Danny Boy

Written by John Brancy


In category: Song of the Day

Published October 28, 2016

Arguably the most well known song ever, Danny Boy has swiftly become a very favorite of mine since I became intimately acquainted with it a few seasons ago. I mentioned in a previous post that pianist Peter Dugan and I will be launching our album A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song this year. When we were first thinking of concepts for how to organize the program, we knew we wanted it to end with something memorable, powerful and original (to a degree). Peter came to me with his arrangement of “Danny Boy”, which I truly feel is the best piano-vocal version out there. Just to back up that claim, we have been asked many times if the arrangement is available for purchase. We have even been asked by pianist Julius Drake for a copy as well—don’t worry a copy is on its way soon!

Instead of going too far into the depth of the story and the origin of the song. I feel like this one really speaks for itself, and this arrangement gets right to the heart of what the song is all about.

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Award-winning baritone John Brancy is on the verge of an exciting and diverse performing career, and has been hailed by The New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence”. John is a longtime favorite of NYFOS audiences, having participated in all three NYFOS residency programs, as well as in NYFOS Next, After Hours, and Mainstage performances. We are thrilled that he is returning to NYFOS in Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel on November 1 and November 3, 2016.


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