Nell home to sing in Gaeltacht with Danú

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Pet O’Con­nell

Nearly two years — and three Amer­i­can tours — af­ter join­ing trad group Danú, singer Nell Ní Chróinín brings it all back home this week­end with the band’s first gig in her na­tive Múscraí Gaeltacht.

Sat­ur­day’s (Novem­ber 18) con­cert at the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Mhúirne is one of just two Ir­ish dates be­fore Danú re­turn to the US for a twoweek pre-Christ­mas tour.

Nell, from Béal Átha ’n Ghaorthaidh, made her name as a sean-nós singer, win­ning TG4’s singer of the year award, and Corn Uí Ri­ada at Oireach­tas na Samhna 2014.

Now singing ac­com­pa­nied by her fel­low Danú mu­si­cians, Nell as­sures fans that her style re­mains true to the sean­nós tra­di­tion.“My own style of singing hasn’t changed at all, but I now have ac­com­pa­ni­ment, which I wouldn’t have had be­fore,” she says.

Sat­ur­day’s au­di­ence can ex- pect a blend of old and new ma­te­rial from a fresh Danú line-up which sees Dubliner Tony Byrne re­place Dó­nal Clancy on gui­tar, with Ivan Goff com­ing in on pipes and flute.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it. A lot of the songs I’d be singing are my lo­cal songs and it’s nice to be able to bring the songs back to the lo­cal­ity and the peo­ple that had taught me the songs,” says Nell. “There’s a lit­tle bit of pres­sure, but I sup­pose that’s good too. You want peo­ple at home to en­joy it and say ‘they did a nice job on that’. It’ll be a good mix­ture be­tween lively songs, slow songs, tunes and craic.”

While in Ire­land, the band plans to add new tracks to those al­ready recorded for a new al­bum, due for re­lease in March. Then it’s back to the US for what will be Nell’s fourth tour since join­ing Danú in Jan­uary 2016. A na­tional school teacher in Car­low, Nell jug­gles this work with her stage ca­reer thanks to a job­share, and is de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to tour.

“It’s been great fun and some­thing that you al­ways dream of when you’re young,” she says. “It’s still new to me and I’m really en­joy­ing ev­ery minute of it.”

Singer Nell Ní Chróinín and trad group Danú per­form at the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Mhúirne this Sat­ur­day.

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