Danny Boy: The Legend Of The Beloved Irish Ballad [NOOK Book]

Overview

Everyone can hum this haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. The most requested Irish song, it has been recorded by a variety of performers ranging from Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Kate Smith to the Pogues. The complete story of this moving tune has been shrouded in mystery until now. Where did "Danny Boy" originate, who actually wrote the lyrics, and is it even Irish? Acclaimed novelist, actor, memoirist, screenwriter, playwright, and raconteur, Malachy McCourt, turns his Irish eye ...
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Danny Boy: The Legend Of The Beloved Irish Ballad

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Overview

Everyone can hum this haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. The most requested Irish song, it has been recorded by a variety of performers ranging from Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Kate Smith to the Pogues. The complete story of this moving tune has been shrouded in mystery until now. Where did "Danny Boy" originate, who actually wrote the lyrics, and is it even Irish? Acclaimed novelist, actor, memoirist, screenwriter, playwright, and raconteur, Malachy McCourt, turns his Irish eye to the song's complex history and myths in an eloquent ode to this classic. He traces the evolution of the music, which is one of more than 100 songs composed to the very same tune, including the familiar "Londonderry Air," and explores the enduring mystique of "Danny Boy" in an unforgettable tribute that brilliantly weaves history with folklore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762455003
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 752,151
  • File size: 398 KB

Meet the Author

County Limerick native Malachy McCourt is the authority to tell the history of Ireland. He has written several books, including the best-selling A Monk Swimming, Singing My Him Song, Danny Boy, Voices of Ireland, and The Claddagh Ring. Complementing his literary work, McCourt is also a skilled actor. He appeared in the television series Oz and in feature films such as The Bonfire of the Vanities. He lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2001

    Will we really buy anything Irish?

    I didn't expect much when I purchased this book and I wasn't disappointed. The author had a difficult time not only with history but with being able to fill this small book. I was surprised at the lack of editing. On page 130 of an Irish History timeline, the author has the important battle at Kinsale in 1593. I wonder why the town and Irish academia have just completed in December 2001 symposiums on the 400th anniversary of the battle.On page 138, a date on the timeline is inverted. I felt like the author needed to publish something and that the book was the hasty result. The book was disjointed, unorganized and everything seemed like an attempt to fill the book including several blank pages in the middle of the book.

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    Posted December 17, 2008

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