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

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