Reviews of The Lookout
The Sunday Times: "a cast of impeccable musicians bathe the Dubliner's neo-soul songs in crisp and uncluttered R&B, pop and funk."
"With ‘The Lookout’, Danny G & the Major 7ths have a produced an album that is a groove-laden joy to behold, a record that delivers perfectly polished positive vibes."
"The Lookout is all about style. A sharp and sophisticated sophomore album from Danny G & The Major 7ths, The Lookout makes an impression that begs repeat playthroughs. From its tailored production, rich musical interplay and slick songwriting this is a record that is genuine in its stylistic design."
"Danny G & the Major 7ths’ ‘The Lookout’ is a smooth dose of retro soul, drizzled in R&B hues and lush pop tones. Exuding velvety vocals bathed in silken musicianship, each song is a wonderful easy listening experience to indulge in"
"Danny G & The Major 7ths traz de volta o groove e a boa onda que caracterizam o seu projecto, talvez de uma forma mais densa e, claramente, mais sensual."
"Soul, Funk, Pop, Jazz – eine wohltuend aufgemischte, stets positive, Mixtur, höchst unterhaltsam durch großzügig verteilte Ideen, die das Gesamt-Programm zu einem der Standard-Alben in dieser Saison werden lassen könnte"
Danny G is one of the founding fathers of Irish neo-soul. Debut Love Joints (2014) introduced a smooth, throwback album of personal songs & warm harmonies. With the help of producer Ken McCabe (Wolfhound Sound) the sound has evolved to become deeper, richer, more mature - evoking the classic neo-soul artists of the 2000s. The Major 7ths are a team of top funk and jazz players, including past or present members of Hozier, Niall Horan, Loah, Fehdah, Mary Coughlan, Zaska, Sive, Ensemble Eriu, Paj, Selk, and LaGracia. Album number 2 is called The Lookout and was released in January 2021.
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.
He and the Major 7ths have performed at both Body & Soul and Electric Picnic festivals to enthusiastic and receptive audiences. Dublin venues performed at include the Grand Social, The Bello Bar, Whelans & The Sugar Club. He has supported Grammy winning artist PJ Morton, Gospel legend Mavis Staples, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Dap-Tones alumni Saun & Starr, soul throwbacks JP Bimeni & the Black Belts to name a few.
The band is a core group of Dennis Cassidy (drums), Johnny Taylor (keys) and Graham Heaney (bass). It expands to include Rebecca Sinnamon, Grainne McCarthy & Keith Fennell on vocals.
Debut LP 'Love Joints' was released in late 2014 on Hipdrop Records to positive acclaim. Single ‘Sweet Lies’ has 450k plays on Spotify to date. Single 'Believing' feat. Grainne McCarthy is out now has 300k streams on Spotify 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. ‘Time the Healer’ feat. Fehdah & Zaska came out late 2019. D.A.R.L.I.N.G. feat. Tolü Makay x Jamel Franklin was released in July 2020.
2021 brought the release of second album 'The Lookout', featuring several standout guest singers and musicians.