a “through the looking glass” approach to traditional Irish music



Hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist and NEA Award-recipient Mick Moloney and “bursting with creativity” by renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna connect the dots between their experience as composers and improvisers in New York City’s rich musical community and their deep admiration for traditional Irish music. The duo has collaborated with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music, including Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Cillian Vallely, Kevin Burke, and Susan McKeown. Lyn and Sanna have brought their inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of traditional music to clubs, festival stages and concert halls throughout the US and Canada. They have taught workshops at the Old Songs Festival, the Catskills Irish Arts Festival, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Wellesley College, the University of Eastern Carolina, The University of Oregon, West Virginia’s Augusta Heritage Center, and were 2015 and 2016 residents at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH. Their second album, “The Great Arc”, is inspired by and concerned with extinct and endangered animal species. The Irish Echo called it "a deep musical work full of lavish, evocative textures" and Grammy-winning singer Susan McKeown called it "sublime".


New York-based fiddler and composer Dana Lyn inhabits a musical world somewhere in the Venn diagram of 70's art rock, classical and improvised music. She has worked and performed with vocalists Loudon Wainwright and Susan McKeown; fiddlers Martin Hayes, Kevin Burke and Johnny Cunningham; playwright/songwriters Stew and Heidi Rodewald; actor-directors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio; performance artist Taylor Mac; D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Billy Martin, Will Oldham, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Roberts and the Elysian Fields, among others. As a composer, Lyn has received commissions from the Brooklyn Rider, the Apple Hill String Quartet, the National Arts Council of Ireland and the New Orchestra of Washington. Upcoming releases include an album of original music with her quintet, Mother Octopus, as well as the sophomore release of her collaboration with actor Vincent D’Onofrio, Slim Bone Head Volt.


Kyle Sanna has collaborated with and performed alongside many of today’s greatest virtuosos (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar, Meyer, Chris Thile); with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music (Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, Séamus Egan), and with many members of New York’s improvised music scene. His music has been performed at such international venues as the Bach House in Eisenach, Germany, the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, Sydney’s ABC studios, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and points between. Kyle Sanna has arranged music for orchestra and soloist (for banjo pioneer Béla Fleck and for cellist Jan Vogler), for string quartet (for Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie Von Otter and for Irish fiddler Martin Hayes), and for cellist Yo-Yo Ma on two Grammy Award-winning albums: 2010's "Songs of Joy and Peace" and 2016's "Sing Me Home" with the Silk Road Ensemble. His arrangements have appeared on The Colbert Report, NPR’s Performance Today, and on the Sony Classical, Sony Masterworks, and Naïve labels. He has given guitar workshops at the Montana State Women’s Prison, at an orphanage in Juárez, Mexico, and at numerous universities and festivals from Alaska to Cuba.


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The Great Arc

CD | Downloadthe-hare-said-a-prayer-shadow-4 An album inspired by biodiversity and concerned with species extinction.

The Hare Said a Prayer...

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The duo's first album, a story without words about a Hare's fatal attraction to a Fox.

The Great Arc postcards

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A book of nine postcards featuring Dana Lyn's drawings of the endangered and extinct animals from The Great Arc. All profits will go to support the Natural Resources Defense Council. (click thumbnail to view all)



"Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna's new album is sublime" - Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown

"Lyn and Sanna challenge our expectations and assumptions about Irish music [and] invite us to consider our perceptions of the natural world and how attuned we are to its rhythms and phrases - and what it means when a voice in its grand chorus is no longer heard." - Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter

"A deep musical work full of lavish, evocative textures" - Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo

“A very innovative recording – mysterious, playful and charming with some lovely musical surprises. From the excellent musicianship and skillfully fascinating arrangements to the relaxed whimsy of the CD package, the whole project is bursting with creativity, yet still manages to convey a love for simplicity – a remarkable achievement.” -renowned fiddler, Kevin Burke

“The recording is grounded in the source of its inspiration, while affording itself plenty room for personalization by the artists, who, obviously, live in the present day and can’t help but feel the compulsion to create music in ways that reflect their own experiences in the light of Today.” -Dave Summer (Bird is the Worm, eMusic)


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