Danny G & The Major 7ths is Irish neo-soul. No, not 'The Commitments'. This is smooth, laid-back groove music with a positive message. Think harmonies and head-nodding. Imagine if D'Angelo was born in Limerick, grew up in Dublin listening to CSNY and had a Dutch songwriter father. The band is an all-star lineup ranging from 5 to 8 musicians including past or present members of Hozier, Loah, Fehdah, Mary Coughlan, Zaska, Ensemble Eriu, Paj, Selk and LaGracia. Phew!
Debut LP 'Love Joints' was released in late 2014 on Hipdrop Records to positive acclaim. Single 'Sweet Lies' has 420k plays on Spotify to date. Latest single 'Believing' feat. Grainne McCarthy is out now (200k Spotify streams to date). 'Say When' feat. French R'nB singer Osmojam was released in late 2018 - both tracks were added to RTE’s recommended playlist and received considerable national airplay. New EP ‘Live @ D-Light Studios’ is out now (featuring new track ‘When it All Runs Out’). ‘Time the Healer’ feat. Fehdah & Zaska out now!
A veteran of the Dublin scene, Danny has played in all major Dublin venues as Danny G & the Major 7ths and/or as part of funk band Mob Fandango, Afro-trad fusion group Tig Linn, MixTapes from the Underground, funk collective Sheathe Your Swords, Discovery Gospel Choir and The Gospel Project. He grew up playing Irish traditional music (flute) in CCE Cluain Tarbh and sang with St. Bartholomews' boys choir. During this period he was also influenced by 60's pop music and the songs of his father, folk/pop artist Sjaak Groenland, and later Motown and modern soul. This eclectic mix of styles was integral in teaching the spontaneity and improvisation of live performance, the blend required for vocal harmony.
In 2015 he and the Major 7ths performed at both Body & Soul and Electric Picnic festivals to enthusiastic and receptive audiences. Recent Dublin venues performed at include the Grand Social, The Bello Bar, The Bernard Shaw & The Sugar Club.
The band is a core group of Dennis Cassidy (drums), Johnny Taylor (keys), Graham Heaney (bass) and Paddy Groenland (guitar). It expands to include Rebecca Sinnamon, Grainne McCarthy & Keith Fennell on vocals. They have been recording their second album over the past few years. The album will be called ‘The Lookout’ and features several guest features.
Danny has also done several sell-out tributes to Marvin Gaye using the name Danny G & the Sexual Healers, featuring several of the Major 7ths plus Alan Elliot (bass), Tim Groenland (vocals) & Sam Comerford (Sax, flute). Danny has also featured several times as one of four main vocalists performing the entirety of D'Angelo's Voodoo album, and in the Prince tribute 'Housequake'
2019 will continue the release of selected singles from forthcoming second album 'The Lookout', featuring several standout guest singers and musicians.