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Sugardeer is an indie project led by Cleveland-based artist Danny Kit. Their music is resplendent chamber pop inspired by nostalgia, antiques, sweaters, and fear. In 2019, Kit graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Music Composition. But feeling disillusioned by the trappings of modern classical music–and given time to reflect by a certain global pandemic–they put their academic goals on ice and decided to make things they like instead. They released the first Sugardeer single, "So, Was It Worth It?" in February 2021, and committed to developing their mixing and production talents. The result is their debut EP, Good Names for Strays–which was released on all streaming services November 17th, 2023. 

"I was a really scared kid with a lot of things to say that I couldn't," Kit explains, "so this is my way of making up for that." Good Names is a liberation from a repressive upbringing; from a self-conscious college career; and from an alienation borne of their private disposition. In six richly orchestrated tracks, Kit rearranges their past into a path forward.

Danny Kit Boyle, photo taken by Kaitlin Purdham, August 2023

photo taken by Kaitlin Purdham, August 2023

Press Clippings

"the frequently personal writing throughout Sugardeer’s debut EP calls for a similarly human performance to match, without any sanded-down edges" 

-Rosy Overdrive, December 2023

"Sugardeer has its heart in indie-rock, with orchestral moments that pop out of six inventive songs" 

-Annie Nickoloff for Cleveland Magazine, December 2023


Located // Cleveland, OH

Hometown //  Clyde, OH

Genre // chamber pop, indie rock, experimental pop

Musical Influences //  The National, Joni Mitchell, Mitski, ragtime, impressionism

Band Members

Danny Kit //  songwriter, vocals, piano, bass guitar

Michaela Murphy //  viola and violin

Jenny Weathers // drums

Ben Wolgamuth // guitar, bass guitar




Upcoming Shows

11/10/2023: Musicians for Metanoia / Coda, Tremont OH

11/25/2023: The House Always Wins cassette release show / Sunnyvale Trailer Park, Berea OH

11/30/2023: Sugardeer LIVE FROM CLEVELAND / WRUW 91.1 FM, Cleveland OH

12/14/2023: Good Names for Strays album release show / Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

12/22/2023: Radio Dummies Christmas / Beachland Tavern, Cleveland OH

02/15/2024: The Valentine's Hangover / Dunlap's Corner Bar, Cleveland OH

If you're interested in booking us, send an email to :)