Since Danny Doyle's Step it Out, Mary and Whiskey on a Sunday first topped the Irish record charts almost two decades ago, this bearded Dublin folksinger has indisputably been Ireland's foremost solo balladeer. He has had a score of hits since 1967, songs like Daisy a Day, The Green Hills of Kerry, The Fields of Athenry and his world-famous anthem, Dublin in the Rare Ould Times.
He has an uncanny way of taking you back in song and story to the bohemian neighbourhood of his childhood, to a time when the great Brendan Behan would flip Danny a coin in Baggot Street for a song on the sidewalk.
Nor does this remarkable Dubliner sing only the songs of his home town. Danny's ballads of the Irish countryside are delivered with a loving care, reflecting his abiding affection for the ancient Gaelic cultural tradition. Listen. You will hear rowdy songs of the sea and glen, rollicking songs of whiskey and women, rueful songs of rebellion and rising. There is whimsy and lament, laughter and pathos, but, above all, remember that when you listen, you are hearing the authentic lilt of Ireland singing. Here you will find no popularized, storybook version of the Emerald Isle: rather, here you will discover Ireland's most popular balladeer singing the hidden melody of the real Irish.
Now, at last, Volume 2 of the DANNY DOYLE COLLECTION is here, which, along with Volume 1, makes up a beautiful selection of Danny's best-known songs and ballads.