The musicians in Danú came together following a casual jam session and have since recorded seven albums and embarked on multiple tours.
John D. Kelly
Though many folks may choose to celebrate their Irish roots with beer and corned beef at a local pub on St. Patrick’s Day, authentic Irishness can be found in a different place this year. Seven well-known native Irish musicians will take the stage in Troy to bring the audience on a journey to the land of Ireland with music and story.
IF YOU GO
• What: Danú
• When: Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m.
• Where: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
• How much: $22-$37
• Info: www.troymusichall... or 273-0038
Hailing straight from historic County Waterford in the Emerald Isle, Danú, a high-energy traditional Irish band complete with flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki, will perform at the Troy Music Hall on Sunday, March 16.
Benny McCarthy, a founding member of the award-winning band, plays button accordion in the band. He said the audience will get a true sense of what life was like in Ireland many years ago through the music.
“Our performance does take a journey to Ireland in the sense that we are from the four corners of Ireland,” McCarthy said. “We like to tell the audience the stories. Everybody in the group talks.”
McCarthy said the lyrics and titles of the band’s music all reference some sort of story from their native country.
“It might be a story of a song local to a place in Waterford, to a story like ‘County Down’ based in County Down. Basically everything has a story, and we like to tell it,” he said. “All the music is links to what has happened in Ireland over the years.”
Danú’s well-known song, “County Down” is one example.
“Everyone loves ‘County Down.’ It’s a beautiful song — a newly written song, and a story about immigration” he said.
Though Danú prides itself on its ancient tunes, the band plays both traditional and new music.