Liam O'Flynn
The Piper's Call (TARACD 3037)
North American Release
 
 
 

"The Piper's Call from Liam O'Flynn is one of this year's outstanding Celtic albums from a man regarded as Ireland's leading uilleann piper."

Ken Stewart, Billboard Magazine

February 1999 sees the North American release of 'The Piper's Call', the latest recording by Liam O'Flynn. For 'The Piper's Call' Liam has brought together some of Ireland's top musicians including Arty McGlynn (guitar), Steve Cooney (guitar), Rod McVey (keyboards) and Liam Bradley (percussion), who provide a perfect setting for Liam's piping on tracks such as 'Sliabh Na mBan'(The Women's Mountain), 'The Humours of Kiltyclogher', 'Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey' and 'The Humours of Carrigaholt Set' amongst others.

Liam is also joined on this recording by good friends and virtuoso musicians, Sean Keane whose superb fiddle playing can be heard on a number of tracks and on 'The Gold Ring' his playing is particularly memorable. On 'The Drunken Landlady / McKenna's Reels' Liam and Sean are joined by another old friend Matt Molloy. In 1997 Liam was asked to compose a piece of music for the inauguration of Ireland's President Mary McAleese 'An Droichead' (The Bridge), which is the theme of her presidency. For the recording of this track Liam is joined by the incomparable Mark Knopfler on guitar which serves to make this track one of the highlights of the album. Top Galician piper Carlos Núñez joins Liam for the two Galician tracks, 'Muiñeira de Poio/Muiñeira de Ourense', and 'Marcha de Breixo/Marcha de Lousame'. Liam also combines with The Irish Chamber Orchestra for a beautiful version of 'Bean Dubh a Ghleanna' (The Dark woman of the Glen), arranged and conducted by Micheál O'Súilleabháin.

The Piper's Call CD and cassette will be available from all major outlets in the US with special in-store programs in Tower Records, Borders, and Musicland.

From the beginning of this project Liam has collaborated with Emmy award winning director Philip King and Nuala O'Connor of Hummingbird Productions to capture Liam's background and the making of this music, on film. The results are so visually stunning that the resulting film is to be released on video. 'The Piper's Call' video includes all the music from The Piper's Call CD, as well as a special bonus track 'Poul Pejsen'. The video also has a 30mins section of interviews with Liam, Liam O'Flynn Snr., Seamus Heaney, Mark Knopfler, Carlos Núñez during which Liam also performs a number of solo piping pieces. This 90 min video provides a visual insight to a master piper and his trade.

During the month of March a specially edited version of this video will be aired on over 140 Public Television stations throughout the US

(please check with your local station for transmission details).

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