album, The Coast Road, in September 2022. The Coast Road has been hailed as “a hell of an album” by Folk Wales Magazine and “an exhilarating journey from two bright and inspired talents” by At the Barrier

The duo began touring together in Summer 2021, performing in France and Estonia as part of music festivals, as well as cultural events and standalone concerts.  Their travels helped to shape their distinctive sound — blending old melodies with new rhythms and ideas that are presented with a powerful conviction that continuously brings audiences to their feet. 

A recent review of their album wrote that the traditions "flow seamlessly in glorious union".