The Piper's Call

Liam O'Flynn


Since the release of his award winning album The Given Note, in late 1995 Liam O'Flynn has been in huge demand across Europe and America where he has been touring practically nonstop. Early in 1997 Liam started work on the follow-up to The Given Note and after nine months work he has, together with his long time musical companion Arty McGlynn, produced what he considers his finest recording to date 'The Piper's Call'.

For 'The Piper's Call' Liam has brought together some of Ireland's top musicians including Arty McGlynn (guitar), Steve Cooney (guitar), Rod McVey (keyboards) and Liam Bradley (percussion), who provide a perfect setting for Liam's piping on tracks such as 'The Humours of Kiltyclogher', 'Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey ' and 'The Humours of Carrigaholt Set ' amongst others.

Liam is also joined on this recording by good friends and virtuoso musicians, Sean Keane whose superb virtuoso fiddle playing can be heard on a number of tracks and on ''The Gold Ring' his playing is particularly memorable. On 'The Drunken Landlady / McKenna' Reels' Liam and Sean are joined by another good friend Matt Molloy. In 1997 Liam was asked to compose a piece of music for the inauguration of Ireland's President Mary McAleese 'An Droichead' (The Bridge), which is the theme of her presidency, for the recording of this track Liam is joined by the incomparable Mark Knopfler on guitar which serves to make this track one of the highlights of the album. Top Galician piper Carlos Núñez joins Liam for the two Galician tracks, 'Muiñeira de Poio / Muiñeira de Ourense,' and 'Marcha de Breixo / Marcha de Lousame'. The final ingredient on this superb album is the version of 'Bean Dubh a Ghleanna' with The Irish Chamber Orchestra arranged and conducted by Micheál O'Súilleabháin.

The Piper's Call bandFrom the beginning of this project Liam has collaborated with Philip King and Nuala O'Connor of Hummingbird Productions to capture Liam, his background and the making of this music, on film. The results have been so stunning that as well as being aired on TNaG and RTE, Tara Music Company has released a specially edited version on video.

"The mature O'Flynn piping style is a refined and stately thing, and this meditative fifth solo album (The Piper's Call) sees him out with Mark Knopfler and Galician piper, Carlos Núñez; great session men, Matt Molloy, Sean Keane, the pacepushing Steve Cooney and Arty McGlynn; with Micheál O'Súilleabháin and the Irish Chamber Orchestra thrown in on one track. As such, with little need of the chord-barps of the regulators, O'Flynn concentrates on his beautifully controlled chanter work. The best tunes kick up their heels a bit, like McKenna's Reels and The Humours of Carrigaholt, showing O'Flynn's authority on the pipes at its most gorgeously alert; wrestling with Núñez in the jig-like muineiras; or the madness of Keane's fiddle cutting across The Gold Ring. It has its own moods and humours, but like the pipes themselves, this album very much grows on you."