Danny Boy: The Legend Of The Beloved Irish Ballad

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UPC:
9780762411245
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Binding:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
2001-12-27
Author:
Malachy McCourt
Language:
english
Edition:
First Edition

Everyone can hum this haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. The most requested Irish song, it has been recorded by a variety of performers ranging from Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Kate Smith to the Pogues. The complete story of this moving tune has been shrouded in mystery until now. Where did Danny Boy originate, who actually wrote the lyrics, and is it even Irish? Acclaimed novelist, actor, memoirist, screenwriter, playwright, and raconteur, Malachy McCourt, turns his Irish eye to the song's complex history and myths in an eloquent ode to this classic. He traces the evolution of the music, which is one of more than 100 songs composed to the very same tune, including the familiar Londonderry Air, and explores the enduring mystique of Danny Boy in an unforgettable tribute that brilliantly weaves history with folklore.