At the age of 10 Daniel received his first accordion from his father, a well-known accordionist on the Caithness music scene. Tuition followed from Addie Harper Senior, one of Scotland's top music teachers. Daniel was soon to become a regular performer in his own right as well as taking part in 'Taste of Tartan' ceilidhs in Thurso and performing regularly with the Addie Harper Trio. At the age of 14 he became a proud owner of his present accordion, a 'Shand Marino'. Over the next ten years Daniel went from strength to strength on the Scottish Music scene having won the Golspie Mod in 1987 both Lairg Mod and Glasgow Mod the following year.