LIAM O'FLYNN &
THE PIPERS CALL BAND
Each concert by Liam O'Flynn and The Piper's Call Band is a unique event. The core members of The Piper's Call Band are Arty McGlynn on guitar and Liam Bradley on percussion, whose immense talents provide the perfect setting for Liam's piping. The band are regularly joined by friends and guests who each bring a special magic to the show. Because of the calibre of musicians, endless rehearsals that can erode the spontaneity of a concert are a very rare event with Liam and the band, thus ensuring each concert is a special event for the musicians and audience alike.
Arty McGlynn has been performing with Liam for many years. He comes from a family steeped in traditional music. He is one of the most sought after musicians and producers in Ireland working with most of the country's top artists. Arty's picking of tunes is hugely impressive, the impact he has made to the use of guitar in traditional Irish music, is beyond question.
Liam Bradley, Who also hails from the north of Ireland has now established himself in the elite of percussion players not only in Ireland, but on a wider international scene. Over the last ten years he has worked with top Irish artists such as Frances Black, Dolores Keane, Brian Kennedy, Maura O'Connell, Kieran Goss, Mary Black and Eleanor McEvoy. In addition to which he has also recorded and toured with household names such as Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor and The Chieftains.
Derryborn Frank Gallagher has worked with many artists since leaving university with a master's degree in music.For the past eight years he has played violin,viola,whistles and keyboards with Mary Black.In addition to recording and touring extensively with Mary he has worked with Sinead O'Connor,Ronan Keating,Midge Ure,Bonnie Tyler, Ralph McTell and Nightnoise.As a producer and arranger Frank has worked with Charlotte Church,James Galway,Phil Coulter and the Celtic Tenors, and he has also composed and orchestrated for TV and film.
The Piper's Call Band ReviewsThrough an expertly controlled selection of jigs, reels and slow airs O'Flynn built up an emotive, expressive mood of music that is both of its time and timeless. Cynics might argue (and occasionally I might agree) that between the jigs and the reels all traditional music sounds the same. Experience a Liam O'Flynn concert and you will have to think otherwise.
Tony Clayton-Lea - Irish Times
The Liam O'Flynn band played with a classical symmetry
and precision indicative of the early formality of Irish dance music.
Liam himself is of the inscrutable school of Irish pipers - impassive
as music of pure soul flows from his fingers.
A huge roar of applause greeted the very sight of Liam
O'Flynn and his band at the Whitla Hall on Friday and the mood continued
throughout a mighty concert.
Without compromising his strong traditional lineage,
Liam O'Flynn has in his three solo albums and session projects successfully
managed to take the uilleann pipe's sound into other contexts, like rock,
European folk music and movie sountracks.
Uilleann pipes maestro Liam O'Flynn and his friends took
the Whitla Hall by storm last night. This was a vintage performance which
captivated the appreciative Friday night audience, The Co. Kildare piper
led an all-star quintet through a one-and-a-half-hour traditional music
session of the highest quality. And what a band it was - ace guitarists
Artie McGlynn and Steve Cooney, keyboards player Rod McVey and percussionist
Tommy Hayes. The other three did a sound job, but it was O'Flynn and McGlynn
- 'the rhyming couplet', as I like to call them - who stole the show.
They were the main men as we were taken through a delightful set of Irish,
Scottish and Galician dance tunes and airs. I have been listening to both
of them now for upwards of 30 years, and I still marvel at their sensitivity
and feel of their music. McGlynn was in majestic form, matching O'Flynn
note for note in even the most demanding of fast Irish reels. And the
piper was at his virtuosic best too, notably on tunes like The Bridge,
which he composed (at her request) for Mary McAleese's inauguration. All
in all, a superb night's entertainment.