Music of the Irish Celts
Music of the Irish Celts. Now here is a very interesting album of Traditional Irish music played on Ireland's national treasure of instruments, the Uilleann (Gaelic for 'elbow') pipes, and compiled over a 13 year period by respected Irish piper, Dicky Deegan. With it's duration of slightly over 1hr 18mins this album is certainly value for money. The music is wide and varied and includes both accompanied and solo Uilleann piping with each format utilising the full capability of this formidable instrument (including regulators). Traditional Irish Jigs, Hornpipes and Reels abound and are tastefully interspersed with haunting Slow Airs from the Gaelic singing Tradition. Amongst all this there are also several tracks of O'Carolan's music (Turloch O'Carolan 1670-1738 - blind harpist, composer and the last of the travelling bards of Ireland) and another (track 14) highlighting the percussive footwork of the River dance Maestro, Conor Hayes. If all this were not enough, there is also powerful and imaginative contemporary treatment of several traditional melodies eg track14, An Buinnean Bui (Lament for the Yellow Bittern) / The King of the Pipers combines the Uilleann pipes with the ancient didgeridoo-sounding Dord- Iseal (Gaelic word signifying 'low continuous sound' and pronounced dord-eesh). Dord-Iseal are pre-Celtic Irish Bronze-Age prehistoric Horns which have recently been found buried and preserved in the peat bogs of South West Ireland. Other instruments on 'Music of the Irish Celts' include: fiddle, flute, organ, Celtic harp, whistle, low whistle, bouzouki, bodhran and didgeridoo. Highly recommended. Dicky Deegan has been playing the Uilleann pipes for over 29 years. He has performed solo Uilleann pipes at the Sydney Opera House and was guest artist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for the exclusive Huntington Music Festival, Mudgee, New South Wales. Back in 1994, Dicky Deegan also played on TOP of the Sydney Opera House Sails for the Opera House's 21st 'coming of age' birthday celebrations. He has performed at most of the Australian Music Festivals as well as performing Festivals/Recitals throughout Europe, Ireland and the UK. Dicky has also played privately for film producer Guy Richie (Sherlock Holmes), Jude Law, Piers Morgan, Anya Hindmarsh and Stella McCartney (and friends!).