Dan Hanrahan is a Chicago-based musician, translator, poet, performer, and teacher of Latin American literature. Fronting indie bands in the nineties, he shared bills with Gordon Gano, the BoDeans, They Might Be Giants, and Throwing Muses. A National Poetry Slam finalist, Hanrahan has played, read, acted, and delivered monologues at venues throughout North America, including Beyond Baroque in LA and New York’s Nuyorican Poets Café. Leap Year, Dan's chapbook of haiku for American blues and jazz was released in 2018 on 415 Records & Books. He has written essays for Counterpunch, El Beisman, The Mantle, and OpEd News, and stage music for Chicago’s Spanish-language theater company Colectivo El Pozo. As a songwriter, his efforts have been praised by underground musicians from Eugene Chadbourne to John Kruth. In 2015, Hanrahan released Three Waves, an album of surrealist ballads, with the title song receiving college-radio airplay in multiple cities. He recently released Radical Songs for Rough Times, an album of original protest songs, in 2020. Currently operating within Chicago’s genre cross-fertilizing music scene, this multilingual Milwaukee native has built a following for his songs, stage performances, and theatrical scores.  

"Great songs..."

       -Eugene Chadbourne


"We need to hear more spoken word like this…"

                    -Factsheet Five