Welcome to the Website of Darragh McGann
A Little about Darragh.................
Darragh McGann hails from Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland and has been singing for many years both in Cobh and the East Cork area. In 1995, Darragh got his first real break when he was hired to be Stand-In and Double for the late Marlon Brando during the filming of the comedy movie “Divine Rapture”. While the movie itself was never completed due to financial difficulties, Darragh received great advice from “The Godfather” himself. While singing one evening on the set of the movie in Ballycotton, Co. Cork, Marlon Brando suggested to Darragh that he should consider recording some music and taking a chance.
Following the well intentioned advice from Mr. Brando, Darragh enrolled in Voice Coaching with the late Maeve Coughlan at the Cork School of Music where he received vocal training as a Lyrical Baritone. Since then, Darragh has also built up a reputation as been a "Singing Taxi Driver" and his success has brought him Television appearances on RTE's All Ireland Talent Show as well as "Seoige" where he was presented with the challenge of performing the Irish National Anthem at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin in 2009 before a crowd of 50,000 people.
Influenced by various great singers such as Russell Watson, John Denver, Ronan Tynan, and Josh Groban, Darragh puts together a performance that demonstrates his unique vocal range covering songs from Contempory, Irish and Classical Genres.
In 2009 he released his first solo album “A New Beginning” which is filled with Easy Listening Classics from songwriters such as Bob Dylan, John Denver and even some of his own creations.
In April 2011, he released his second album “Inside Out” which shows his classical range with songs such as “Nella Fantasia” and “The Impossible Dream” to classics from Neil Diamond and Andy Williams.
Whether it is performing to packed venues in Ireland and abroad to recording some of his favourite songs for your enjoyment, we hope you will enjoy the experience of Ireland's Newest Singing Sensation, Darragh McGann
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The things people are saying.........
“Darragh McGann, who’s made a name for himself as The Singing Taxi Driver, offers a collection of crossover classics on his first solo album, A New Beginning. The album occupies a point on the Celtic music spectrum near that of, say, Celtic Woman (minus Máiréad Nesbitt’s frenetic fiddle work) or The Irish Tenors—with an emphasis on strong vocals and dense musical accompaniment, though McGann does best when singing with spare adornment, as on “Sally Gardens.”
Possessing a rich baritone voice that can call to mind Roger Whittaker, McGann has chosen a wide range of material, from John Denver’s plaintive “For You” to Jimmy McCarthy’s wistful “The Contender”. His version of “Blowing in the Wind” owes as much to The Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling” as it does to Bob Dylan. Though covers dominate the album, McGann contributes two original songs, which he wrote. One of them—”Make a Wish”—was released as a single to benefit the charity GOAL.
Two songs that weren’t included on the album but which can be heard on his Web site ably showcase McGann’s talents: a powerful rendition of “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables and the obligatory “Danny Boy.” Songs such as those clearly hit his sweet spot. And while the tracks on A New Beginning occasionally take him outside his comfort zone, he consistently delivers easy listening pleasure!”.
Walt Campbell is an avid listener of Celtic music and an occasional performer. A former journalist and technical writer, he now writes mostly for fun and is much happier that way. Walt also writes reviews for Marc Gunn’s Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.
“Enthralling, Emotional and Amazing are just some of the many words used to describe the recent performance given by Irish Lyrical Baritone and Cobh Native, Darragh McGann at a sell out concert in the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.
It takes a very special person to not only perform with heart and soul, but also to connect with the audience, but the concert in the Sirius proved what a unique talent that Darragh is, as he had the entire audience singing along with favourites such as The Contender, And I Love You So and What a Wonderful World.
For many who attended this magical night, it was a journey that covered many different genres and eras of fine songs, some that were old favourites, and others that were performed for the very first time.” Cork News
As each familiar song washes over your senses you will find yourself swept away by the uniqueness of Darragh’s voice – East Cork Journal