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RIVERDANCE: MUSIC FROM THE BROADWAY SHOW

CD The soundtrack to the Broadway run of Riverdance The Show, all the music and lyrics were written by the award-winning Bill Whelan. Highlights include Whelan's six new songs, "Endless Journey," featuring the soaring vocals of Irish singer/songwriting star Brian Kennedy and Tony-nominated singer Tsidii la Loka, "At The Edge Of The World," "I Will Set You Free," "Amanzi," "Let Freedom Ring" and "Ri-Ra."

TRACK LIST Listen Click track names to listen to 30 sec MP3

1. Reel Around The Sun
2. The Heart's Cry
3. The Countess Cathleen/Woman Of The Sidhe
4. Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament)
5. Shivna
6. Firedance
7. At The Edge Of The World
8. Slip Into The Spring
9. Riverdance
10. American Wake (The Nova Scotia Set)
11. Lift The Wings
12. Amanzi
13. I Will Set You Free
14. Let Freedom Ring
15. Macedonian Morning
16. Marta's Dance/The Russian Dervish
17. Rí-Rá
18. Endless Journey

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A RIVERDANCE!" - Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

"The core of 'Riverdance' is its huge, whirling, thunderous, hard shoe numbers driven by Bill Whelan's surging reinventions of Irish dance music". - Fintan O'Toole, Daily News

"A GREAT BIG BROADWAY SHOW, WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!" - Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News

LYRICS

THE HEART'S CRY
Where the river foams and surges to the sea
Silver figures rise to find me
Wise and as daring
Following the heart's cry
I am that deep pool
I am that dark spring

Warm with a mystery
I may reveal to you
In time
(Time holds the heart's key)
Key to everything is Love
(Love makes the heart flower)
Flowers into a deep desire
(Passion in the heart's fire)
Passion and desire

See the eagle rise above the open plain
Golden in the morning air
Weaving and soaring
Watchful and protecting
I am your shelter
I will enfold you

SHIVNA
A Bhennáin, a bhúiredáin, a bhéicedáin bhinn
Is bhinn linn in cúicherán do ní tú 'sin ghlinn
A Bhennáin, a bhúiredáin, a bhéicedáin bhinn
Is bhinn linn in cúicherán do ní tú 'sin ghlinn

A dhraighnéin, a dhelgnacháin, (dil, dol, doh, roh day)
A mhinéin na chonaire (dil, dol, doh, ray)
A dhriséoc, a dhruimnechóc (dil, dol, doh, roh day)
A chaillech, a chuirrechennach in raga for ech?

A Bhennáin, a bhúiredáin, a bhéicedáin bhinn
Is bhinn linn in cúicherán do ní tú 'sin ghlinn

Is me Suibhne sirthechán; lúath reithim thar gleann
Nochan é m'ainm dligthechán; mó is ainm dam Fer Benn

AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
As we stand at the edge of the world
Our hearts will journey
For the Light at the edge of the world
Forever calls
And though our travels may be lost and wandering
From the dawn at the edge of the world
One voice calls to you

Fire may burn and the sky may thunder
Heroes crumble and the sun will fall
As the river circles on its endless journey
I will follow you.

Fire may burn and the sky may thunder
Heroes crumble and the sun will fall
As the river circles on its endless journey
I will follow you.

As we stand at the edge of the world
There's a voice from the dawn of the world
As the rivers encircle the world
I will follow you.

RIVERDANCE
Hear my cry
In my hungering search for you
Taste my breath on the wind
See the sky
As it mirrors my colours
Hints and whispers begin

I am living to nourish you, cherish you
I am pulsing the blood in your veins
Feel the magic and power of surrender to life
(Uisce Beatha)

Every finger is touching and searching
Until your secrets come out
In the dance, as it endlessly circles
I linger close to your mouth

LIFT THE WINGS
How can the small flowers grow
If the wild winds blow
And the cold snow is all around

Where will the frail birds fly
If their homes on high
Have been torn down to the ground

Lift the Wings
That carry me away from here and
Fill the sail
That breaks the line to home
But when I'm miles and miles apart from you
I'm beside you when I think of you - a Stóirín a Grá

How can a tree stand tall
If a rain won't fall
To wash its branches down

How can the heart survive
Can it stay alive
If its love's denied for long
Lift the Wings
That carry me away from here and
Fill the sail
That breaks the line to home
But when I'm miles and miles apart from you
I'm beside you when I think of you - a Stóirín
And I'm with you when I dream of you - a Stóirín
And a song will bring you near to me - a Stóirín a Grá

AMANZI BAWO! KUDALA SI GCEL 'INKULULEKO
(Lord! We ask for peace)
Si nje nge Limpopo
(We are like the Limpopo)

LIZO QALA NIN 'ITHEMBA LETHU?
(When will our hope begin)
Limpopo umfula wetu
(Limpopo our river)

BAWO! SIPHI ISITHEMBISO ?
(Lord! Where is the promise)
Re tshwana le Limpopo
(We are like the Limpopo)

ZIZO FIKA NINI ZONKE ?
(When will they all come)
Limpopo molapo wa rona
(Limpopo our beloved river)

AMANZI A YA PHEZULU EZIBHAKABHAKENI
(Water rises to the sky)
NJALO NATHI SI KHISHWA E MAKHAYENI
(In the same way we are taken from our homelands)

SI WELA NJENG 'IMVULA E MHLABENI
(Like rain, we fall on strange land)
SI HLAKAZWA E MOYENI
(We are scattered with the wind)

I WILL SET YOU FREE
In the dawn rain
In the noon fire
In the moon glow
Everywhere a story

In the parting glance
In the aching touch
In the tearful wave
Everywhere a tale

Give me one hand to reach for a vision
Give me one voice
I will make it sing
Give me one heart
I'll cradle it close
And with one dream
I will set you free
Yes with one dream
I will set you free.

On the dark roads
Of this strange land
Every eye stares
Every mouth is open

From the homeless days
To the heartless nights
When the hunger bites
Every door is closed

Give me one hand to reach for a vision
Give me one voice
I will make it sing
Give me one heart
I'll cradle it close
And with one dream
I will set you free

Give me one hand to reach for a vision
Give me one voice
I will make it sing
Give me one heart
I'll cradle it close
And with one dream
I will set you free
With my heart and soul
I will take you home.

LET FREEDOM RING
Let freedom ring
Let freedom ring
From every mountaintop, those words of glory
From every heart and soul those voices sing
"Mama Africa, let Freedom ring"

Eye of wisdom
Hand of power
Gentle leader with a rebel heart
Lift your children
Heal their hunger
Bring back together what was torn apart

Let freedom ring
Let freedom ring
From every mountaintop, those words of glory
From every heart and soul those voices sing
"Mama Africa, let Freedom ring"

Throughout the homeland
There is a restlessness
There is a shiver and a wind of change
All around there are
Spirits rising
Reach for the moment. We can seize that day.

Let freedom ring
Let freedom ring
From every mountaintop, those words of glory
From every heart and soul those voices sing
"Mama Africa, let Freedom ring"

ENDLESS JOURNEY
Amazon the Liffey and the shimmer and the ripple
The Volga and the Fergus the Tagus and the Nile
Uisce in the Shannon and the Chico Colorado
Waikato Rio Grande the ripple in the tide

The gully and a gushing and an ebbing and a flowing
Irrawaddy Pilcomayo Mississippi and the Lee
Trickly-oozing in the Lagan Orinoco and Zambezi
Ubangi and the Congo the Mackenzie to the Sea

A pooling and a pouring and a flooding and a flushing
From the Purus to Parana from the Tigris to the Thames
Guadiana Guadalquiver Brahmaputra Colorado
And the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee and the Seine

Surging and a-showering and a-spouting and a-spilling
In the Albany the Oder the Ural and the Ooze
Dordogne and the Danube and Dnieper and the Dodder
Paraguay and Tokachi and Shinano Vera Cruz

Amazon the Liffey and the shimmer and the ripple
the Volga and the Fergus the Tagus and the Nile

The Heart will find a Home the Ship will find a Harbour
A haven for the soul until the storms subside
But when the warmer wind blows
And when that golden light glows
We face into the dawn and float out on the tide

Fire may burn and the sky may thunder
Heroes crumble and the sun may fall
As the river circles on its endless journey
I will follow you.

Amazon the Liffey and the shimmer and the ripple
the Volga and the Fergus the Tagus and the Nile
Uisce in the Shannon and the Chico Colorado
Waikato Rio Grande the ripple in the tide

A pooling and a pouring and a flooding and a flushing
From the Purus to Parana from the Tigris to the Thames
Guadiana Guadalquiver Brahmaputra Colorado
And the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee and the Seine

Amazon the Liffey and the shimmer and the ripple
the Volga and the Fergus the Tagus and the Nile

We sail into the sun, our hope is the horizon
And just as we've begun, it seems that we've arrived
An everlasting journey -
A hungering and yearning
Around the river runs and rushes through our lives.

Fire may burn and the sky may thunder
Heroes crumble and the sun may fall
As the river circles on its endless journey
I will follow you.

 

May 2016

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FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL ..[more]

APRIL 2016

Orchestra Symphonic de Bretagne - Danses De L’ile Emeraude ..[more]

NBC New York - "Ireland Rising" Concert ..[more]

IRISH ARTS CENTER PRESENTS IRELAND RISING:
WORDS AND MUSIC FOR A NEW CENTURY, APRIL 22 ..[more]

A NATION'S VOICE - RTE..[more]

MARCH 2016

ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION 2016..[more]

KEY NEW APPOINTMENTS MADE TO LIMETREE & BELLTABLE THEATRES IN LIMERICK..[more]

OCTOBER 2015

Dublin Theatre Festival - The Train, review..[more]

JULY 2015

THE TRAIN Music by Bill Whelan and Lyrics by Arthur Riordan..[more]

JUNE 2015

RIVERDANCE RETURNS TO DUBLIN
20 years after it premiered in Dublin in February 1995..[more]

RIVERDANCE TRINITY COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
Riverdance has joined with Trinity College to launch a 6 day summer school..[more]

3rd DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
Saturday 25th July - Sunday 2nd August..[more]

SEPTEMBER 2014

CLIFDEN ARTS FESTIVAL 2014
Opening address by Bill Whelan..[more]

AUGUST 2014

BBC Proms 2014 ..[more]

JULY 2014

US PREMIERE FOR NEW BILL WHELAN WORK..[more]

Review - Classical: James Galway, NCH, Dublin..[more]

JUNE 2014

BILL WHELAN HOT PRESS INTERVIEW..[more]

MAY 2014

Bill Whelan’s stroll down memory lane for Nationwide..[more]

Ulster Orchestra perform Riverdance at the Royal Albert Hall..[more]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Sir James Galway to perform US premiere of Linen and Lace,..[more]

RTÉ lyric fm and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra present...[more]

MARCH 2014

FRENCH CONNECTIONS....[more]

FEBRUARY 2014

THE HANDPRINT COLLECTION....[more]

JANUARY 2014

EXTRA DATE ADDED TO "RIVERDANCE" SOLD OUT RUN....[more]

NOVEMBER 2013

RIVERDANCE - LIMERICK CITY OF CULTURE 16th-19th January 2014....[more]

OCTOBER 2013

Irish Composer Bill Whelan in the MCC's Agora Series: 'Navigating A Music Career - No Map, No Route, No Destination' ....[more]

SEPTEMBER 2013

Kaleidoscope Camino - CLIFDEN ARTS WEEK ....[more]

AUGUST 2013

Kaleidoscope Camino - A night of music devised by violinist Cliodhna Ryan and cellist Kate Ellis....[more]

Mike Murphy interviews Bill Whelan....[more]

APRIL 2013

Top Irish Songwriters / Composers Paul Brady / Phil Coulter / Pete St. John / Ray Harman / Shay Healy / Jimmy MacCarthy To Be Inducted into the IMRO Academy....[more]

MARCH 2013

BILL WHELAN Berklee College Concert - April 11th 2013....[more]

FEBRUARY 2013

"PUBLISH AND PERISH!"....[more]

January 2013

Bill Whelan - Publish and Perish, Music and creativity at the gateway to Babylon....[more]

DIGITAL BISCUIT - Friday 25th January....[more]

Cox to head up Limerick City of Culture in 2014....[more]

     
 
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