Danú brings an Irish Christmas Celebration to Ames


Courtesy of the Iowa State Center

Danú brings an Irish Christmas Celebration to Ames at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at CY Stephens Auditorium. 

Melissa Garrett

As one of today’s leading traditional Irish ensembles, Danú comes armed with fierce fiddling and heart-warming music with a high-energy and unmistakably Irish Christmas performance Tuesday, Dec. 16 at Stephens Auditorium. 

For almost 20 years, Danú has invited audiences to go on a musical journey to their native Ireland using traditional instruments such as the flute, button accordion, tin whistle, fiddle and a mixture of English and Irish vocals to entertain people all over the world.

Featuring artists from Ireland’s Waterford, Kerry, Dublin and Donegal counties, this award-winning ensemble hails from the historic County Waterford, Ireland, and has recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. As winners of numerous awards from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe and North America, stopping at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Symphony Space in New York City.

Playing a mixture of holiday and traditional tunes, Danú offers a truly authentic Irish musical experience during the Christmas season with their show, Danú — A Christmas Gathering, with two Irish dancers accompanying some numbers.

Prior to Danú’s performance, the Ames’ Barn Owl Band, known for playing at monthly barn dances for the Central Iowa Barn Dance Association, will play some of their music toe-tapping, foot-stomping entertainment at 7 p.m. in the Celebrity Café.

Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster and are also available for purchase at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets are $26 for ISU students, $26 for youth 18 and under, additionally ranging between $20, $30, $40 and $49.

For more information on Danú’s performance, visit the Iowa State Center’s Web page or Danú’s website.