Daniel’s first recording ‘As Gaelige’

Eamonn McFadden

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Eamonn McFadden

Daniel O’Donnell’s first recording ‘As Gaelige’ is due to be released in a new charity compilation out in early December.

Daniel O’Donnell’s first recording ‘As Gaelige’ is due to be released in a new charity compilation out in early December.

The Kincasslagh singer has lent his support to a project entitled “Le Cuidiú De” to the air of “You raise me up”. “Le Cuidiú De” is also the title of the new album.

It is a gaelige re-working of the Brendan Graham classic that Daniel has won a firm reputation for singing in his live performances and word has it Mr. Graham is more than happy with the results.

“Le Cuidiú De” is a joint project between a Ranafast born duo songwriter and poet, Eileen Boyle who now lives in Dungloe and her friend Mairéad Hanlon who lives in Annagry.

Eileen explained that the project began last summer after she and Mairéad agreed to try and put the songs Eileen had penned to good use. They drew on the rich musical heritage in the Rosses and Gaoth Dobhair areas that resulted in a 14 track album.

It features talented local un-recorded singers as well as a number of well-known artists including Moya Brennan and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh among others.

“I had a collection of songs this last while and it was in the summer someone came looking for a song from me and I said okay. Then I said to Mairéad ‘I wonder if we could do something like a CD that would benefit someone or some group? She said ‘great idea, but why not spread it out to all the great singers in the Rosses and Gaoth Dobhair areas’. ” Eileen explained.

After gathering the artist support they also enlisted the help of well-known music producer and performer, Manus Lunney, who help their project.

Eileen said when they were speaking with Daniel about his track he told them it was his first recording in Irish and although the song has been rewritten, it still features it familiar air that made it a hit world wide.

“Le Cuidiú De”, in aid of Donegal Hospice, will be launched in Ranafast on December 3.