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Mystic Seacliffs Davy Spillane Band

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Uploaded on Oct 22, 2007

Taken from the Davy Spillane album 'Out of the Air' with Davy on Uilleann pipes and Anthony Drennan on guitar
Following the success of Davy's first solo album 'Atlantic Bridge', Davy put together a touring band which included some of Ireland's finest session musicians. Davy along with Anthony Drennan on Guitar, James Delaney on keyboards, Tony Molloy on bass, Paul Moran on drums and percussion started an intensive touring schedule to support the release of the Atlantic Bridge album.During their first UK tour they came to the attention of the BBC's Andy Kershaw, who brought Davy and Band into the BBC studios to record some tracks for his show on Radio 1. Although there was no live audience for this session the recordings were made in a 'live' context, which gave a completely new life and energy to Davy's works.As the months passed the creative side of the band developed towards a more 'rock' direction and with the successful blend of styles and musicians that featured on the 'Atlantic Bridge' it was suggested by producer PJ Curtis that Rory Gallagher should guest on some recordings with Davy's band. Suggestion became a reality and from the recording session that followed Davy's music continued to break new ground.Out Of The Air is the combination of the above sessions with the add bonus of a re-recorded version of the track 'Mystic Seacliffs' which was originally recorded by Bill Whelan, with Davy, as the theme music for the 1988 Eurovision song contest in Dublin
Davy Spillane was born in Dublin in 1959, were he completed his entire education in the Irish language, and while at school learnt the tin whistle and uilleann pipes. Although there is no tradition of playing Irish music in his family, Davy was constantly exposed to music and as a piper he was both influenced and inspired by masters of uilleann piping Seamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome and Johnny Doran. Davy also feels that his music was shaped by both the Keenan and Furey families and by his playing with musicians like Liam Weldon, Tommy Peoples and Johnny Keenan.At the age of eighteen he appeared in a BFT film called 'The Traveller' in which he played a lead role in a story about a travelling band of Gypsies. Shortly afterwards he teamed up with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and others to form one of Ireland's most influential groups Moving Hearts.Following the demise of Moving Hearts, Davy was much in demand as a session musician appearing on albums by, Kate Bush, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Enya, Steve Winwood and Chris Rea. Such was the unmistakable power of Davy's playing, that even dance sensation 'London Beat' wanted his unique sound on their recordings. Davy signed a multi album deal with Tara and went on to record four albums, 'Atlantic Bridge', 'Out Of The Air', 'Shadow Hunter' and 'Pipedreams'. He is also the featured soloist, together with Andy Irvine, on the album East Wind and a soloist on The Seville Suite composed by Bill Whelan. Both of these albums were produced by Bill Whelan and were influential forerunners to his hugely successful recording of Riverdance, which also features Davy Spillane.During his time with Tara, Davy assembled a core band of some of Ireland's finest musicians including Anthony Drennan on guitar, James Delaney on keyboards, Tony Molloy on bass and Paul Moran on drums and percussion. As well as playing on the recordings they were a formidable touring outfit, receiving massive acclaim from promoters, audiences and critics alike for their performances at concert halls and festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

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