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For many years traditional super group De Dannan were the forerunners in the Irish traditional music world but after 33 years, 14 albums and a number of changes in the line-up, the group disbanded in 2003.

This July, original founding member and world famous fiddle player Frankie Gavin will unleash a new De Dannan which in his own words “will reflect a De Dannan of the 21st century”.

The official launch of the new band will take place at an exclusive concert at the 2200 capacity Royal Theatre & Events Centre in Castlebar on August 5th during The World Fleadh festival where manyof the former members of the band will come together with the new
members for a celebration of the bands history. Former members of De
Dannan; Dolores Keane, Mary Black and Máirtín O Connor have confirmed
that they will join Frankie Gavin with the new line-up for this
unique celebration.

The new De Dannan line-up will be led by original De Dannan member
Frankie Gavin on fiddle, flutes & whistles with Michelle Lally on
vocals, Damien Mullane on accordian, Mike Galvin on bouzouki &
guitars and Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes & whistles.
Frankie Gavin, who himself has performed with a whole host of musical
luminaries from Stéphane Grappelli to the Rolling Stones, said of the
launch of the new De Dannan:

“This is a very exciting time in the life of De Dannan. The band has
in the past been responsible for launching the careers of many of
Ireland’s best-known traditional performers who are now enjoying
successful solo careers. Following a period where a De Dannan unit
was no longer actively performing I believe it’s time now to write a
new chapter in the De Dannan story. I have put together a team of
musicians to form the new De Dannan who are tremendously talented
performers and who I know will restore the De Dannan name and sound
to its former glory. We have also at the same time developed our own
approach which will reflect a De Dannan of the 21st century.”
De Dannan will be joined on August 5th and at a selection of other
performances by a new act known as ‘Women of Ireland’ which comprises
some of Ireland’s finest female performers. The group have just
finished a 3 month tour of the USA with Frankie and the Dublin
Philharmonic Orchestra.

Part of the band’s immediate performance plans will include a
residency at Ireland’s National Event Centre in Killarney during July
& August while performances are already planned in the future for
Carnegie Hall, Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and the Hollywood Bowl in
addition to various festivals world wide.

A new De Dannan album featuring the new De Dannan line-up with
special guests is also due for release on August 5th.

For tickets for the exclusive De Dannan celebration concert on August
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