- Are You Ready Yet? /The Tailor's Thimble/Donoghues Reel/I'm ...
- Green Brooms/The Humours of Kill Clougher
- The Old Ruined Cottage in the Glen/Morning Dew/Think Before You Think ...
- Paddy Rainey's Jig /Johnny Leary's/Winnie Hayes
- Fair and Tender Ladies
- Peggy's Nettles/The Butlers of Glen Avenue/The Mountain Top
- The Cameron Highlander/The Blackthorn Stick
- An Páistín Fionn
- The Peeler's Jacket/The Millner's Daughter
- The Outlandish Knight
- Dinny O'Brien's/Tommy Peoples/The Small Hills of Offaly
- Banish Misfortune/Trip to Athlone/Trim the Velvet
The sophomore effort from this very young Irish band is one of the best traditional folk albums to come out this year; not since the early work of Altan has a new group sounded this fresh and exciting. Danu draws almost exclusively from traditional sources, but its members aren't afraid to mess around with tradition when it pleases them (throwing, for example, the occasional contrapuntal harmony line into the mix on the reel "I'm Ready Now"), nor is their playing bogged down by earnest folkie reverence. Bodhran player Donnchadh Gough is especially creative, holding the pulse down firmly, yet varying his rhythmic and timbral approach widely from tune to tune. Singer Ciaran O Gealbhain is underused, appearing only on a few tracks, some of which are among the album's best. His singing on "Green Brooms" and "An Paistin Fionn" is gently lovely, and he even manages to breathe new life into as tired a song as "Fair and Tender Ladies," which is one of this disc's highlights. The instrumental sets are also uniformly excellent. Highly recommended.
Performance CreditsDanú Primary Artist
Jesse Smith Fiddle,Viola
Garry Ó Briain Cello,Keyboards,Mando
Brendan McCarthy Button Accordion
Ciarán Ó Gealbháin Amhranai
Technical CreditsMartin Murray Engineer
Earle Hitchner Liner Notes
Joe McKenna Producer
Colm Henry Cover Photo
Garry Ó Briain Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Think Before You Think based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
These guys stole the show at the Celtic Colours International Festival on Cape Breton Island this October. We would have gladly watched them perform every night, and were disappointed that we only saw them twice. They play with an intensity and energy, humor and talent that is incredibly refreshing - and they're still young! Donnchadh Gough is truly one with his bodhran - a pure pleasure to watch. If these guys come to your area - don't miss them!
I saw these very talented young fellows at Bethlehem Celtic Classic, and their energy, poise, and feeling were astounding! Also their fun level put their audience through the floor with stamping... This album is amazing, especially their rendition of 'Fair and Tender Ladies'. I highly recommend!!!
Easily the best new band. I saw them live at the Irishfest and I have to say their live performance is the only thing that beats this recording. Lot's of energy, innovative, and expertly played!!! I love you, lads!