Posts Tagged ‘davy spillane’

Found this beautiful piece of harp music online

July 11, 2018

I don’t know who this harpist is or the name of the piece he is playing, but it is beautiful! Other examples of beautiful music across genres I love are listed here:

Listen to Canadian harpist Kristan Toczko perform Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Just beautiful!

Nadja Dornik performs her beautiful transcription of Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu Op.66 for a harp

Bill Evans’s Peace Piece is musical onomatopoeia

Bobby Hutcherson plays Bouquet with Ron Carter and Herbie Hancock at One Night with Blue Note

The hauntingly beautiful music of Davy Spillane played on uilleann pipes and low whistle

The hauntingly beautiful voice of Eva Cassidy

The hauntingly beautiful music of Davy Spillane played on uilleann pipes and low whistle

March 21, 2016

When it comes to Celtic music, my favorite musician is Davy Spillane on uilleann pipes and low whistle. His music is hauntingly beautiful! It goes straight to the heart. Here are some of my favorites, and related covers.

Most of us in Fairfield know about this unique Irish instrument from Tim Britton who performs at various concerts in town. But hearing Midnight Walker really captured my attention! It’s how I discovered Davy Spillane.

I also found this amazing Tribute to Davy Spillane by Christelle Berthon playing Midnight Walker on both harmonica and recorder.

A beautiful lament played by Davy Spillane is Bill Whelan’s Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (The Cry Of Cú Chulainn), part of the Riverdance performance.

I heard Davy play May Morning Dew on a wind instrument. Intrigued, I wanted to know more about it and discovered the low whistle. You can see him play this nostalgic tune at the start of this video clip from a live concert by Moving Hearts, a band Davy had been a part of decades ago. The lucky crowd waited 20 years for this 2007 reunion concert! Astounding performance! It sounds a register higher than the recording, making it more haunting. A video was made of that historic concert called Moving Hearts Live In Dublin. It’s also on Spotify. The audio of May Morning Dew (6:05) from the record is posted on YouTube.

A shorter version (4:24) with video taped by someone in the audience is posted as Moving Hearts feat. Davy Spillane. The quiet intro was not recorded and the long audience applause at the end was cut short. The sound quality is obviously not as good as the professional recording, but it gives you an idea of what it looked and sounded like live from a lucky fan who recorded and shared it along with a few other tunes from that memorable concert. Be prepared to turn down the volume as it’s loud. 

Other artists’ versions

May Morning Dew is an old traditional song, which reminisces about the past. You can hear it sung by the great Irish singer Dolores Keane.

Here’s a newer version beautifully sung by Siobhan Miller with her amazing band taken from the forthcoming album All Is Not Forgotten.

She later posted this live version performed in Glasgow August 2020. The 9-song CD, All Is Not Forgotten, is now available on YouTube.

Added over 6½ years later: Karen Matheson sings ‘Crucán na bPáiste’ with a Gaelic band. Brendan Graham tells how the song chose him as a conduit. Truly beautiful and sad.


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