Thousands sing Danny Boy in Guildhall Square

The crowd at Guildhall Square sing Danny Boy.
The crowd at Guildhall Square sing Danny Boy.

Thousands of people have joined in song in a record rendition of Danny Boy in Guildhall Square.

As part of Music City, a day long musical extravaganza in Derry, singers of all ages and abilities packed into Guildhall Square for the mass live recording this lunchtime.

The mass performance was led on stage by Donal Doherty and his internationally acclaimed Codetta Choir, accompanied by the award-winning St Patrick’s Pennyburn Primary School choir, the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year.

The performance was an unofficial world record attempt at the largest mass recording of the much loved song which was penned to accompany the Derry air.

Amid rapturous applause following the performance, Donal Doherty said the event was “another milestone in this magnificent City of Culture year”.

Peter Hutcheon, of the Culture Company, said the event was a “fantastic success”. “It was great to see so many thousands of people turn out for the event,” he said.

The massive outdoor performance was arranged to toast the 100th anniversary of the lyrics penned by English lawyer and lyricist Frederic Weatherly 1913 to fit the rhyme and meter of the ‘Derry Air’.

The tune of ‘The Londonderry Air’ is credited to Jane Ross of Limavady after she collected the melody from a musician she encountered in the mid-19th Century.

Danny Boy is one of the world’s most loved songs with hundreds of recorded versions by acts as diverse as Elvis Presley, The Pogues, and The Muppets, to name but a tiny few.