DAVY SPILLANE BIOGRAPHY
Davy Spillane was born in Dublin in 1959, were he completed his entire education in the Irish language, and while at school learnt the tin whistle and uilleann pipes. Although there is no tradition of playing Irish music in his family, Davy was constantly exposed to music and as a piper he was both influenced and inspired by masters of uilleann piping Seamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome and Johnny Doran. Davy also feels that his music was shaped by both the Keenan and Furey families and by his playing with musicians like Liam Weldon, Tommy Peoples and Johnny Keenan.
At the age of eighteen he appeared in a BFT film called 'The Traveller' in which he played a lead role in a story about a travelling band of Gypsies. Shortly afterwards he teamed up with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and others to form one of Ireland's most influential groups Moving Hearts.
During his time with Tara, Davy assembled a core band of some of Ireland's finest musicians including Anthony Drennan on guitar, James Delaney on keyboards, Tony Molloy on bass and Paul Moran on drums and percussion. As well as playing on the recordings they were a formidable touring outfit, receiving massive acclaim from promoters, audiences and critics alike for their performances at concert halls and festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
FESTIVAL OPENS IN IRISH STYLE
Alastair Clark reviews the 1989 Edinburgh International Folk Festival for The Scotsman
"The Shamrock ruled OK on the opening night of
the Edinburgh International Folk Festival which just happened to be St.
Patrick's Night a splendid excuse for the festival director, Archie Fisher,
to put one of his favourite Irish groups, the Davy Spillane Band, on stage
at the Queen's Hall.
In recent years Davy has set up his own studio in the West of Ireland where he has been busy, working on film soundtracks including Peter Kosminsky's 1992 production of 'Wuthering Heights', the Oscar nominated 'Rob Roy' and Neil Jordan's epic film 'Michael Collins', as well as producing, writing and making uilleann pipes.
After a number of years as a Sony recording artist Davy has recently released a new album with fiddle player Kevin Glackin 'Forgotten Days' on his own label.