The Flower of Danaveen

from The Road Across the Hills by Gráinne Brady

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The Flower of Danaveen

Norah Ryan’s painful story shows the dangers to which an innocent girl is exposed, through ignorance of the fundamental facts of existence.
Shortly after moving to Glasgow, Norah gave birth to a baby boy. Unable to hold up a job, she eventually became a prostitute to provide for her child. Tragically however, he became fatally ill and died. With not much left to live for, Norah was left to drift the streets of Glasgow, until one evening she was set upon by thugs and left to die, where Gourock Ellen found her.
Norah was described by Dermod as an early delicate flower which he had once found killed by the cold snows on the uplands of Danaveen, “ere yet the second warmth of the spring had had come to gladden the bare hills of Donegal”.


from The Road Across the Hills, released February 22, 2019
Music composed by Gráinne Brady.

Gráinne Brady – fiddle
Andrew Waite – piano accordion


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Gráinne Brady Glasgow, UK

Gráinne Brady is a Glasgow based fiddle player and composer, originally from Co. Cavan, Ireland.

"Irish/Scottish and contemporary influences infuse Brady’s vibrant rhythms and rich lyrical patterns, illuminating peaks and troughs of the emigrant experience and the extremities of poverty. Arrangements evoke both adversity and lively inner strength." Bryony Hegarty, RnR Magazine 5*****
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