East Wind

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All Music Guide - Richard Foss
The title and the vaguely Oriental-looking cover of this CD might make you think that you're looking at an album of Asian jazz fusion. Fear not -- the East in this case is a lot further West, in the Balkans. Though many Celtic musicians have been interested by the exotic rhythms of Bulgarian and Macedonian music, this CD is one of the only instances in which the fusion sounds both natural and exciting. Davy Spillane's Irish pipes sound marvelous on parts originally written for the more shrill Balkan bagpipes, and his playing here is inventive and expressive enough to silence anyone who thinks of the pipes as a limited instrument. The decision to invite Marta Sebestyen as a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard Foss
The title and the vaguely Oriental-looking cover of this CD might make you think that you're looking at an album of Asian jazz fusion. Fear not -- the East in this case is a lot further West, in the Balkans. Though many Celtic musicians have been interested by the exotic rhythms of Bulgarian and Macedonian music, this CD is one of the only instances in which the fusion sounds both natural and exciting. Davy Spillane's Irish pipes sound marvelous on parts originally written for the more shrill Balkan bagpipes, and his playing here is inventive and expressive enough to silence anyone who thinks of the pipes as a limited instrument. The decision to invite Marta Sebestyen as a guest vocalist was inspired; she is one of the great interpreters and innovators of Eastern European music, and she shines in this setting. The ensemble work throughout this album is stunning, making for dynamic performances of spirited and emotional material. Kudos to Andy Irvine for making these sessions happen, and to everyone concerned for making them sound so good. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/1996
  • Label: Tara Records
  • UPC: 658206302727
  • Catalog Number: 3027
  • Sales rank: 166,289

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chetvorno Horo - Davy Spillane (3:48)
  2. 2 The Bear's Rock - Davy Spillane (3:31)
  3. 3 Dance of Suleiman - Davy Spillane (5:30)
  4. 4 Illyrian Dawn - Davy Spillane (3:25)
  5. 5 Pride of Macedonia - Davy Spillane (3:17)
  6. 6 Antice - Davy Spillane (5:42)
  7. 7 Two Steps to the Bar - Davy Spillane (4:07)
  8. 8 Kadana - Davy Spillane (5:42)
  9. 9 Hard on the Heels - Davy Spillane (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Irvine Primary Artist, Bouzouki, Hurdy-Gurdy
Michael O'Suilleabhain Piano
Márta Sebestyén Vocals
Rita Connolly Background Vocals
Anton Drennan Guitar
Noel Eccles Percussion
Carl Geraghty Saxophone
Tony Molloy Bass
Paul Moran Percussion
Máirtín O'Connor Accordion
Nikola Parov Bouzouki, kaval, Gadulka, Gaita
Davy Spillane Human Whistle, uillean pipes, Low Whistle
Bill Whelan Piano, Keyboards
Anthony Drennan Guitar
Kenneth Edge Saxophone
John Sheahan Fiddle
Technical Credits
Andy Irvine Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tim Goulding Artwork
Bill Whelan Producer
Philip Begley Engineer
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