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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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    St. Patricks Day

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Albums by
De Danann

Top Songs by
De Danann

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

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