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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

    St. Patricks Day
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Albums by
De Danann

Top Songs by
De Danann

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

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