800 Voices - Songs and stories of an Irish boyhood.
Irish songwriter, singer and author, Danny Ellis spent his formative years in the infamous Artane Industrial School; a brutally tough orphanage run by the Irish Christian Brothers in Dublin. In this dramatic concert performance the mosaic of everyday orphanage life is beautifully crafted with memorable songs and witty narrative; the friends and enemies, the laughter and tears, the wheeling and dealing of the young Danny as he fights for his identity amongst 800 other abandoned lads. Life was hard and abusive but Danny tells his own story with humour and insight, leaving the audience inspired and uplifted.
Danny and his band will play the Union Chapel on 24th June - tickets available now, costing £15 + booking fee - check below for availability. The band on the night will feature Danny Ellis on guitar and vocals, Brian Willoughby also on guitar, Duncan Wickle playing whistles and pipes and James O'Grady playing uilleann pipes and the fiddle.
Quotes for 800 voices:
Danny Ellis has created a moving and compelling experience. Through the telling of this story with such raw honesty, the resilience of the human spirit, even when faced with crushing sadness has resulted in a truly beautiful piece of work. Lesley Douglas - Universal (director)
The sheer musicality of the songs, together with his unique ability as singer and interpreter made a very strong impression on me. 800 Voices is a touching autobiography and a visionary outlook. Bill Whelan - Riverdance Composer
The album '800 voices' is released the same week as the concert, on Monday 22nd June on the Comarts label and is available to purchase via CDBaby (www.cdbaby.com/cd/dannyellis2).