Center for the Arts Presents Irish Ensemble Danú

Posted: March 16, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Danú, a spirited ensemble from Ireland’s County Waterford, offers a passionate celebration of Celtic culture with its high-energy performances. For more than a decade, Danú has performed to enthusiastic audiences around the globe, enchanting music lovers with its use of traditional instruments such as flute, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and pipes, accompanied by exquisite vocals in Irish and English.

This group of talented musicians makes its Mason Center for the Arts debut on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m.

The program will feature authentic Irish tunes such as “The Stack of Barley,” “The Highest Hill in Sligo,” “The Glen Cottage” and “The Cameron Highlander/Blackthorne Stick,” as well as a few pieces written by contemporary Irish songwriters and original compositions written by the band’s members, including “Clancy’s Farewell to Whiskey,” written by guitarist Donal Clancy.

The band began in 1994 when its founding members met at the Oireachtas Festival in Dungarvan in County Waterford and shortly after performed at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France.

In 1996, the band released its debut self-titled album to coincide with its first tour in the United States. Both the album and the tour helped develop a strong following for the band, and it was signed to the U.S.-based Shanachie record label in 1999. Danú has since released seven critically acclaimed albums, including 2010’s “Seanchas” and one live DVD, “One Night Stand.”

Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured through Europe, the Middle East and North America, performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel and across Europe. The band’s current lineup includes Benny McCarthy on button accordion, Oisin McAuley on fiddle and backing vocals, Eamon Doorley on the Irish bouzouki, Donal Clancy on guitar and Martin O’Neill on bodhran (Irish drum). Special guests include Shauna Mullin on lead vocals and Ivan Goff on Irish traditional flute and Uilleann pipes.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. Wegmans is the performance sponsor for Danú, and HSBC is the sponsor for the Global View series.

Tickets are $22, $36 and $44, and are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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