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Album of the Month

After The Break - Planxty

EastWind CD ArtworkThe EastWind album by Andy Irvine and Davy Spillane offers something different to lovers of Folk Music. At the times of its release the mix of Eastern European music (Bulgarian-Macedonian-Balkan) with Irish and Celtic music was revolutionary. It was Andy Irvine who after visiting these countries and absorbing their music returned to Ireland and integrated what he had learned with his work with Planxty.
Later while Planxty were on a break Andy got together with uilleann piper Davy Spillane and producer / arranger Bill Whelan to work on the EastWind project. The multi-instrumentalist Nikola Parov contributed to the Bulgarian element together with Marta Sebestyen giving her wonderful vocal talent to the project.
The influence of this recording was profound and it was no coincidence that the influences of this music were to reappear in Bill Whelan's world renowned Riverdance. Both the original Riverdance recording and show featured the EastWind musicians Davy Spillane, Nikola Parov and Máirtín O’Connor. More Info

LIAM O'FLYNN'S The Piper's Call - Now available on DVD

Brendan Voyage BoxsetWhen Liam O'Flynn recorded his album The Piper's Call he got together with Emmy winning directors Philip King and Nuala O'Connor to capture, on film, not only the music from The Piper's Call but also an insight into Liam and his musical background.
The results are so visually stunning that Tara Music has released a specially extended version of this television documentary on DVD.
The Piper's Call DVD includes all the music from The Piper's Call album, being performed by a selection of Ireland's top musicians who provide a perfect setting for Liam's piping. In addition Liam is joined by Special Guests Sean Keane - Fiddle & Matt Molloy - flute (of The Chieftains), Mark Knopfler - guitar Galician piper Carlos Núñez and The Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Micheál O'Súilleabháin. More Info