My name is Daniel Ullom and I’m a folk/roots musician from Seattle, Washington. My primary instrument is mandolin, but I also enjoy singing and playing guitar, bass, fiddle and claw-hammer banjo. I really like playing bluegrass and old-time music, but as any musician will say, that’s not all I do. You can check out my sound on the video and projects pages.
I grew up in the Yakima Valley in central Washington surrounded by dry foothills and apple orchards. Some of my earliest memories involve playing back-up mandolin for my dad during family singing sessions. At the age of 11, I started taking lessons from a local musician, which subsequently exposed me to the world of fiddle tunes and folk songs. I soon began meeting other musicians around Yakima and joined bands playing mandolin, as well as guitar, fiddle, and bass guitar. These projects spanned genres from indie-folk to hardcore punk and performed in self-organized house shows and festivals around Eastern Washington. When a neighbor discovered that I played mandolin, he invited me over to my first bluegrass jam. The inclusive and empowering culture surrounding the music instantly hooked me, and I was soon obsessively learning about the history and tradition surrounding bluegrass and old-time music.
I moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, which placed me in the middle of a bustling music scene. If I wasn’t having my ears blasted at DIY punk shows, I could find bluegrass jams and national acts playing most other nights of the week. I quickly began building a repertoire in American roots music by playing and spending time in the library listening to albums and reading books. Since then, most of my time has been spent touring with bluegrass bands and teaching lessons in the Seattle area.
If you’d like to know more about me and my music, send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org