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ROOTS OF RIVERDANCE UD53106

CD Bill Whelan compiled ROOTS OF RIVERDANCE, a collection of 12 titles to provide an insight into his innovative approach to Irish music. This important album chronicles the musical history and myriad of cultural influences which inspired him to write the acclaimed "Riverdance."

ROOTS features the tracks "Caracena" and "The Coast Of Galicia" from Whelan's first major orchestral composition THE SEVILLE SUITE, along with two tracks from the soundtrack to the film "Some Mother's Son," also fully composed by Whelan. Also included are selections from the EASTWIND album, his collaboration with Davy Spillane into the world of Eastern European music, and new music recorded from his commissioned orchestral work "The Spirit Of Mayo."

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

1. Timedance
2. Cill LiaDain
3. The Countess Cathleen / Woman of the Sidhe
4. Illyrian Dawn
5. The Coast of Galicia
6. Bridge Attack
7. The Deserted Village
8. Caracena
9. Mystic Seacliffs
10. The Seabird
11. Chetvorno Horo
12. Riverdance

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"Thanks to his verve and spark, Whelan's interpretations never go stale" USA Today

"(Whelan's) original compositions are rooted in tradition through use of uniquely Irish instruments" Irish Echo

The Roots Of Riverdance - * * *
The Seville Suite - * * *
Detroit Press

"Bill Whelan has a fine new album chronicling the origins of that dance spectacular as well as his other music" - Denver Post

The Roots Of Riverdance - * * *
LA Times

"Whelan's melodic themes are strong and vibrant. Whelan has captured the spirit of Irish music tradition well here..." - St Petersburg Times

 

October 2021

RIVERDANCE AT EXPO [more]

August 2021

THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT. Saturday 14th August 2021. RTE ONE @ 9.55pm [more]

June 2021

The Gallant John Joe - Drama On One celebrates Tom Hickey [more]

May 2021

Bill & Brian Whelan talk to Sean Rocks on RTE Radio’s Arena about Riverdance: The Animated Adventure [more]

Riverdance: The Animated Adventure
Sky Original is coming exclusively to Sky Cinema and NOW on 28 May 2021[more]

March 2021

Cellisimo Festival March 25-31
Festival launched by Bill Whelan[more]

December 2020

TG4 and the Department of Culture have come together to offer solidarity and support to Irish artists through Samhlú.[more]

August 2020

RAVE ON, VAN MORRISON [more]

May 2020

Riverdance Together Apart [more]

RIVERDANCE UK 2021 [more]

February 2020

RIVERDANCE TURNS 25!....[more]

Sunday Times - Bill Whelan: Irish rebel’s story kick-started my Riverdance Score....[more]

December 2019

LIFT THE WINGS No1 in China!....[more]

BILL WHELAN’S RIVERDANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY MUSIC FROM THE SHOW....[more]

September 2018

Bill Whelan Presents: Featuring Emily Flack and Séamus Flaherty....[more]

August 2018

SUMMER TRAD with ZOE CONWAY and JOHN McINTYRE ....[more]

March 2018

BILL WHELAN LYRIC FM ORCHESTRAL ALBUM ....[more]

International Dublin Choral Festival – St Patrick’s Cathedral ....[more]

BILL WHELAN - RIVERDANCE: A SYMPHONIC SUITE, LINEN & LACE, INISHLACKEN ....[more]

January 2018

DOLORES O’RIORDAN - a message of tribute and condolence....[more]

November 2017

IN THE NAME OF PEACE:  JOHN HUME IN AMERICA

Belltable Theatre...[more]

July 2017

IN THE NAME OF PEACE:  JOHN HUME IN AMERICA

Premiere screening at 29th Galway Film Fleadh...[more]

April 2017

THE TRAIN

Rough Magic Theatre Co’s musical The Train premiered in Ireland in 2015 with successful seasons in Limerick and at Dublin Theatre Festival. This April it has returned to perform on the main stage of the Abbey Theatre and The MAC Belfast...[more]

May 2016

Ennio Morricone, Bill Whelan and Pedro Almodóvar Want Fair Play from YouTube...[more]

THE MUSIC OF  BILL WHELAN GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER OF RIVERDANCE TO BE PERFORMED AT  THE KENNEDY CENTER (DC) MAY 17 LINCOLN CENTER (NY) MAY 19 ASHLAND POPS (OR) JULY 4 ..[more]

FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL ..[more]

 

     
 
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