De Dannan were formed in 1974 in the Irish-speaking area of Spiddal, Co. Galway, and then consisted of Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn, Johnny McDonagh and Charlie Piggott. Dolores Keane joined to become the first of many lead singers, for their debut album; since then, the lineup has changed many times, most especially the lead singer, which slot has also been occupied by Mary Black, Maura O' Connell, Johnny Moynihan, Eleanor Shanley and now Tomie Fleming.
1996 Hibernian Rhapsody PED 9601 1991 Best of De Danann Shanachie 79047 1991 Half Set in Harlem Green Linnet 1113 Bee's Knees Celtic Music 1988 Song for Ireland Sugar Hill 1130(1983?) 1985 Anthem Dara 013 WEA 1983 Jacket of Batteries Green Linnet 3053 Harmac HM48 1980 The Mist Covered Mountain Gael Linn 087 Shanachie 79005 1980 Banks of the Nile Decca 5318 1978 The Star-Spangled Molly Shanachie 79018 (1981?) 1978 Selected Jigs Reels & Songs Decca Shanachie (1988) 1976 De Danann Polydor Decca 5287 (1977?) 1981 No Home Is Real Shanachie 79018 1987 Ballroom Green Linnet 3040 WEA Single: 1980 Hey Jude/The Teetotaler/St. Annes Reels Gael-Linn CESN 002
Frankie Gavin has also done many solo and collaboration albums, as well as guesting on many others - such as Elvis Costello's 'Spike', the latest Rolling Stones album, Voodoo Lounge, a duet with Yeuhdi Menuhin on the BBC/RTE collaboration 'Bringing it back home'
1996 Hibernian Rhapsody 1994 Irlande OCORA/Radio France C560021 (live album with Gavin, Arty McGlynn, Aidan Coffey). 1993 Jigs and Jazz (duets with Stephane Grapelli, also available on video) 1983 Croch Suas E (up and away) Gael Linn CEF 103 Frankie Gavin solo, mostly on flute, but also fiddle, tin whistle and accordion 1986 Omos do Joe Cooley Gael LinnCEF 115 Frankie Gavin and accordionist Paul Brock with Charlie Lennon in a tribute to the famed accordion player. 1977 Traditional Music of Ireland Shanachie 29008 Gavin and Alec Finn 19?? Frankie Goes to town Bees Knees BKCD01 19?? Island Wedding RTECD145 (with RTE Concert Orch) 19?? An Irish Christmas Bees Knees BKCD003 19?? The Irish RM Release Records RRL 8012 (TV series theme, Gavin, Frankie Daly, Declan Masterson and others).I've also heard that he was featured on an 'Irish Music legends' album and 'Green White and Golden Oldies' - please let me know if you know any more about these albums.
Alec Finn now has his own 'Blue Shamrock' album out on the new Celtic Hearbeat
Thanks to Paul Yachnes, Stephen Jarrett and Jeff Doty for information on the discography.
of De Dannan's
and Frankie Gavin's
albums are available from CDUniverse.
A fiddle player called Pat died and went up to heaven. He was delighted to get there, as lots of his favourite musicians he'd always wanted to play music with (Michael Coleman .... etc) had got there before him. So off he went, sessions all day and night and the Guinness was flowing ....
One night late Pat was walking home after the session with St Peter (a mean harp player himself, as you'd expect), when he heard a lone fiddler playing. The sound seemed to be coming from a darkened room, and peering inside he saw a lonely figure in the shadows in the far corner, who obviously by his body language wanted to be left alone. The fiddle playing was unmistakeable - this could only be Fankie Gavin.
Pat turned to St Peter and said 'I didn't know that Frankie Gavin was dead! When did he get here?'
St Peter shrugged and said 'No he's not dead. That's not Frankie Gavin'
Pat was incredulous. The playing was unmistakeable. 'You're pulling my leg' He said. 'I'd know that playing anywhere. And apart from that who else would want to play all alone up here? That's Frankie Gavin all right'
'No it's not' replied Pete.
'All right then, who is it?' asked Pat, unconvinced.
'It's God' replied St Peter. 'He just thinks he's Frankie Gavin'
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