As if the musicianship, songcraft, and dedication to perfect production of Danny Burns’ debut North Country were not enough, Danny Burns has continued building on his rich sound and cross-genre folk fusion with his latest single, “Many Moons Ago,” a song dedicated to 2020 as The First Nations and Irish Year of Solidarity.
“Many Moons Ago” is Americana songcraft at its greatest. Burns has presented a thorough experience to the listener here, with all the depth and wonder of North Country.
The lyrics of “Many Moons Ago” are almost as heavy as the subject matter. Through the lens of a single father during the Great Famine, Burns’ song shares the struggle of centuries of agrarian Irish culture; a struggle that would ring familiar to the First Nations of the US as they themselves were experiencing similar disenfranchisement.
At no point does the listener drift into despair, though; the resolve in Burns’ voice coupled with Jarosz’ melismatic additions and an unparalleled instrumental arrangement blankets the listener in a beauty that hints a hopefulness and power that reveals itself in the lyrics of the final verse.
“A war cry came from across the waves….”
“Many Moons Ago” is the finest of storytelling, undertaken with the attention to detail and pure artistry that has earned Burns’ sterling reputation with Americana Royalty.