RTE Radio 1 Music: Album of the Week

With more than 40 hours of music on RTE Radio 1 every single week, we want to ensure the best music for our listeners is played. Every fortnight we have a new playlist of the best of the new releases from Irish and international acts. And there's always an album of the week. The tracks are rotated over the main daytime programmes and are updated every week.

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Hot Press Album Review

It’s a long way from Ballyshannon to Nashville might sound like the first line of one of his songs, but that’s the twenty-year journey Danny Burns had to take to arrive at this fine debut album. While it would be hard to mistake Burns for anything other than Irish - he’s got a head like safety match, as my Gran would have put it - this album is very much an American(a) record. The most casual of glances at the list of collaborators involved – Nashville Royalty Jerry Douglas, Tift Merritt, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Alison Krauss man Dan Tyminski, and mandolinist Sam Bush to name but a few – marks this out as a release to be taken seriously.

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RollingStone Country Feature

Backed by Mindy Smith, Sam Bush and ChessBoxer, Irish songwriter Danny Burns nods to his homeland with “North Country,” a moody folk song about Ireland’s earliest residents repelling a Viking raid. The acoustic instrumentation is top notch, but it’s Burns’ voice — with its unique pronunciations shaped back home in Donegal — that sells this salute to the old days.”

- Robert Crawford, RollingStone

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Katherine Forbes
Bluegrass Situation Premieres "North Country"

I wrote this about the indigenous people of the island of Ireland engaging the Vikings in Viking raids! I started writing this on the banks of Lough Melvin looking up at Rossinver Mountain in the village of Garrison in County Fermanagh where my family are from. This song took many years to take shape and present itself to me; I started this maybe in 2001 and it was finished in 2015. When we went in to cut it in Nashville with Mindy Smith, Sam Bush, and Chessboxer, they were able to add depth and mood to this historical story.

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No Depression: Danny Burns and Friends - A Collaborative Gem

“When I saw Danny Burns a while back at Music City Roots (please find a new venue MCR, we miss your intelligent spirit!), I learned a few facts - a lad from County Donegal in Ireland, given the opportunity to work with some impressive musicians, a new album with some gifted contributors, the new songs previewed that night sounded strong.”

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Billboard: Danny Burns Returns to Folk Roots With 'Waiting on Something to Give': Video Premiere

“Danny Burns is no newcomer to music; The Irish-American troubadour has been working and traveling for some 20 years now and even released an album, briefly, back in 2010. But he considers North Country, coming out Jan. 18 -- previewing here with the video for the track "Waiting on Something to Give" -- as his "first official official release."

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That Nashville Sound Monday Newsbytes

“A very intriguing guest list has me excited about a forthcoming new album, North Country.  It's coming from Irish Americana artist Danny Burns, who just signed to Bonfire Recording Co. North Country drops Jan 18. Seriously, check out this amazing guest list: Tift Merritt, Holly Williams, Mindy Smith, Cara Dillon, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Dan Tyminski, Critter Fuqua of Old Crow Medicine Show.

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