The Road Less Traveled

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Traditional Irish septet Danú has undergone some changes since 2002's award-winning All Things Considered. Original guitar player Donal Clancy returned and, after three successful records, vocalist Ciarán Ó Gealbháin left to pursue the world of academics. His departure left newcomer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh to the arduous task of replacing a familiar voice and fronting an established band. Combining the deep soulfulness of June Tabor with the earthy phrasing of Norma Waterson, she punctuates The Road Less Traveled with grace and charm, adding depth to an already bottomless well of talent. Their beautiful cover of Fairport Convention's "Farewell, Farewell" echoes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Traditional Irish septet Danú has undergone some changes since 2002's award-winning All Things Considered. Original guitar player Donal Clancy returned and, after three successful records, vocalist Ciarán Ó Gealbháin left to pursue the world of academics. His departure left newcomer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh to the arduous task of replacing a familiar voice and fronting an established band. Combining the deep soulfulness of June Tabor with the earthy phrasing of Norma Waterson, she punctuates The Road Less Traveled with grace and charm, adding depth to an already bottomless well of talent. Their beautiful cover of Fairport Convention's "Farewell, Farewell" echoes Sandy Denny without coming off as a carbon copy and the boisterous "Fairy Reel" begins like a light rain and then builds to a frenzy, utilizing violin double stops -- rare in Celtic music -- and the willowy bend of a uilleann pipe to great effect. Their authenticity is a strong asset, especially amongst the crowded sea of musicians currently storming the world's shores. There is a timeless locality to their music -- like a pub without a town. Danú has yet to succumb to the slick, crossover Celtic-hybrid that permeates the post-Riverdance world, and, like a lighthouse, would do well to warn others of its empty, yet treacherous, waters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351785725
  • Catalog Number: 78057
  • Sales rank: 85,741

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danú Primary Artist
James Blennerhassett Double Bass, Guest Appearance
Garry Ó Briain Guitar, Guest Appearance
Donnchadha Gough Bodhran, uillean pipes, Group Member
Thomas Doorley Flute, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Group Member
Donal Clancy Guitar, Group Member
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh Flute, Vocals, Whistle (Instrument), Group Member
Éamon Doorley Bouzouki, Group Member
Aongus McAuley Cello, Guest Appearance
Oisín McAuley Fiddle, Background Vocals, Group Member
John Sheahan Fiddle, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Richard Thompson Composer
Garry Ó Briain Arranger, Producer
Danú Arranger, Sleeve Notes
Traditional Composer
Fionn Mac Giolla Chuda Sleeve Photo
John Kelly Cover Photo
Bruno Staelin Engineer
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