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De Dannan

De Dannan have been together for over twenty-five years. De Dannan was one of the most influential bands in Irish traditional music. The basic De Dannan sound is the rhythmic beat of the bouzouki played by Alec Finn weaving in and out of the melodic fiddle of Frankie Gavin.

These two instruments were supported by accordion and bodhran. The vocalists with De Dannan frequently changed but they read like a Who’s Who of Irish music: Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Eleanor Shanley, Tommy Fleming and Johnny Moynihan. Supporting members of the band also are impressive; Johnny McDonough (bodhran) Jackie Daly (accordion), Artie McGlynn (guitar), Caroline Lavelle (cello) and Colm Murphy (bodhran) were all at one time or another members of the band. Songs popularized by the band include: Maggie, My Irish Molly and Song for Ireland. The band was famous for its cross-cultural experiments. They recorded traditional Irish versions of The Beatles' - Hey Jude and Let it Be. From Queen the Bohemian Rhapsody became the Hibernian Rhapsody. And even Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba became Arrival of the Queen of Sheba in Galway.

 

De Dannan titles on CD and Cassette:


The De Danann Collection

The De Danann Collection

Collection featuring 13 tracks of the finest from De Dannan, including Cuckoo's Nest Medley, My Irish Molly-O, Maggie and I'm Leaving Tipperary. 2001 release.

CC 5620 CD $16

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Hibernian Rhapsody

Hibernian Rhapsody

De Dannan with guest vocalist Thomas Fleming. 1991 studio release.

SH 78005 CD/CASS $16/$5

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Mist Covered Mountain

Mist Covered Mountain

De Dannan with Sean Nos singers. 1991 studio release.

SH 79005 CD $16

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Star Spangled Molly

Star Spangled Molly

De Dannan with guest vocalist Maura O'Connell. 1989 studio release.

SH 79018 CD $16

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The Best of De Danann

The Best of De Danann

Different spelling, but same band. First collection of De Dannan's best music. 1990 studio release.

SH 79047 CD/CASS $16/$5

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Related Irish music artists: Alec Finn, Frankie Gavin, Colm Murphy, Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Tommy Fleming, Maura O'Connell, Eleanor Shanley


The Full Score

The Full Score

FRANKIE GAVIN with HIBERNIAN RHAPSODY

Frankie Gavin's fiddle and flute propel this new band, Hibernian Rhapsody, with accomplished sidemen Carl Hession on piano & harpsichord, Derek Hickey on accordion, and vocalist Michelle Lally.

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TA 4020 CD $16

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Trad. Fiddle with Bouzouki

Trad. Fiddle with Bouzouki

ALEC FINN and FRANKIE GAVIN

De Dannan members Alec Finn (bouzouki) and Frankie Gavin (fiddle) team up on Irish traditional standards. 1994 release.

SH 34009 CD $16

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Innisfree

Innisfree

ALEC FINN

2003 solo release by De Dannan's Alec Finn (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin).

AF 001 CD $16

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Fierce Traditional

Fierce Traditional

FRANKIE GAVIN

2003 solo release by De Dannan's Frankie Gavin (fiddle).

TA 4011 CD $16

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An Bodran - The Irish Drum

An Bodran - The Irish Drum

COLM MURPHY

De Dannan's Colm Murphy demonstrates bodhran playing technique on selections of reels, jigs, slides and hornpipes.

CM 001 CD $16

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The Best of Dolores Keane

The Best of Dolores Keane

DOLORES KEANE

1998 collection of Dolores Keane (formerly with De Dannan), includes Caledonia, Lili Marlene, Let It Be (with De Dannan) Galway Bay and others.

DA 206 Format $16

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The Best of Mary Black Vol. 2

The Best of Mary Black Vol. 2

MARY BLACK

This 1991 Double-CD offers a unique look at Mary Black's 20+ years of recording. Disc 1 is a retrospective of hits from 1991 to 2001. Disc 2 contains earlier songs and previously unreleased live recordings.

CURB 78724 Double-CD $25

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Voice of Hope

Voice of Hope

TOMMY FLEMING
PBS Concert Performance

2005 Double-CD set featuring Tommy Fleming performing live with guests Phil Coulter, Cara Dillon, Eileen Ivers and Naoise Stuart-Kelly.

DP 27 Double-CD $16

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Wandering Home

Wandering Home

MAURA O'CONNELL

Maura O'Connell sings 11 Irish traditional and contemporary songs on this 1997 solo. Producer Jerry Douglas lent musical support, along with Donal Lunny, Arty McGlynn, and Ciaran Tourish.

HN 14102 CD $16

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Eleanor Shanley & Friends

Eleanor Shanley & Friends

ELEANOR SHANLEY

2002 release features 13 duets by Eleanor Shanley with Ronnie Drew, Christie Hennessey, Dolores Keane and others.

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CN 2153 CD $16

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