Danny Boy by Malachy McCourt
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"Danny Boy"
By Malachy McCourt

"Danny Boy"

The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad

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Format: Hardback

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Danny Boy by Malachy McCourt

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780762411245
ISBN-10: 0762411244
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Perseus Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Malachy McCourt

County Limerick native Malachy McCourt is the authority to tell the history of Ireland. He has written several books, including the best-selling A Monk Swimming, Singing My Him Song, Danny Boy, Voices of Ireland, and The Claddagh Ring. Complementing his literary work, McCourt is also a skilled actor. He appeared in the television series Oz and in feature films such as The Bonfire of the Vanities. He lives in New York City.

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