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Danny Kirwan


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Brixton, South London (13 May 1950 – present)

Daniel David “Danny” Kirwan (born 13 May 1950 in Brixton, South London) is a British musician best known for his role as guitarist, singer and songwriter with the blues rock band Fleetwood Mac between 1968 and 1972.

Early career
Danny Kirwan’s guitar skills started attracting attention at an early age, and he was still only 17 when he came to the attention of established British blues band Fleetwood Mac, while he was playing in London with one of his first bands, Boilerhouse. He persuaded Mac’s producer Mike Vernon to go and watch Boilerhouse rehearse (in a London basement boiler-room), and Vernon then informed Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green of his discovery. Green was impressed and, after a consultation with drummer Mick Fleetwood, Kirwan was asked to join the band in August 1968.

Kirwan’s arrival expanded Fleetwood Mac to a five-piece with three guitarists, Danny playing alongside renowned ex-Bluesbreaker Green, and slide guitar player Jeremy Spencer, plus experienced bassist John McVie and drummer Fleetwood, both also formerly with the Bluesbreakers. Green had been looking for another guitarist to share some of the workload, in view of Spencer being unwilling to contribute much to Green’s songs.

In an interview with Mike Vernon in June 1999, Green described Kirwan as “a clever boy who got ideas for his guitar playing by listening to all that old-fashioned roaring twenties big band stuff.” He added that in those early days, Kirwan “was so into it that he cried as he played”.


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  • magicmn

    better than stevie nicks is my favorite teg, ofcoarse green+kirwan+spencer is better then Nicks and Co.

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    I've been trying to give this man more exposure. A great guitarist, songwriter, and even a good singer. He should be more widely known

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Real_Hip_Hop

    such amazing vibrato, love 'although the sun is shining'...must be one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • NotSoVelvet

    Not only that but also one of the most underrated white blues guitar players, he belongs up there with Mike Bloomfield.

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • foxyluva

    One of the most underrated Fleetwood Mac members

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • nativewaiter

    I <3 Danny.

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • systolediastole

    Oh wow--that is tacky!

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • NotSoVelvet

    I can't believe someone put "homeless" as one of the tags, thats just wrong.

    7 Dec 2009 Reply
  • saturday-rain

    I find the three of them quite lovely (:

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • DrHarry

    The 1st album Second Chapter is so lovely!

    6 Apr 2008 Reply