Danny Beirne: Sings Everything
Review by: William Cocke
As the carrot-topped, Bozo-mopped, wildman piano player for 80s
college favorites, The Skip Castro Band, Danny Beirne was like
a looking-glass Jerry Lee Lewis -- all knees, elbows, heels,
hands, and attitude. After a long and successful run on the east
coast with Skip Castro, Beirne left for Los Angeles for a few
years, occasionally playing with his old band, but otherwise
engaged in solo projects. Now Beirne has returned. With SINGS
EVERYTHING...+ 12 OTHER BIG HITS, he arrives a bit older and
mellower, but with chops still intact. Always a good songwriter
and expressive singer, this disc showcases those skills well,
with Beirne having written or co-written all 13 songs on the
disc. His pop sensibility and ability to soak up multiple musical
influences, lend this disc an eclectic air, covering everything
from jazz, country, and gospel, to Bacharach-style pop. "Party
Boy" and "Bad Things" are boogie-woogie rave-ups
in the old Skip style, but most of the disc has an L.A. session
sheen that serves Beirne well, especially on a jazzy electric
piano instrumental like "Shaktipat." The song "Everything"
is a power ballad that sounds warped right from 70s FM radio,
while "Picturing Changes" is a hooky ode to growing
up, giving up the party life, and settling down. While it's still
fun to hear Beirne belt out "Boogie at Midnight" for
the umpteenth time, it's also nice to know that he's stretching
out a little. Most of us have grown up a bit since those heady
Skip days and SINGS EVERYTHING...+ 12 OTHER BIG HITS shows that
Beirne has too. Well, mostly -- he still hasn't cut off that
crazy red hair.
Blues meet the brews
by Rebecca Beirne
was perfect weather Saturday, September 28, at the Charlottesville
Downtown Amphitheater for the Blues & Brews Festival. Local
blues band The Blueshakers and my own dear husband's The
Danny Beirne Band started things off, entertaining the crowd
with some hard-driving, rockin' blues. Headlining the event was
Sauce Boss, a band with a special twist. Singer/guitarist
Bill Wharton sings, plays electric guitar and, last but not least,
cooks a big pot of gumbo on stage that he feeds to the audience
at the end of the show. Quite a feat!
Charlottesvillians lazed on blankets or
in chairs, taking it all in, sippin' on microbrews, eatin' barbeque.
The sun was hot, but not too hot, and a welcome breeze carried
the promise that fall is on its way. The festival is put on annually
by local radio station 3WV and a host of other sponsors.
Go to The Hook
July 8, 2002
In Richmond this weekend,
I saw a musician named Danny Beirne at a surprise birthday party
thrown by my childhood friend Rufus (father from Virgina/ mother
from Chile), for Holly (his wife and mother of Cole, my godson).
Danny plays the electric keyboard, has about a thousand tunes
in his head, can turn from the comic to the tragic on a dime
(but for the nickel). He was out in the backyard in the dead
of the night, ostensibly playing for a few lost souls, but really
for himself, carefully placing the little lamp on his piano two
feet away and shining directly on his face, so he could sweat
and radiate in the tried and true tradition of the beatific performer
in the spotlight with his total sixties' freak wiry long rasta
red hair (with a bozo bald spot in the middle) flowing back and
forth like the leaf-laden branches of a tree in a summer thunderstorm.
Just as it seemed like
he was winding down, he'd get a totally antic, manic expression,
look me straight in the eye, and belt out another tune. Could
have played all night long if he was anywhere but American suburbia
surrounded by a motley crew of exhausted forty somethings --
could still be playing for all I know. Actually, there is no
doubt he is, right now, for sure. Who would dare stop him? (Answer:
his own singer/ photographer wife in Charlottesville who wanted
him home at a reasonable hour.)
(Chuck) Berry's set got
a big boost when (another pianist) was replaced by Danny Beirne,
the talented keyboard man. Beirne tossed off some scorching riffs
on the piano, impressing both the crowd and, obviously, Berry.
And then there's the matter
of this keyboard player, Danny Beirne. Sorry Folks, if you don't
catch this guy quick, you're going to have to see him in your
local mental institution. This guy is 100% dyed-in-the-wool crazy,
playing licks like nobody I've ever seen. I thought I'd seen
a lot. Forget it. This guy leaves most anybody in the dust.
Jerry Lee Lewis would cry
to see such a new young talent around. I'm sure everyone thought
the likes of him would never be recreated, certainly not recreated
better. I LOVED IT!
The Rock Line
Keyboardist Danny Beirne
is cornering more of the limelight. A psyched-up bundle of energy,
Beirne, his red afro styled hair flying, would often be up off
his stool, encouraging audiences to sing and dance along.
He can't be white! Playing
Blues and rock'n'roll like that, he's got to be black!
Danny Beirne performed
at one of President Reaganís nine inaugural balls. President
& Mrs. Reagan joined Danny on stage to dance to his rendition
of "Tennessee Waltz". Later, George Bush and Mohammed
Ali joined him on stage for a rendition of "Waltz Across
Danny Beirne tosses his
massive mop of red hair with abandon as he pumps out the hefty
piano chords that help make his solo act sound like a much larger
Beirne's music covers a
wide range of genres.... and if anyone can do it, it's Beirne.
The Winchester Star
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His set's loose format
allowed for several piano breaks. He is a hard working performer
who seems destined to make it and determined to have a good time
on the way.
He's a soul man... OK,
why ain't this guy on the radio? He has every trick in
the rock and roll book and a few extras. WOW! All I can
say is I love this CD!
Use your credit card and order
Danny's CDs online at www.cdbaby.com/dannybeirne
The best keyboard player
I've ever heard! 'Party Boy' and 'Bad Things' were expected,
but I had no idea Danny could write amazing ballads like '2000
Days' or 'Dreams with You.' I'm truly blown away!