STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11779-10450 LABEL: Lantern Music LNTN1CD FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2004-11-10 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Liz Knowles
It must be almost as difficult to spell Uilleann pipes as it is to play them, but Troy Donockley is a virtuoso musician with a string of credits to match (Clannad, Maddy Prior, etc). He's probably best known for his work with Iona and it's no surprise to find most of Iona guesting on this album. (He also features on the fantastic Mostly Autumn CD 'Passengers'). This might not be an explicitly Christian CD but it is deeply spiritual and atmospheric, as you would expect anything from the Celtic stable to be. There are interesting instruments and juxtapositions, and it is beautifully composed and arranged, richly textured, symphonic music. If you like Iona (and I do) you'll almost certainly like this too, though it is quite different. It defies categorisation really, much like the work of Ketil Bjornstad, Terje Rypdal and a number of Norwegian (maybe) jazz composers/musicians. It is deeply original and creative and touches my soul.
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Troy Donockley has built up a formidable reputation as both a Composer/Arranger and Musician/Performer and as a leading virtuoso of the Uilleann Pipes. He has had his orchestral work performed in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and Glasgow Concert Hall with soloists as illustrious as Maire Brennan (Clannad) and Lesley Garrett.
His new album "The Pursuit of Illusion" continues to push the boundaries with a highly individual blend of the English Classical and Irish Folk traditions. Music from both albums has been used in Film/TV all over the world inc BBC1, BBC2, C4, Discovery and CNN.