Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

by Danú
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351785725
catalogNumber:
78057
Rank:
279671

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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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