THE PIPERS CALL
DVD - LIAM O'FLYNN
"Laoi na Pibe (The Irish language version of
The Piper's Call television documentary) looks at the life, work and music
of Liam O'Flynn, one of Ireland's outstanding musicians.
It is extraordinary how the pipes, when played as
beautifully as they are by Liam, captivate all who hear them. Musicians
from all sorts of traditions find they can fit the pipes easily into their
This hour-long programme portrait of Liam O'Flynn was
too short by half. I must say, that as we become swamped by more and more
incredibly bad television stations RTE and TG4 fly the flag when they
transmit programmes like this.
Paddy Murray - The Sunday Tribune
''The Piper's Call' video includes all the music from The Piper's Call album, being performed by a selection of Ireland's top musicians including Arty McGlynn (guitar), Steve Cooney (guitar), Rod McVey (keyboards) and Liam Bradley (percussion) who together provide a perfect setting for Liam's piping on tracks such as 'The Humours of Kiltyclogher', 'Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey ' and 'The Humours of Carrigaholt Set'. The video also includes a special bonus track, of Danish origin, "Poul Pejsen" which was not included on the The Piper's Call album.
Liam is also joined by guest musicians, Sean Keane whose virtuoso fiddle playing is included on a number of tracks and on ''The Gold Ring' his playing is particularly memorable. On 'The Drunken Landlady / McKenna' Reels' Liam and Sean are joined by another old friend Matt Molloy. For the 'An Droichead' (The Bridge), track Liam is joined by the incomparable Mark Knopfler on guitar which serves to make this track one of the highlights of the recording. Top Galician piper Carlos Núñez joins Liam for 'Muiñeira de Poio / Muiñeira de Ourense (Click Here to go to our Video Page to see video clip of this track),' while another track with Carlos 'Marcha de Breixo / Marcha de Lousame' is used as the theme music for the credits. The final ingredient on this superb album is the version of 'Bean Dubh a Ghleanna' with The Irish Chamber Orchestra arranged and conducted by Micheál O'Súilleabháin.
The video also has a 30 mins section of interviews with Liam, Liam O'Flynn Snr., Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Mark Knopfler and Carlos Núñez. During these interviews Liam also performs a number of additional solo piping pieces. You can now listen to some extracts from this interview section - Click Here
This 90 minute video provides a visual insight to a master piper and his trade.
The Video is available in both NTSC and PAL formats.