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Journey: The Best of Dónal Lunny
     

Journey: The Best of Dónal Lunny

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by Dónal Lunny
 
Dónal Lunny needs at least a two-CD set to collate his musical high points over the last few decades; a box set might even be more apt. But you take what you get, and for the most part it's a magnificent collection, even if placing things in chronological order would have been easier. As it is, you slip back and forth through the decades with probably the most

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Dónal Lunny needs at least a two-CD set to collate his musical high points over the last few decades; a box set might even be more apt. But you take what you get, and for the most part it's a magnificent collection, even if placing things in chronological order would have been easier. As it is, you slip back and forth through the decades with probably the most important person in modern Irish music. From the Bothy Band and Planxty, the two seminal Irish bands of the '70s (and, curiously, Planxty is represented by "Smeceno Horo," rather than anything Irish). However, that comes right after "Tribute to Peader O'Raida," a Moving Hearts piece that was far too long when first issued, and is still. There's possibly too much focus here on Lunny's work in the '90s, with an emphasis on the Sult and Coolfin bands, and his work as an accompanist, with "Shan Van Vocht," and several other tracks -- more of his sparkling bouzouki and guitar work would have been welcome. And it's all worthwhile for his arrangement of "The Blacksmith," with the gorgeous voice of Eddi Reader out front. Toward the end, you get the short pieces that comprise "Millennium Suite," Lunny's pan-Celtic composition that was presented worldwide by the BBC on December 31, 1999, a fitting end to a celebration of the man.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661703421
catalogNumber:
617034

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dónal Lunny   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bouzouki,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Bodhran
Kevin Burke   Fiddle
Frank Harte   Vocals
Andy Irvine   Bouzouki,Mandolin,Mandola
Matt Molloy   Flute
Christy Moore   Guitar,Vocals,Bodhran
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Clavinet
Paddy Keenan   uillean pipes
Sharon Shannon   Accordion
Eddi Reader   Track Performer
Máire Breatnach   Fiddle
Andrew Boland   Recorder
Greg Boland   Guitar
Noel Bridgeman   Percussion
Ronan Browne   uillean pipes
Richie Buckley   Saxophone
Nollaig Casey   Fiddle,Viola
Steve Cooney   Bass,Didjeridu
Pat Crowley   Keyboards
Roy Dodds   Percussion
Keith Donald   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Anto Drennan   Electric Guitar
Noel Eccles   Percussion
Graham Henderson   Keyboards
Matt Kelleghan   Drums
Manus Lunny   Bouzouki
Tim Martin   Recorder
Brian Masterson   Recorder
Declan Masterson   uillean pipes
Arty McGlynn   Guitar
Mel Mercier   Bodhran
Tony Molloy   Bass
Paul Moran   Percussion
Liam O'Flynn   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Bodhran
Damian Quinn   Bodhran
Davy Spillane   uillean pipes,Low Whistle
Bill Whelan   Percussion,Keyboards
John McSherry   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Ray Fean   Drums
Lloyd Byrne   Percussion
Ciaran Byrne   Recorder
Sean Smyth   Fiddle
Steve White   Percussion
Fionn Ó Lochlainn   Bass
Coolfin   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Producer,Sleeve Notes
Joel Bernstein   Biographical Notes
Eoghan O'Neill   Basic Track
Oisin Lunny   Programming,beats

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Journey: The Best of Dónal Lunny 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this accidentally while waiting for my son to choose something...I was so very pleasantly surprised....If you really want to feel the Celtic roots, this album is a definite need for your collection!!