At 8 p.m. Saturday March 19, the Center for the Arts of Homer keeps the St. Patrick's Day Celebration going with De Danann, once described as 'the Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music.' De Danann, the revered, three decade- old Irish traditional band, takes its
name from the Tuatha de Danann, "legendary magic folk of lore." Like those storied other worldly people of the Goddess Danu, De Danann the band has renewed and reinvigorated itself many, many times over the years.
De Danann was formed in 1975 in Galway and became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music before going their separate ways in 2003. The group released their debut album 'De Danann' in 1975 and in total have recorded 14 albums including "Anthem," "Star Spangled Molly'" and "A Jacket of Batteries" and achieved chart success, with many of the albums reaching gold and platinum status.
A "who's who" of singers and instrumentalists has flowed through their various line ups.
Now two of the founders of De Danann, Bouzouki master Alec Finn and bodhran wizard Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh have again re-formed the band to tour, joined by vocalist Eleanor Shanley, Brian McGrath (banjo), Derek Hickey (accordion) and fiddler Mick Conneeley.
De Danann has played an influential role in the development of modern Irish music. Although they've remained rooted in Ireland's musical tradition, the band's virtuosic instrumental skills and expressive vocalizing has enabled them to reach out to a worldwide audience. According to Earle Hitchner, music writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Irish Echo, "any serious discussion of the evolution of Irish traditional music over the past quarter century must include the enormous contribution of De Danann."
Famous for their cross cultural experiments they recorded traditional Irish versions of The Beatles "Hey Jude," Handel's "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" (which they called "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba to Galway"). They also recorded Jewish Klezmer music with Andy