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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

 

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April 2017

THE TRAIN

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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]

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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