||The Storm - Moving Hearts
||Ripples In The Rockpools - Rita Connolly
||Smeceno Horo - Planxty
||The Rossclogher Jigs - Stockton's Wing
||Dia Do Bheathasa - Shaun Davey
||An Droichead (The Bridge) feat Mark Knofler
- Liam O'Flynn
||The Good Ship Kangaroo - Planxty
||Daire's Dream feat. Bela Fleck & Gerry
Douglas - Davy Spillane
||An tUll - Clannad
||The Crack Was Ninety In The Isle Of Man - Christy
||Muiñeira de Poio / Muiñeira de Ourense - Liam
||Amiens - Rita Connolly
||Mhórag's Na Horo Gheallaidh - Clannad
||Atlantic Bridge feat. Bela Fleck &
Gerry Douglas - Davy Spillane
||Beautiful Affair - Stocktons Wing
||Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair - Christy
||Jack Palance's Reel - Nollaig Casey &
||May We Never Have To Say Goodbye - Shaun
Of Their Craft
Born and raised in Dublin Rita is one of the finest female singers in
Ireland today. Much of her early career was working and performing as
a session singer and it was during this time that she met Shaun Davey
who has since produced Rita’s two solo albums ‘Rita Connolly’
and ‘Valparaiso’ plus specifically written albums and songs
for Rita, including ‘Granuaile’ and ‘The Pilgrim’.
Rita has toured many countries and played such prestigious venues as
The Royal Albert Hall, Chicago Symphony Centre and The Stade de France.
Christy, a native of Co. Kildare, started in the music business in
the mid-sixties, when his life as a bank clerk was interrupted by
a bank strike, and he moved to England where he became involved in
the folk music scene at the time, and spent several years playing
pubs and clubs around the country. His return to Ireland was marked
by his ground-breaking album ‘Prosperous’, which proved
to be a milestone in the evolvement of Irish music. In the years that
followed Christy was found to be at the leading edge of the revival
of Irish traditional and folk music with such groups as Planxty and
Moving Hearts as well as an extremely successful solo career which
continues to this day.
With four all-Ireland champions in their original line-up; Maurice
Lennon-fiddle, Paul Roche-flute/whistle, Kieran Hanrahan-banjo and
Tommy Hayes-bodhran, Stockton's Wing first came together in 1977 in
Ennis, Co. Clare. Their music later evolved into an exciting blend
of traditional and contemporary Irish music and song, performed with
power and precision. They were equally adept at crafting stirring
traditional tunes as they were with more sensitive vocal melodies.
They transformed their regional West of Ireland roots into a vehicle
for international success.
Clannad, who hail from Co. Donegal in the North West of Ireland, take
their name from the Gaelic word for 'family'. In 1973 they released
their first album simply titled "Clannad' which showed a band
aware of the Irish music of the time. In 1982 they recorded the ‘Fuaim'
album. In addition to being joined by sister Enya, the group introduced
a more progressive sound with the use of synthesiser, electric guitar,
clarinet, saxophone and percussion. The following year Enya left the
group and the band set about recording their 'Magical Ring' album
(which included 'Harry's Game'). This was to prove a major turning
point in their career, shooting them to worldwide recognition.
Moving Hearts was formed in early 1981 and despite a number of high
profile vocalists they were best loved for their instrumental music
which was really Irish folk fusion. The traditional Irish sound of
uilleann pipes and low whistle, mixed with the modern urban sound
of synths, saxes, bouzoukis, guitars and percussion really internationalised
their sound. What you get is a sound, moving sweetly and never frantically
but often with great danceability, occasionally, almost breaking into
jazz. But incontestably an Irish sound.
Planxty were perhaps the most influential band in the history of Irish
The core members of the band were Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Liam
O'Flynn, and Andy Irvine who first came together to record on Christy
Moore’s album ‘Prosperous’. The Planxty ‘After
The Break’ recordings on this release also feature Matt Molloy.
Planxty and the individual members continue to influence the Irish
music of today.
Since the first of Shaun Davey's concert works, 'The Brendan Voyage'
, which featured Uilleann Piper Liam O’Flynn and orchestra,
Shaun is recognised as one of Ireland's leading composers of music
that in many instances combine traditional instruments and singers
with orchestra, as depicted on the track ‘Dia Do Bheathasa’
on this release. His other works as a composer include music for the
BBC TV series Ballykissangel, The Royal Shakespeare Company and such
feature films as ‘The Tail of Panama’ and ‘Waking
Dublin born 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. In 1981 he teamed up with Christy
Moore, Donal Lunny and others to form one of Ireland's most influential
groups Moving Hearts. Following the demise of Moving Hearts, Davy
appeared on albums by, Kate Bush, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Enya,
Steve Winwood and Chris Rea. Such was the unmistakable power of Davy's
playing, that his subsequent solo career saw him record a string of
successful solo albums. He is also the featured soloist, together
with Andy Irvine, on the album ‘EastWind’ and a soloist
on ‘The Seville Suite’ composed by Bill Whelan. Both of
these albums were produced by Bill Whelan and were influential forerunners
to his hugely successful recording of Riverdance which also featured
Liam was born in Kill Co. Kildare to musical parents. After his first
encounter with the uilleann pipes, the greatest influences of his
development were Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy, and Séamus Ennis.
He became a founder member of Planxty, with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny
and Andy Irvine and together they brought a punch and vitality to
acoustic Irish music. After Planxty, Liam worked as a session musician
with artists including The Everly Brothers, Enya, Kate Bush, Nigel
Kennedy, Mark Knopfler as well as with avant-garde composer John Cage.
However, his most natural alliance was with Irish Celtic/Classical
composer Shaun Davey with whom he recorded several ground-breaking
albums including ‘The Brendan Voyage’, ‘Granuaile’,
‘The Pilgrim’ and ‘The Relief of Derry Symphony’.
Liam O'Flynn has made over fifty recordings. Among his most recent
albums are ‘Out To An Other Side’, ‘The Given Note’,
‘The Piper's Call’ and, ‘The Poet and The Piper’
with Seamus Heaney.
The track 'An Droichead' on this compilation was a request for Liam
to compose a piece for the inauguration of Ireland's President, Mary
NOLLAIG CASEY & ARTY McGLYNN
Fiddle player Nollaig Casey hails from a strong traditional background
in West Cork from where she graduated from University College Cork
with a Bachelor of Music degree. Her musical career included five
years with the RTE Symphony Orchestra plus many sessions as a freelance
Arty McGlynn from Omagh, Co. Tyrone also comes from a strong traditional
background, although his early influences were the great jazz masters.
Much of his musical career consisted of touring with numerous bands,
including that of Van Morrison. Arty later revived his interest in
traditional Irish music and soon became one of the most sought after
session musicians in Ireland. Nollaig and Arty first met in Dublin
in 1979, after which their musical paths crossed at many recording
sessions, television and radio studios, and on stage with Andy Irvine,
Planxty, Makem & Clancy and Maura O'Connell. In 1995 they released
the album Causeway which epitomises their unique blend of both traditional
and modern styles of playing.