Listening to De Dannan
this evening as I type a few amendments to a paper I am writing, I was trying to figure out who the vocalist was to whom I was listening, and who was bringing me so close to tears. I have not been listening to De Dannan much since I acquired the tracks from a friend. At least not closely. Usually as background. I had to check to see who sang with the group at that time, on that album. At various times Dolores Keane
, Maura O’Connell
, Eleanor Shanley,
and Mary Black
sang with De Dannan. Having eliminated two for sure, I was still none the wiser whether it was Dolores Keane or Eleanor Shanley, because I am unfamiliar with them both. Shame on me. However, after a bit of checking, I found a it was Tommy Flemming who had the affecting voice that I had assumed was a woman’s.
Later, I had another surprise. I had never noticed before that one of the tracks is Nessun Dorma from Turandot, sung in Gaelic accompanied by instruments not usually associated with operatic works. Wow. How did I miss that before? Anyway, I digress. In the process I found a link to the page of someone who has been researching “Danny Boy” and the song’s association with the strange and seemingly not-Irish Londonderry Air A whole day of reading and link following there…. sometime.
Fascinating… Great to see references too..