We are delighted to announce our release of this brilliant CD.
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: vocals/flute/whistles.
Benny McCarthy: accordion
Oisin McAuley: fiddle
Eamon Doorley: guitar/bouzouki
Donal Clancy: guitar/vocals
Special Guest Artists:
Donnchadh Gough: uilleann pipes/ bodrhan
Tom Doorley: flute (track 9) whistle (track 10)
Donal Lunny: bouzouki/ zouk/bodrhan/harmonium
Hailing from County Waterford, Kerry, Dublin and Donegal in Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire.
For over a decade, Danú's virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Their live DVD, One Night Stand , was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City. Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Danú's popular recordings are available on the Shanachie label and live performances are often broadcast on NPR, the CBC, and the BBC.
More detail at www.danu.net
Also available rom Copperplate
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: Ar Uair Bhig an Lae / The Small Hours
1. Slides, Reels: Ballydesmond Slide, Paddy Cronin's, John Doherty's & Scott's Favourite.
2. Song: Beir Mo Dhúthracht 04:46
3. Jigs: The New House, Brown-Eyed Bridget & The Humours of Holliston 04:22
4. Song: Lord Gregory 05:21
5. Song: Willie Crotty 05:32
6. Reels: The Chicaago Set 03:51
7. Waltz: March: Caisleán Rathanáin & Mairseáil na Conrach 06:54
8. Song: Pósadh Do b'Fhearr Liom Ná Bacfainn É & Muirisín Deas Is Nóra 03:53
9. Song: Passage West 04:30
10. Hornpipe, Reels: Tuamgraney Castle, The Broken Pledge & The Braes of Busby 05:39
11. Song: The Willow Tree 03:59
Track 8: Muirsin Deas Set
Track 1. Kerry to Donegal Set
Irish Music Magazine
The band's choice of material and its running order results in an album that even at 54 minutes seems over way too early. They leave no time for boredom. Variation both between and within the sets left me lost to the ticking of time. High praise for the Grouse Lodge studio and the team who made this excellent album. With tracks arranged by Dónal Lunny, the master's touch is evident but lightly applied. There's a hint too of the band's 20 year history with guest appearances from emeritus members Donnchadh Gough and Tom Doorley. The title says it all, translating into English as lasting enduring permanence.
There are Slides, Reels, Jigs, A Waltz and a March, a big piping piece and songs. And what songs they are Lord Gregory, Willie Crotty, Muirisín Deas, Passage West and The Willow Tree . The songs are not incidental fillers either, some meaty ones at 5 minutes each. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh has never sounded better, even on her own excellent solo album, her voice is getting rounder, her delivery more subtle, more emotional, and sure footed; Lord Gregory is a standard and she has probably made her version the benchmark for this century.
Those of you who loved Dónal Clancy's solo album of 2014 will be delighted with his Willy Crotty, a new ballad, delivered in classic Clancy style, written by Dónal's cousin Robbie O'Connell, about the legendary 18th century Waterford outlaw Willie Crotty. A captivating story and a rousing chorus combine with an acerbic contemporary last verse; the song should pass quickly into the ballad tradition.
Ned Doorley's bouzouki playing is prominent and pertinent, no more so than on the set of slides, opening with a whistle and zook duet and then stepping into the shade when Benny McCarthy's box takes the lead on Doherty's, then wandering back into the light as McCauley's fiddle owns Scott's Favourite.
Caisleán Rathanáin is a sweeping melodic fiddle air from is in McCauley a real slow burner that glides into a minor Mairse·il na Conrach with the accordion running away after a seamless baton pass. These two tunes were written by Oisin and Donal in May of 2014.
Then there is the piping of Donnacha Gough, only one track but a superb set of tunes; the contagious Tuamgraney Castle followed by The Broken Pledge for a full band ending to rival anything the Bothy Band did in their pomp.
This is the best, most varied album that Danú have produced. No question. After twenty years on the road they still have the passion to make music you want to listen to and learn from. Five word summary? Terrific addition to the tradition. Seán Laffey