Irish Powerhouses Danú and Goitse to Perform Rare Double Bill at the Center

By DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, February 26, 2020 News & Announcements

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Danú Marks 25th Anniversary During 2020 St. Paddy’s Day Tour

Acclaimed Irish bands Danú and Goitse perform one of only two U.S. double bills at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on March 5, 2020. Embarking on their celebratory 25th-anniversary tour, Danú’s thrilling solos and heartfelt vocals celebrate traditional Irish culture. Goitse (pronounced “go-witcha”) is one of Ireland’s most popular live bands; the award-winning group is a leader in a new generation of traditional Irish ensembles.

Hailing from Waterford, Dublin, Donegal, and Cork, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Danú first performed at the Center in 2010 and again in 2012.

For over two decades, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Their live DVD, One Night Stand, was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America with
stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City, and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel, and across Europe.

Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Danú’s popular recordings are available on the Shanachie label, and lNPR, the CBC, and the BBC often broadcast live performances.

Goitse, pronounced Go-wit-cha, is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning “come here.” And audiences are invited to come one, come all to hear this multi-award-winning quintet. Goitse formed in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s Irish World Academy. Named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year,” Chicago Irish American News’ “Group of the Year,” as well as winning Germany’s prestigious “Freiburger International Leiter” award in 2016, Goitse is a leader among the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles.

Goitse’s releases include five critically acclaimed albums and they maintain a year-round touring schedule throughout Ireland and the UK, Germany, France, and the United States. Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. The gripping rhythm section sets a powerful drive for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine McGeeney draws audiences into a song the way few performers can.


Danú and Goitse

Be swept away to Ireland by two of the Republic’s leading traditional music ensembles. One magical concert brings down the house with Danú and Goitse sharing the stage in the ultimate celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Danú was last seen on the Presenting Series in 2014.

March 5 at 7:30 p.m.