The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad
By (author) Malachy McCourt
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Danny Boy by Malachy McCourt
Book DescriptionEveryone 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 DetailsISBN: 9780762411245
(210mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Perseus Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 6-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Malachy McCourt
Come Here Often?, Paperback / softback (October 2014)
A collection of appreciations of bars, some closed, some still in business, that have impacted the authors' lives.
Couple of Blaguards, Paperback / softback (June 2013)
This two-man show is a bubbling stew of humor with a dash of poignancy to sharpen the flavor. A grand crowd pleaser whenever performed, the Blaguards is a story of immigration, triumph over hardship and the love of a family.
Through Irish Eyes, Hardback (February 2013)
The only photography book to document the world of Limerick, Ireland, as lived by families during the time of the McCourts.
Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland, Paperback (February 2008)» View all books by Malachy McCourt
An irresistible tour through the Emerald Isle
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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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