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Happy 100th Birthday, 'Danny Boy'

James Maycock, MOJO, November 2013

'Danny Boy', the song of loss and exile that became one of humanity's great anthems, is explored in a BBC Four television documentary, Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched The World, and celebrates a century since the song's birth in 1913. Here's the film's director (and MOJO writer) James Maycock with an exclusive preview, reflecting on the timeless magic of a song most closely associated with the world's Irish communities, but in fact written by an Englishman — Frederic Weatherly — and as Maycock argues, part of the entire planet's cultural dowry….

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