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Daithi Rua: an overnight success after 20 years!

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Daithi Rua

Daithi Rua was a surprise highlight of my recent visit to Gent, Belgium, to visit one of my brothers. Daithi [aka David Donegan] hails from Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, and spends most of his time in this part of the world. In the Irish ballad singer tradition, he writes most of his own material, has a powerful voice and plays no mean guitar, but above all, he is a consumate live performer.

One of the most moving of his songs was his dark tribute to Michael O’Brien, former Mayor of Clonmel, a victim of clerical child sex abuse – though this is not one of the songs on his new CD, ‘Black Fox’, being released on Dolphin Discs and also available for download. I understand there is a distinct possibility of this song’s being recorded by Christy Moore.

It is good to realise that Irish balladeering is still alive and well and living in Belgium, of all places. Go n-éirí an bóthar leis [Literally: May the road rise with him; idiomatically: may he journey safely].


Written by Frank McMullan

10 July 2010 at 08:44

Posted in Music, Travel

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