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De Dannan

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, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hibernian Rhapsody

1. Noel Hill's

2. Donegal Reels

3. Captain Jack

4. Humours Of Lissadel/Jenny Picking Cockles

5. Garden Valley, The

6. Lark On The Strand

7. Erin Ni Neosainn Ce Hi

8. Hibernian Rhapsody

9. Rose And The Briar, The

10. George Ross' Horn Pipes

11. Mountains Of Pommeroy, The

12. Sean McGuire's

13. Irish Grl, The

14. Girl That Broke My Heart

15. Danny Boy

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Track List: The Star-Spangled Molly

1. Derrane's / John Stenson's / Moher Reel

2. Maggie

3. The Rambler

4. New Irish Barn Dance

5. Come Back Again To Me, Mavourneen

6. Padraig O'Keefe's / Head O' Cabbage / Boys Of Malin

7. The Cuckoo's Nest

8. My Irish Molly O

9. Hey Jude

10. Morrison's/The Tailor's Thimble/Wellington's

11. I'm Leaving Tipperary

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Track List: The Mist Covered Mountain

1. Mac's Fancy, The Mist Covered Mountain

2. Cameronian Reel, Doon Reel

3. Seamaisin

4. Mulvihill's Reel, The Dawn

5. The Banks Of The Nile

6. Johnny Leary's Polka, O'Keefe's Polka, Johnny I Do Miss You

7. Mr. O'Connor

8. Henry Joy

9. The Cottage In The Grove, Sean Ryan's Reel

10. Maire Mhor

11. Langstrom's Pony, The Tap Room, Lord Ramsey's Reel

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De is one my favs. Brings me back to a we lad.i still hear my grandparents voice when I listen to them!
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I love Celtic music of all sorts-Solas is another essential to life, but De Dannan!! Rapture :^) Playing this in the car is hazardous - I tend to accelerate and my poor steering wheel has taken quite a beating as a make-shift tub for thumping. This is the heartbeat of life itself and there's no sitting still! My deepest thanks, gratitude, joyful, and loving embrace to De Dannan and all the other phenomenal Irish bands that have provided me with an audible mirror to my own rhythm!
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De Danann is renowned for the exceptional musicianship and the tightness of the arrangements , which never sacrificed the traditional spirit to become too slick (like, say Gaelic Storm does). And for my money, Johnny Ringo McDonagh is the best Irish percussionis t . Ever. Their catalog is much larger than is suggested in this writeup, though these are all very good albums.
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I lke this artist,this music makes you feel good,and happy

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