Brian Boru

Brian Boru

by Alan Stivell

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Overview

Alan Stivell's latest album is a journey into traditional Celtic music, adapted and arranged in settings ranging from soft folk-rock ("Ye Banks and Braes") to full electric band ("Brian Boru"), accompanied by a group that includes Maire Breatnach (vocals, fiddle), Ronan Browne (pipes, flute, whistle), Tracey Booth (vocals), Marc Chantereau (percussion), Guy Delacroix (bass), Jean-Jacques Hertz, Martin Meissonnier, and James Dollar (electric guitars). The effect is spellbinding, as polyrhythms intersect and interweave, electric guitars, harps, and pipes complement each other (most strikingly on the high-energy "Sword Dance"), and Stivell's vocals -- sounding like they come from a far and distant place -- carry the listener into new levels of musical creation and invention. Some of the music, such as "Let the Plinn," lacks much more than chanting and a vigorous percussion attack, but most of this album is filled with melodies that seduce and beguile the modern listener with amazing ease. Highlights include the dazzling title track, "Mna Na hEireann," and "Mairi's Wedding," the latter one of the most passionate rock-style songs Stivell has ever cut.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/1996
Label: Dreyfus
UPC: 0764911620824
catalogNumber: 36208

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Stivell   Primary Artist,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals,celtic harp,Bombard,Electric Harp,Scottish Pipes
Máire Breatnach   Fiddle,Vocals
Ronan Browne   Flute,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Marc Chantereau   Percussion,Snare Drums
Guy Delacroix   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jean-Jarques Hertz   Electric Guitar
Martin Meissonnier   Electric Guitar
Mel Mercier   Bodhran
Gerry O'Beirne   Guitar,Ukulele
François Ovide   Acoustic Guitar
Mokhtar Samba   Drums
Niall O'Callanain   Bouzouki
Sandy Mackay   Vocals
Frank Torpey   Bodhran
Xavier Desandre Navarre   Percussion,Tambourine
Doreen MacKay   Vocals
Tracey Booth   Vocals
Mary Mclean   Vocals
Jimmy Higgins   Bongos,Bodhran
James Dollar   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Alan Stivell   Arranger
Marc Chantereau   Contributor
Alain Cluzeau   Engineer
Sean Devitt   Engineer
Herve Le Coz   Engineer
Martin Meissonnier   Producer,Sound Design
Robin Rankin   Engineer
Jean-Paul Theodule   Artwork
Reine Bensaid   Engineer
Allan Craig   Director
James Cooper   Director

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