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With its glorious mix of brilliant musicians and gorgeous voices, Danú takes you on a musical journey to its native Ireland.


Danú: An Emerald Isle Christmas

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 8pm

Tickets: $36, $42, $49, $100

Irvine Barclay Theatre - 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

Celebrate the holidays with the acclaimed Irish ensemble, Danú. For over two decades, Danú’s high-energy performances have thrilled Celtic music lovers around the globe with major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel and across Europe. With its glorious mix of brilliant musicians and gorgeous voices, Danú takes you on a musical journey to its native Ireland, offering a spirit-raising concert experience for the entire family. 


Artists: Nell Ní Chróinín (Lead Vocals & Whistles); Benny McCarthy (Button Accordion); Oisin McAuley (Fiddle and Backing Vocals); Éamon Doorley (The Irish Bouzouki and Backing Vocals); Anthony Byrne (Guitar); Ivan Goff (Uilleann Pipes - Irish pipes & Flute); Amy Richter (Bodhran - Irish Drum)


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YouTube: Danú Live in the Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford, Ireland




“…a vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy” — The Washington Post

“Danú stirs the blood and lifts the heart.” Irish Music Magazine

“Compellingly original”— Los Angeles Times





Hailing from Counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Donegal in Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. The band formed in 1995 as part of Ireland’s delegation to Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival in Brittany, France (an annual event that is the biggest gathering of Celtic nations in the world). The debut album simply entitled Danú was released by the band in 1997 to huge critical acclaim and in 1999 Danú signed a multi-album record deal with the US-based recording label Shanachie Entertainment with whom they subsequently released five albums and a live DVD internationally between 2000 and 2006. Over the past few years, Danú has added three independent releases to their discography.

For over 2 decades Danú's virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English) have delighted audiences worldwide. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Symphony Space in New York City. Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. 

Danú welcomed star vocalist Nell Ní Chróinín into the fold in 2016, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the band's legacy. Nell's multiple awards include TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year 2012 and she was also the winner of the prestigious Oireactas 'Corn Uí Riada' award in 2014. 

Danú's live performances are often broadcasted on RTE, TG4, BBC, NPR and CBC.



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

Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil (Song) Traditional/Arranged by Danú

Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake (Song) Traditional/Arranged by Danú

The Wren Song (Song) Traditional/Arranged by Danú

Oiche Chiuin/Silent Night (Song) Traditional/Arranged by Danú

Christmas Eve Reel (Instrumental) Traditional/Arranged by Danú

The Holly it bears a Berry (Song) Traditional/Arranged by Danú

Slides/Polkas Set (Instrumental) Traditional/Arranged by Danú

*Program is subject to change*

Irvine Barclay Theatre 2019-2020 Season sponsor: UCI Health

About Irvine Barclay Theatre

Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit to learn about our exciting new season!