St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Do you have plans yet? If not, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center invites you to our St. Patrick’s Eve Celebration at the Bankhead Theater. We are proud to welcome Danú, one of the most popular traditional Irish ensembles in 2018. Those in attendance will be treated to an enthralling mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire on the night before the most Irish of holidays. If you’re familiar with Danú, you might know that the band members hail from Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal. As a group, Danú offers the music of their heritage in a performance that’s been called “impressive, immersive, and uniquely and unmistakably Irish.” Keep reading as we take a closer look at the group.
Danú was formed in 1995 as part of Ireland’s delegation to the annual Lorient Interceltic Festival in France, the largest gathering of Celtic nations in the world. Just two years later, the group’s self-titled debut album was released to critical acclaim. Frankly, it didn’t take long for others to see how special Danú could be. In 1999, the group signed a multi-album record deal with the Record Label Shanachie Entertainment with whom they would release five albums and a DVD internationally between 2000 and 2006.
Let’s get to the sound of Danú now. For more than two decades, the group has been known for virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button, accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English). The group is no stranger to awards either. Danú has won numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music magazine and toured Europe, the Middle East, and North America, performing at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Symphony Space in New York City. Thousands of listeners also tune in to hear Danú’s music in live broadcasts on National Public Radio, the CBC, and the BBC. Part of what makes the group’s sound so powerful is that they take audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience.
Danú’s star vocalist, Nell Ní Chróinín, brought her own history of awards to the group when she joined in 2016. Her multiple awards include TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year 2012 and the recipient of the prestigious Oireactas ‘Corn Uí Riada award in 2014.
The Irish Times describes Danú as “a spirit-raising concoction.” Danú regularly sweeps audiences away on a musical journey to their native country in an experience that’s truly moving, authentic, and unforgettable. It’s safe to say there’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Livermore.
Danú is set to appear at the Bankhead Theater Thursday, March 16th at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $80 and are going quickly. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center also has discounted tickets available for students and active military personnel.
The Bankhead Theater
For years, our performing arts center has been the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community. The Bankhead is at the forefront of our efforts. This 507-seat venue regularly welcomes artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of live performances. We are fortunate to put on more than 40 exceptional performances throughout the year. They aren’t limited to live music, either. Audience members also come to the Bankhead for dance, acrobatics, theater, opera shows, comedy, and much more.
There’s no question that exposure to the arts has the potential to transform lives. It’s why we’re dedicated to making performances affordable and accessible to everyone. Nothing quite compares to the intimate environment of the Bankhead. What exactly do we mean by this? Well, the Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer praised the venue for its perfect acoustics. For artists looking to make a transformation, a stop at the Bankhead is an absolute must.
Our Livermore arts center is an independent non-profit organization that operates the Bankhead, as well as the Bothwell and Downtown Art Studios. We invite you and your loved ones to share in the power of live performances. Interested in donating? LVPAC is an independent 501(c)3 organization offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond.
See our events calendar for upcoming performances.