As a teenager, Danton was a small part of the emerging Sheffield music scene in the late seventies, playing and singing with various groups and gigging across the city’s venues. He featured on Radio Hallam every Sunday night with his own “song for the week” in 1980, and in 1981 had his musical “A Star in Perspective” broadcast on BBC radio on Christmas Day.
A composer and trained actor, Danton went on to produce two further musicals based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Mandragola (The Mandrake Root). His original tunes have also featured in theatrical productions, including shows at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre and the Leicester Haymarket.
In 1987, on the advice of his parents, he sold his guitars and keyboards and settled down to get a “proper job”. It wasn’t until 2010 when he was challenged to a dare, to go and play on stage to a capacity crowd at the Bakewell Folk Music Festival that he picked up the guitar again and decided to have a go.
Encouraged by the audience response, he started to accept engagements at pubs, hotels, visitor attractions and the occasional wedding. Within a couple of years he was well established on the local music circuit, playing across South Yorkshire and in the Peak District. His set features original songs mixed in with acoustic classics and more obscure ballads from the last fifty years. His song list regularly includes John Meyer, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Ralph McTell, Elton John, David Bowie, Don McLean, as well as contemporary folk singers like Glen Hansard and Dougie Maclean.
In 2012 he moved to the Isle of Wight on the south coast of England where he’s performed on the main stage at Cowes Week for the last four years, various waterfront inns and, most recently, summer nights at the Chine Lumiere events held at Shanklin Chine. He still maintains links with his Sheffield roots and plays back in his home town three or four times a year.
He has recorded three albums, “Under the Covers” (2010), “Live at the Mill” (2012) and “The Ship of Ghosts” (2014), the latter being a collection of original songs.