East Wind

East Wind

by Andy Irvine


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East Wind

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/1996
Label: Tara Records
UPC: 0658206302727
catalogNumber: 3027

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Irvine   Primary Artist,Bouzouki,Hurdy-Gurdy
Michael O'Suilleabhain   Piano
Muzsikas   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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