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New traditionalists

Danu, a seven-piece band hailing from counties Waterford, Dublin, Kerry and Donegal in Ireland, has gained a solid reputation for itself by performing traditional music from its homeland with a decidedly modern thrust. But whereas many contemporary bands claiming to play Celtic-based music are more intent on fusing that sound with a modern rock or popular music edge, Danu makes plain its reverence for the old-school sounds and makes no attempt to create some sort of Celtic fusion.

Instead, the band is seeking to deepen the tradition of Irish music by allowing it to breathe, to morph organically, rather than in some arbitrary fashion designed to gain the group quick record sales.

As a result, Danu -- Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on vocals, flute and tin whistle; Tom Doorley on flutes, whistles and vocals; Benny McCarthy on melodeon; Oisin McAuley on fiddle and vocals; Donnchadh Gough on bodhran; Eamon Doorley on bouzouki; and Donal Clancy on guitar -- has garnered itself numerous international awards and continues to earn accolades from its homeland to the States and back.

Danu arrives for a show inside the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, on the Buffalo State College campus, 1300 Elmwood Ave., next Friday. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Rockwell Hall box office, by calling 878-3005 or by visiting www.buffalostate.edu/pac. Admission is $28, $25 for seniors.

-- Jeff Miers

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