Daniel Patrick Quinn

Daniel Patrick Quinn (born 26 February 1981) is an English musician, composer, producer and performer. Quinn founded the experimental Edinburgh-based record label Suilven Recordings (2003 – early 2006), which released his own works and that of postminimalist ambient American composers DAC Crowell and Kurt Doles, with whom Quinn also collaborated.

Daniel Patrick Quinn
Born (1981-02-26) 26 February 1981 (age 40)
Ipswich, England
OriginLancaster, Lancashire, England
GenresExperimental music
Folk music
Drone music
Art rock
Ambient music
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards, violin, percussion
Years active2003–present
LabelsSuilven Recordings
Wee Black Skelf
Associated actsOne More Grain
Gyratory System
Kurt Doles

Early lifeEdit

Quinn was born in Ipswich, England on 26 February 1981.


Quinn's work is influenced from numerous genres, including European folk and folklore, pastoral ambient, punk and post-punk, minimalism, classical, spoken-word, jazz, world and avant-garde. His 2005 composition The Burryman, which includes narration by Duncan Grahl regarding the Scottish custom of the Burryman, was featured on the Sonic Arts Network compilation, curated by comedian and writer, Stewart Lee. Quinn founded the London-based group, One More Grain, and its second album, Isle of Grain, was released on 28 January 2008 by White Heat Records. The album was received critical acclaim and was granted the Sunday Times Album of the Week feature and received airplay on BBC Radio 1.[1]

Quinn contributed to trumpeter Andrew Blick's solo project, Gyratory System. He was working on a new Afrobeat-inspired solo album, Acting The Rubber Pig, when he announced his retirement from music. Quinn cited the lack of substantial industry funding for the group as the primary reason for his retirement. A posthumous One More Grain 7" single of the traditional English song Scarborough Fair was released via Static Caravan in 2008.

Following the announcement of his retirement, Quinn moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, and oversaw "In Nem", a New York minimalist-inspired, gamelan recording project in Central Java. This was in addition to writing liner notes for Trance Gamelan in Bali. Quinn then became a writer and editor for an Indonesian volcano website, Gunung Bagging, which provides information on the peaks of the country with 1,000 metres topographic prominence, known as the Ribus.[2]

After five years in Indonesia, Quinn moved back to the UK and settled in Stornoway. His new EP, I, Sun, was released via Bandcamp in April 2016.[3][4]

Currently Quinn is working as a critical thinking and creative problem solving consultant.[5]



  • The Winter Hills (Suilven Recordings) 2003
  • Jura (Suilven Recordings) 2003
  • Severed From The Land (Suilven Recordings) 2004
  • SUILVEN007 (with Beano Jameson) (Suilven Recordings) 2004
  • Ridin' The Stang (Suilven Recordings) 2005
  • Don't Look Down (with DAC Crowell and Kurt Doles) (Suilven Recordings) 2006
  • West to the Irish Sea (Wee Black Skelf, 10" compilation) 2007
  • I, Sun (EP) 2016

With One More GrainEdit

  • Pigeon English (Victory Garden) 2007
  • Live in Brighton (Victory Garden / Static Caravan, 3" cd) 2007
  • Having A Ball (White Heat, 7" single) 2008
  • Isle of Grain (White Heat) 2008
  • Scarborough Fair b/w Giriama Wedding (Static Caravan, 7" single) 2008

Compilation appearancesEdit

  • Nine Standards Rigg on cover cd, issue 13 of Is this music? magazine 2005
  • TheFirstTen Suilven Recordings sampler (Suilven Recordings) 2005
  • The Burryman on Sonic Arts Network cd The Topography of Chance 2006
  • Figure of Eight - instrumental demo on cover cd, issue 1 of Plus One Lung photozine 2006
  • Tropical Mother-in-Law on free All Tomorrow's Parties cd 2007


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Gunung Bagging - Climbing the Mountains of Indonesia & Malaysia". Gunungbagging.com. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  3. ^ Taylor, Luke (26 April 2016). "INTERVIEW: Daniel Patrick Quinn". The Quietus. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone, Daniel Patrick Quinn, Daniel Patrick Quinn". BBC. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Gunung.org | High Level Thinking". Gunung.org. Retrieved 3 July 2020.

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