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Photo of Danu band members

Photo by John D. Kelly

Danú is a St. Pat's favorite

OVERLAND Park, Kan. –Danú, one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles today, will be back again this year just in time to get you in the mood for St. Patrick's Day.

The band, back by popular demand, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall.

Tickets, which are $80, $40 and $30, are available from the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at

The band hails from Ireland's historic County Waterford. Its moving performances  take audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland.

Virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals (Irish and English) have performed around the globe for more than a decade. They've also recorded seven albums. Its DVD, One Night Stand, was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin and the band has won numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine.

The first members of Danú, including Benny McCarthy, met up in 1994 at a festival in Ireland. They began playing the following year, taking the name of the Celtic goddess and released their first album in 1997.

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 and Israel. Danú's recordings are available on the Shanachie label and live performances are often broadcast on NPR, the CBC and the BBC.