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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Danú: 20th Anniversary Tour, Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.

February 10, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


      Danú: 20th Anniversary Tour

         Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 10, 2015 – Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Danú returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts to perform an unforgettable evening of lively Celtic music. The award-winning Irish band celebrates its two decades of spirited music-making with its 20th Anniversary Tour, coming to Fairfax on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. 

The evening’s program features a glorious blend of traditional Irish slides, jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes and ballads showcasing different regional music from across Ireland, as well as original songs by Danú’s talented songwriters.Danú features Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on lead vocals, flute and whistles; Benny McCarthy on button accordion; Oisin McAuley on fiddle and backing vocals; Eamon Doorley on Irish bouzouki; Donal Clancy on guitar and lead and backing vocals; and Martin O’Neill on bodhran (Irish drum). Joining the band are former members Liam Flanagan on banjo and fiddle, and Ivan Goff on Uilleann pipes, flute and whistles. 

Hailing from Ireland’s historic County Waterford, Danú has built a massive fan base worldwide due to its ebullient performances, jaw-dropping talent and mastery of traditional Celtic instruments. The recipient of numerous BBC and Irish Music Magazine awards, Danú has performed for audiences throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India and Israel. The band has released eight recordings and its live performances are often broadcast on NPR, the CBC and the BBC. The band’s live DVD, “One Night Stand,” was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin in Ireland.



Repertoire will be selected from the following and announced from the stage:


"Ballydesmond Slide"/"Paddy Cronins"/"John Dohertys"/"Scott’s Favourite" (Instrumental)

All Traditional tunes arranged by Danú


"Beir Mo Dhúthracht"(Song)

Composed by Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha, arranged by Danú


"The New House"/"Brown-Eyed Bridget"/"The Humours of Holliston" (Instrumental)

Composed by Paddy O'Brien/O. McAuley/O. McAuley, arranged by Danú


"Lord Gregory" (Song)

Traditional arranged by Danú


"Willie Crotty"(Song)

Composed by Robbie O'Connell, arranged by Danú


"Merle's Tune"/"Murtough Molloy"/"The Flags of Dublin" (Instrumental)

Liz Carroll/Traditional/Traditional, arranged by Danú


"Caisleán Rathanáin"/"Mairseáil na Conrach"(Instrumental)

Composed by O. McAuley & D. Clancy, arranged by Danú


"Pósadh Do bFhearr Liom Ná Bacfainn É"/"Muirisín Deas Is Nóra"(Song)

Traditional/Composed by Seán Ó Duinnshléibhe, arranged by Danú


"Passage West" (Song)

Composed by J. Spillane, arranged by Danú


"Tuamgraney Castle"/"The Broken Pledge"/"The Braes of Busby" (Instrumental)

All Traditional tunes arranged by Danú


"The Willow Tree" (Song)

Composed by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, arranged by Danú


Program is subject to change. There will be an intermission.


Tickets for DANÚ: 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR are $46, $39 and $28. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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