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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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Stations Featuring
De Danann

    Celtic

    Celtic
    4 songs

    St. Patricks Day

    St. Patricks Day
    1 song

Albums by
De Danann

Top Songs by
De Danann

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

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