For the recording of 'Pipedreams' Davy and his band who include Anthony Drennan on electric and acoustic guitars, Tony Molly on bass guitar, James Delaney on piano, organ and synths, and Paul Moran on drums and percussion are joined by old friends from 'Moving Hearts' days Noel Eccles on percussion, Keith Donald on sax. As well as ex Stockton's Winger, Tommy Hayes on Bodhran and Andrew Boland on keyboards.
"For Celtic folk-rock of the smoothest order, it's
hard to beat uilleann piper Davey Spillane, whose latest excursion, 'Pipedreams'
takes him yet further into the realms of jazz, although there are still
remnants of tradition to be heard - 'Call across the Canyon', for instance,
with his fluid piping insinuating itself around elemental cross-currents
of percussion, didgeridoo and vocal whoops, suddenly reveals itself as
a slowed-up reel. Once again, he has surrounded himself himself with first-rate
rock and jazz musicians - some of them, like saxophonist Keith Donald
and percussionists Paul Moran and Noel Eccles, old hands from Spillane's
Moving Hearts days, and there are substantial shades of that band's sound
in tracks like 'Undertow' (another more traditional set). Other tunes,
like the North-Africian-flavoured 'Mistral', with its querulous sax and
keyboard carousel, or the swaying Indian grace of 'Rainmaker', sound all
geared up for the 'world music' market.
"Davy Spillane has a perfect pedigree. In a Crufts
for musical diversity he'd be the odds-on favourite. The Uilleann piper's
fourth solo LP is an aural fireworks display of solid playing and invention.
Producers Anthony Drennan & Spillane have harnessed this seething
energy to a sweetly melodic bandwagon, driven by Spillane's virtuoso playing.
The well-oiled sigh of numb melancholy on such tracks as 'Shorelines'
& 'Midnight Walker' slips into the shadows of eternal night on some
great melty slabs of pipe, guitar and keyboards. The whole CD possesses
a fiery emotional rush that just oozes class. For once, sumptuous is the
word. It's certainly worthy of greater public acclaim, but to achieve
the potential 'crossover' market, maximum radio exposure is essential."