Traditional Irish Music
Welcome to the Tradconnect Official Album Launch Series. For members and readers this series of articles will introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”. The first time you share a track from a new recording with your fans and audience is important and we are delighted to bring new exclusive tracks to you.
Danú are back on sparkling form with their new album called Buan. With members from County Waterford, Kerry, Dublin and Donegal they have for over a decade been one of Ireland’s leading groups and this new release will win them many new fans. The four years since the release of their last album Seanchas has seen all the members involved in a variety of different musical projects and that according to Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh has led to a more mature sound on this recording. We spoke to her in advance of this official launch and she said that as a band they took more time over this album. “The arrangements were quite considered” she said, “and of course, we had Dónal Lunny producing, which helped polish us up somewhat! I think everyone was in a good place musically, and we had quite a good structure on things before we went into the studio with Dónal. Once we were there, his input was invaluable in terms of focus, support and positivity, and suggesting things that we wouldn't necessarily have thought of.” This comes across on the sets which pack quite a punch in terms of energy and spirit.
Muireann’s pure traditional voice which is central to the Danú sound is as emotional and textured as ever on the vocal numbers. It breathes life into songs like Beir Mo Dhúthracht by Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha and the traditional song Lord Gregory. There are also two light-hearted songs from West Kerry called Pósadh Do b’Fhearr Liom Ná Bacfainn É and Muirisín Deas Is Nóra written by Seán Ó Duinnshléibhe which are a highlight on the album. Dónal Clancy also takes the vocals on a new ballad written by Dónal’s cousin Robbie O’Connell, about the legendary Waterford outlaw Willie Crotty who lived in the 18th century and was a Robin Hood type, stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
We are also delighted to bring you the first official track from the album. It's called Slides, Reels: Kerry to Donegal Set and features the Ballydesmond Slide, Paddy Cronin’s, John Doherty’s and Scott’s Favourite.
Muireann confirmed that she had a few songs on the back burner for a couple of years that she thought would suit the band. “In fact, we had Lord Gregory on the go since 2004” she confirmed, “pretty much the whole arrangement, but for some reason it wasn't the right time for it until now. With certain songs, I can just hear how they would work with the band and what the lads could contribute to them. They are really sensitive at accompanying songs. Everyone is great at knowing if they could enhance something or if they should stay out of it and let the song breathe. There are more songs than tune sets on this album actually. Certainly, there are certain songs I picked because I feel they would connect with the audience in a live context, like Passage West. Other songs are important to us in terms of live performance in that they represent where we come from and what we grew up with, like Beir Mo Dhuthracht. We always like to bring it back home.”
Danú will perform at St. Werburgh's Church, Dublin as part of Temple Bar Tradfest on Fri the 30th January with some ex-members of the band and other special guests. They will be in the States in March with our 20th Anniversary tour and then the summer will see the band doing various festivals around Europe and Ireland.
The album is now available to download. Click on the link below
You can also visit www.danu.net.
Musicians / Ceoltóirí:
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: Vocals, Flute, Whistles
Benny McCarthy: Accordion
Oisín McAuley: Fiddle
Éamon Doorley: Guitar-Bouzouki
Dónal Clancy: Guitar, Vocals
Donnchadh Gough: Pipes, Bodhrán
Tom Doorley: Flute (track 9),Whistle (track 10)
Dónal Lunny: Bouzouki (Track 1, 9), Zouk (Track 1, 4, 6), Bass Bodhrán (Track 5, 7, 8, 9), Harmonium (track 2, 4)
Produced by Dónal Lunny
All tracks arranged by Danú & Dónal Lunny
Engineered by Ivan O’Shea
Assistant Engineer and Protools Operator: John Henry
Recorded in Grouse Lodge, Co. Westmeath
Mastered by Tim Martin & Dónal Lunny
Cover photograph by Mickey Kelly of a reproduction by Niall O’Neill of a decorated bell plate from an ancient Irish trumpet from the 1st century BC.
Band photographs by Bríd Ni Luasaigh
Design by Brian Hanlon at Og Media Group
All lyrics and more info available at www.danu.net
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