Danny Boy, A Little History Behind This Favorite Song

No Saint Patrick’s Day would be complete without hearing the familiar strains of the favorite Irish song, Danny Boy. The mere mention of the song any time of the year will also  bring an immediate and favorable response.  “That was my father’s favorite song or someone might say, it was my mother’s favorite song or it is one of my favorite songs. So where did it come from, who wrote it and when was it written? Is it an Irish song? Well it is actually not an Irish song although the Irish have adopted it, it was written in 1910 by an English attorney named Fredrick Whetherly who, as a hobby,  enjoyed writing poetry. Whetherly had sent the lyric as a poem to his sister-in-law Margaret in America.  She later recounted how she continually found herself singing her brother in laws words to the melody of the beloved hyme, Londonderry Air.  She sent the music to Whetherly in England and he too was impressed with how well the metric rhyme and music fit together and so became the song Danny Boy, the song the world celebrates each March 17th. Danny Boy has been recorded by over a hundred artists since  the first recording in 1915. Arguably reviewed as one of the interpretations  that best represents the emotion of Danny Boy. http://www.abigon.com/christianwildemusic.html

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