I have a varied song bag and enjoy playing choice covers from the 1920's on up. My folk roots have expanded into blues, jazz, and soul. I still get the occasional, "Hey, you sounded like Randy Newman" comment. With songs for all ages and all occasions, I sincerely enjoy entertaining people. I also write songs and can do gigs that require or have a preference for 'original' material.
I play solo, as a duo, trio, and full band, performing in coffee houses, bars, restaurants, breweries, farmers markets, community events, concerts, festivals, house concerts and street performances in the Twin Cities and surrounding regional area.
Thank you for considering me for your musical event!
- Dan Rumsey writes about the challenges, joys, heartaches and persistence of the human spirit. He sings & plays guitars, piano, and harmonica in a soulful and bluesy style. His 4th CD, "Faith in Tomorrow"
was released Dec. 2, 2022.
"Dan Rumsey would have felt right at home in the 1960's folk-blues scene." - Sing Out! Magazine
Artists Dan has shared a stage with:
Sammie Jean Cohen
St. Paul native, Dan Rumsey performs in coffee houses, bars, restaurants, breweries, farmers markets, community events, festivals, house concerts and street performances in the Twin Cities and surrounding regional area.
He sings & plays acoustic, reso and electrc guitar, piano, mandolin and harmonica in a soulful and bluesy style.
Dan performs solo, as a duo with Backbeat Harris, percussion, as a duo with Sally Heinz, flute/vocal, with his 4-piece band:
Backbeat Harris, drums, Cheryl Kramer, keyboard/vocals and Bob Radspinner, bass, and also as a member of his brother
Tim's band, The Rhythm Pups. His music has been featured in video documentaries: Mr. Positive, Welcome to the Midwife Unit,
Planting the Seed, and Clean Harvest. Dan's songs have been recognized at songwriting events: First place 2016 Upper Midwest
Singer/Songwriter Contest. Finalist, 2015 Great River Folk Festival. Finalist, 2001 and 3rd place, 2003 Minnesota Folk Festival.
Performer, Highway 61 Folks Festival, 2002. Dan has 4 CD's out. How You Gonna Slow it Down, I Wish, Rainbow Trail , and Faith in Tomorrow, released Dec 3, 2022.
Dan's music heard on The Current, KFAI Community Radio, WMCN Macalester College Radio, KMSU Radio Mankato and The MN HomeBrew Music Show
Venues Dan has appeared at:
Carbone's Pizza Mpls
The White Squirrel
Mojo Coffee Gallery
Cedar Cultural Center
Garden Theater, St. Paul
Bryant Lake Bowl
Wilebski's Blues Saloon
The Turf Club
The Driftwood Char Bar
7th Street Entry
St. Paul Farmers' Market
Bear Cave Brewery
Broken Clock Brewery
Ginkgo Coffee House
Richfield Farmers' Market
Maple Grove Farmers' Market
Black Market BBQ
Mill Valley Trailhead
Midtown Global Market
Day by Day Cafe
Dorothy Day Center
Higher Ground Shelter
Lone Oak Grill
50th & France Plaza
People's Organic Cafe, Mtka
Dukes on 7, Mtka
Lift Bridge Brewing , Stillwater
The Tilted Tiki, Stillwater
The Grand Event Center, Northfield
Spring Valley Theater, Spring Valley, Wisc
The Acoustic Cafe, Eau Claire, Wisc
Big Turn Music Festival, Redwing
Forager Brewing, Rochester
Taco Jed, Rochester
The Local Blend, St. Joseph
Hallberg Center for the Arts, Wyoming, MN
Evansville Art Center
Sir Ben's, Duluth
Wussow's Concert Cafe, Duluth
Rob's Mahtowa Tavern, Mahtowa, MN
Apple Barrel Bar, New Orleans