Danny Boy

August 7, 2013 — 145 Comments

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Charlotte Hoather and Marcus Kitchen

I arrived home last night on the train from Glasgow and it was a little too late to check my video and write this post.  So I was up early before work and managed to upload this performance of Danny Boy from my concert in St. Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Edinburgh. I am just on my tea break so I thought I would finish the post and let you have a listen 🙂

 Danny Boy is a ballad written by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly in 1910.  It was set to the tune of ‘Londonderry Air’ in 1913.

The musical genre is ‘Folk Song’.  There are a few variations to the lyrics and various theories to the meaning, I feel that it’s a message from a girl saying goodbye to her boyfriend as he’s going off to war.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

145 responses to Danny Boy

  1. 

    Love the dress Charlotte – and of course the performance!

    • 

      Hi Jan and Stephen, your beachfront boutique looks fabulous in a beautiful location. I love this dress I paid full price for it in Glasgow so my Mum (who is the best bargain hunter ever) says I have to wear it to destruction 🙂

      Thanks for the compliment,
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  2. 

    Wow, oh Wow…such talent. Lovely. 🙂

    • 

      Hello Patricia, I’m happy you enjoyed the song. Doing ten songs in a program was quite exciting I usually only perform six to eight songs in two sets, it was also challenging to remember all the introductions for the songs and all the correct lyrics. It was fabulous experience and a lovely Cathedral to perform in with a lovely audience.

      All the best
      Charlotte

    • 

      I love it when I hear “bravo” from the audience, I usually only get it when I sing Art is Calling for Me because it is such a comic song. I will try to load a version for you. Love your photos too, I love visiting art galleries in the UK.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  3. 

    Wow, that was beautiful! 😀

  4. 

    One of my favorite songs of all time…

  5. 

    I LOVE IT CHARLOTTE!!!!!! This was my granddad’s favourite song and he was always singing it or whistling the tune. Made me shiver listening to your beautiful voice singing it. And, Marcus you did a great job too, well done both of you. xx

  6. 

    Absolutely outstanding! Certainly one of my favorite songs, and you definitely gave me goosebumps! Truly beautiful!

  7. 

    Your performance was absolutely lovely. Both of you did a wonderful job!

    • 

      Thank you Tim, the concert was free entry for the public to chime with your post of yesterday and organised by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I’m so pleased that I volunteered to do it, I had a fabulous day. We were very grateful to get our train fare covered from Glasgow to Edinburgh and a lunch in the Cathedral’s Café as we weren’t expecting that.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  8. 

    Stunning performance! 🙂

    • 

      Thank you, regarding performance anxiety I feel the more practise you get playing in front of others the better it helps you to overcome it, if they can stand my exasperation if the piano piece doesn’t go right that is 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  9. 

    I know I’ve been following your blog for about a week or so, but this is the first chance I’ve had to actually watch/listen to one of the videos. You have a beautiful voice, and I also like the dress. I was going to ask who the pianist was (he is good), but I see it’s in the other comments. I didn’t realize Danny Boy has only been around since 1910, thanks for the historical information.

    • 

      Good luck with your new blog site and thanks for spending the time to leave your lovely comment on mine. Marcus is a fellow student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland he is a tenor as well as being a pianist.

      All the best
      Charlotte

  10. 

    A beautiful performance! One of my all-time favourite songs (my dad used to sing this, and hearing it always reminds me of him) 🙂

    • 

      Thanks Mr Toot, I’m glad I bought back happy memories of your Dad. I love it that you love your job as a children’s entertainer, I had some fabulous parties at the local church hall, my family organised all the events themselves, my mum used to cook loads of hot dogs and bake cakes but we always got an entertainer because I used to invite so many friends. My Dad often dressed up in a character costume to help the entertainer, the Power Ranger wasn’t his favourite as he got lots of karate kicks which was quite funny because he actually is a black belt and just had to block the kicks 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      • 

        Thanks Charlotte. 🙂 Entertaining certainly is a rewarding job; the best job I think. As your Dad discovered, sometimes the children can have a little too much fun with characters; and with me it’s the fact they love my clown shoes, and for some reason love to stomp on them. Thankfully they’re made of leather and quite tough.

        Sounds like you have fond memories, which is so nice, and you come from a very creative family, which makes such a difference to choices in life.
        My father was a singer at pubs and talent quests during the 1960s 70s and 80s (country music) and he loved the fact that I’m an entertainer too, although somewhat different to what he did. (He was very funny, so maybe that’s where I got some of the clown character from)

        My fondest memory is of him singing ‘Danny Boy’ to me when I was 18; he had an old guitar and lived on a boat at the time, and it’s a memory I’ll never forget. Thanks again for sharing this song, and your amazing talent, and all the best with your career.

        Cheers, Danny (Mr. Toot)

  11. 

    Congratulations! You’re the recipient of the Super Sweet Blog Award. Here’s the link to get you started on your own post where you can pass on the award to other bloggers: http://fairytalefeminista.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/super-sweet-blog-award

  12. 

    Wow–what a voice, and one of my favorite songs.

  13. 

    A family favourite. Thanks so much.

  14. 

    a wonderful tune and a fine performance, I wish I had been there. Thanks

  15. 

    Wonderful… I’ve never heard better.

    • 

      Hi Colin, that’s quite a compliment thank you. I am very self-critical and now I have these recordings I can review my live performances to target improvements, it will be interesting to see these songs recorded again at the end of year 2,3 and 4 to see if my voice/performance changes significantly. I am so looking forward to getting back to College and getting stuck in again with Kath, my teacher 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  16. 

    Beautiful photo of you both, really enjoyed the song too.xxx

    • 

      Hi, it’s a beautiful song to sing, very emotive, I could hear the audience sigh ‘ahh’, in anticipation before I began, after announcing what I was going to sing. Tom took the photo and did the recording he did a good job.

      Warmest Wishes
      Charlotte

  17. 

    Nicely done. 🙂

  18. 

    What a gift you have in your voice. I hope you get as much joy from performing as others will from watching and listening.

  19. 

    You have a beautiful voice. Wonderful performance!

  20. 

    Beautiful voice! I like this type of songs sung. Not hip on Opera.

    • 

      Hi Bob thanks for the lovely message, I appreciate you taking the time to listen especially if your not an Opera fan ;). I’m posting Art is Calling For Me tonight which is from a comic opera if I can tempt you to take a peak… 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  21. 

    each post is a new (beautiful) surprise. Thank you.

    • 

      Thank you for visiting from Romania, it’s great that your blog translates into English, although I learned a Czech aria called Ruselka “Mesicku na nebi hlubokem’, I’ve not sung in Romanian yet 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  22. 

    Very beautiful Charlotte. I’ve heard the song a dozens of times with the Irish Lismorahaun Singers and even a Danish choir was taught to sing it in Irish for their tour to Ireland. Always a beautiful and very moving song.

    • 

      Thanks Hanne, my Dad’s friend was from Ireland his name was Mr Jackie Rae, before my Dad met him, he was the Manager of a great cabaret venue called “Talk of the North” in Salford near Manchester. When he and Dad worked together Jackie would sing or whistle Danny Boy all the time and that’s why I learned it this year after it was suggested as a good folk song to learn.

      All the best
      Charlotte

  23. 

    Thank you, Heather, for sharing your beautiful voice! I love that song. My oldest grandson’s name is Daniel. You are incredibly talented and listening to you gives me goosebumps! It is wonderful that you get to travel all over the world to perform. If you ever get to New England USA please let me know. Best wishes! Janice

    • 

      Hi Janice, Thank you ;). My Mum says that she thinks the song is more about a parent or grandparent singing to their son or grandson, going off to war, worrying that they may be dead and gone before he returns, but keeping their dream alive that he will return safe. I’d love to get to the States to sing who knows; in the meantime I hope you enjoy my video blogs.

      All the best
      Charlotte.

  24. 

    I enjoyed your performance.

  25. 

    Very pretty young lady and a wonderful performance. I love your photographs of the cathedral.

  26. 

    Very relaxing and calming!

  27. 

    Quite good singing. Clearly, you’ve had a lot of practice.

  28. 

    Wonderful voice, Charlotte! Congrats!

  29. 

    There are not many times I’m at a complete loss for words. Angelic seems to fit yet not do justice to incredible performance. I can’t wait to share with my parents who left Scotland 60 years ago. I know my Scottish blood was flowing listening to you. Thanks so much for sharing your gift! Your new Big fan!

    • 

      Thanks a lot Todd, even though I’ve only been in Scotland for a year it is a beautiful place and very friendly and welcoming, I’m really looking forward to my next three years there. Do you have a blog, your gravatar doesn’t link back to it.
      Hope you get the chance to pop back.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  30. 

    I have always enjoyed that song! And you do a great job singing it too!

  31. 

    Beautiful, Charlotte! LOVE!

  32. 

    Awesome job! I love love love that song! It gave me goosebumps–in a good way!

    • 

      Awesome, I love that word, thank you very much, we don’t use ‘awesome’ very often in the UK but my lovely friend Danielle from California introduced it into my vocabulary this past year and I drop it in to conversations now 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  33. 

    This is beautiful! 🙂

  34. 
    latebreakingcatholic August 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful performance of a lovely song. My parents are Irish so this song does something particular for Irish people. Perhaps it is because so many of them left home and didn’t return.

    • 

      Thank you, my paternal great grandmother left Ireland for Liverpool and settled in England and married into the Hoather family all those years ago so I know where you’re coming from.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  35. 

    Beautiful.

  36. 

    Reblogged this on wordabsinthe and commented:
    Beautiful rendition of “Danny Boy”.

  37. 

    Such a beautiful rendition of this song…one of my favorites! You do the song such great justice, and this is easily my favorite 🙂 Absolutely beautiful.

  38. 

    Your voice is amazing! Thanks for following my blog.

    • 

      Thank you Cindy, your gravatar doesn’t seem to be linking back to your blog? It’s interesting that you’re a park ranger, is that like a Countryside policewoman?
      Hope you get chance to pop back.
      Charlotte

  39. 

    Hello Charlotte,

    What a way to start the day, I was born and raised in Ireland with this song having a great deal of meaning to me. Your voice is beautiful, such a moving rendition.

    I also want to thank you for following “Beyond The Cracked Window” I am honored.

    Stephen.

    • 

      Hi Stephen,
      I did AS level maths, and whenever I had an Irish folk song to sing in an Irish accent I used to ask Mr England to say certain words so I got as close as possible, perhaps I’ll have to learn Danny Boy with a Londonderry accent.
      All the best
      Charlotte

  40. 

    This is beautifully done! Looking forward to following your ventures…

  41. 

    Since I kinda requested it, thank you so much, it was even more fantastic than I expected. But I thought it was about a grandfather singing to his grandson.

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