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De Danann

De Danann -- who began performing and recording under the name De Dannan in 1985 -- have played an influential role in the development of modern Irish music. Although they're remained rooted in Ireland's musical tradition, the band's virtuosic instrumental skills and expressive vocalizing has enabled them to reach out to a worldwide audience. According to Earle Hitchner, music writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Irish Echo, "any serious discussion of the evolution of Irish traditional music over the past quarter century must include the enormous contribution of De Danann." The seeds that grew into De Danann were planted during informal, Sunday-morning jam sessions at Hughes Pub in Spiddal, a small town in County Galway. Two participants of these sessions, Frankie Gavin, a fiery fiddler, and Yorkshire-born Alec Finn, a bouzouki and guitar player who had previously played with Connemara, agreed to pool their resources. Joined by bohran and bones player Johnny "Ringo" McDonogh and banjo player Charlie Piggott, Gavin and Finn began to perform as De Danann, taking their name from the Tuatha Dé Danann, a group of characters in Irish mythology. Prior to recording their self-titled debut album in 1975, the group added vocalist Delores Keane. Over the decades, De Danann have gone through numerous personnel changes with only Gavin and Finn remaining from the original group. Lead vocalists have included Mary Black, Maura O'Connell, Johnny Moynihan, Eleanor Shanley, and their current singer, Tomie Fleming. Past instrumentalists include accordion aces Jackie Daly and Aidan Coffey. The band's present lineup features Cork-born bodhran player Colm Murphy and accordionist Derek Hickey. De Danann has received "Best Celtic Album" awards from NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) for their albums Star-Spangled Molly in 1981, Song for Ireland in 1983, and Ballroom in 1987. Their 1996 album Hibernian Rhapsody was inspired by the late Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) of Queen, with the title track based on Queen's hit "Bohemian Rhapsody." ~ Craig Harris
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De Danann


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Albums by
De Danann

Top Songs by
De Danann

  1.   Song
  2.   My Irish Molly-O
  3.   Noel Hills'
  4.   Donegal Reels
  5.   Humors of Lissadel & Jenny Picking Cockles
  6.   Lark on the Strand
  7.   The Irish Girl
  8.   Danny Boy
  9.   The Banks of Red Roses
  10.   Carolan's Draught
  11.   Operator
  12.   Langstroms Pony
  13.   The Rose and the Briar
  14.   Johnny Leary's Polka/O'Keefe's Polka/Johnny I Do Miss You
  15.   Come Back Again to Me, Mavourneen
  16.   Song for Ireland
  17.   Across The Borderline
  18.   Monaghan Jig/Drowsy Maggie/Maid Behind The Bar
  19.   My Beloved And I
  20.   Only the Lonely
  21.   Dinkie's Reels: Jimmy Byrnes/Dinkie's
  22.   Do It in Jig Time
  23.   George Ross' Horn Pipes
  24.   Seamaisin
  25.   The Flowers of Spring/Jackie Small's Jig
  26.   The Rights of Man/The Pride of Petravore
  27.   Hey Jude
  28.   Anthem for Ireland
  29.   I'm Leaving Tipperary
  30.   The Girl That Broke My Heart
  31.   Rambling Irishman
  32.   How Will I Ever Be Simple Again
  33.   Connie from Constantinople
  34.   McLaughlin's Flings
  35.   Humours of Galway
  36.   Coleraine Jig/Derrane's John Stenson's/Moher Reel
  37.   New Irish Barn Dance
  38.   Sean McGuire's
  39.   Mountains of Pommeroy
  40.   Erin Ni Neosainn Ce Hi
  41.   The Garden Valley
  42.   Restless Farewell
  43.   The Banks of the Quay/Crucaharan Cross
  44.   Hard Station
  45.   Eireann Mo Ghrá Mo Chroí
  46.   Far Away in Australia
  47.   Kitty's Wedding/The Rambler
  48.   My Baby Needs a Shepherd
  49.   River Deep Mountain High
  50.   Patsy Touhey's/Fred Finn's
  51.   The Garden Of Daisies/Billy Brocker
  52.   When a Man Loves a Woman
  53.   Flax In Bloom/Drunken Landlady/Devils Of Dublin
  54.   The Cameronian and The Doon
  55.   The Sally Gardens/Laydown Sally
  56.   Mulvihill's Reel/The Dawn
  57.   Apples In Winter/Old Man Dillon/Trip To The Cottage
  58.   The Rocks of Bawn/Take It to the Limit
  59.   The Cameronian Reel/The Doon Reel
  60.   Master Crowley's
  61.   Bohemian Rhapsody
  62.   Morrison's/The Tailor's Thimble/Wellington's
  63.   The Old Claddagh Ring / The Turnpike Gate / The Killavil Fancy
  64.   The Holly Bush/Sailing Into Walpole's Marsh
  65.   Con Cassidy's (Con Cassidy)/Sweet Biddy Daly/Fr. O'Flynn
  66.   Langstrom's Pony/The Tap Room/Lord Ramsey's Reel
  67.   Maggie
  68.   Hibernian Rhapsody
  69.   A Whiter Shade of Pale
  70.   Captain Jack
  71.   Love Hurts
  72.   Conlon's Jig/Padraig O'Keefe's/Head O'Cabbage/Boys of Malin
  73.   Gasoline Alley
  74.   Ireland
  75.   Coleraine Jig Medley
  76.   You've Lost That Loving Feeling
  77.   Then You'll Remember Me
  78.   Eleanor Rigby/Fr. McKenzie's Jig
  79.   Mr. O'Connor
  80.   The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba to Galway
  81.   Suspicious Minds
  82.   The Cuckoo's Nest
  83.   It's Over
  84.   Parisienne Walkways
  85.   The Mountain Streams
  86.   Inis Oirr

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