Masters of Their Craft



  1. The Storm - Moving Hearts
  2. Ripples In The Rockpools - Rita Connolly
  3. Smeceno Horo - Planxty
  4. The Rossclogher Jigs - Stockton's Wing
  5. Dia Do Bheathasa - Shaun Davey
  6. An Droichead (The Bridge) feat Mark Knofler - Liam O'Flynn
  7. The Good Ship Kangaroo - Planxty
  8. Daire's Dream feat. Bela Fleck & Gerry Douglas - Davy Spillane
  9. An tUll - Clannad
  10. The Crack Was Ninety In The Isle Of Man - Christy Moore
  11. Muiñeira de Poio / Muiñeira de Ourense - Liam O'Flynn
  12. Amiens - Rita Connolly
  13. Mhórag's Na Horo Gheallaidh - Clannad
  14. Atlantic Bridge feat. Bela Fleck & Gerry Douglas - Davy Spillane
  15. Beautiful Affair - Stocktons Wing
  16. Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair - Christy Moore
  17. Jack Palance's Reel - Nollaig Casey & Arty McGlynn
  18. May We Never Have To Say Goodbye - Shaun Davey

Sleeve Notes

Born and raised in Dublin Rita is one of the finest female singers in Ireland today. Much of her early career was working and performing as a session singer and it was during this time that she met Shaun Davey who has since produced Rita’s two solo albums ‘Rita Connolly’ and ‘Valparaiso’ plus specifically written albums and songs for Rita, including ‘Granuaile’ and ‘The Pilgrim’. Rita has toured many countries and played such prestigious venues as The Royal Albert Hall, Chicago Symphony Centre and The Stade de France.
Christy, a native of Co. Kildare, started in the music business in the mid-sixties, when his life as a bank clerk was interrupted by a bank strike, and he moved to England where he became involved in the folk music scene at the time, and spent several years playing pubs and clubs around the country. His return to Ireland was marked by his ground-breaking album ‘Prosperous’, which proved to be a milestone in the evolvement of Irish music. In the years that followed Christy was found to be at the leading edge of the revival of Irish traditional and folk music with such groups as Planxty and Moving Hearts as well as an extremely successful solo career which continues to this day.
With four all-Ireland champions in their original line-up; Maurice Lennon-fiddle, Paul Roche-flute/whistle, Kieran Hanrahan-banjo and Tommy Hayes-bodhran, Stockton's Wing first came together in 1977 in Ennis, Co. Clare. Their music later evolved into an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music and song, performed with power and precision. They were equally adept at crafting stirring traditional tunes as they were with more sensitive vocal melodies. They transformed their regional West of Ireland roots into a vehicle for international success.
Clannad, who hail from Co. Donegal in the North West of Ireland, take their name from the Gaelic word for 'family'. In 1973 they released their first album simply titled "Clannad' which showed a band aware of the Irish music of the time. In 1982 they recorded the ‘Fuaim' album. In addition to being joined by sister Enya, the group introduced a more progressive sound with the use of synthesiser, electric guitar, clarinet, saxophone and percussion. The following year Enya left the group and the band set about recording their 'Magical Ring' album (which included 'Harry's Game'). This was to prove a major turning point in their career, shooting them to worldwide recognition.
Moving Hearts was formed in early 1981 and despite a number of high profile vocalists they were best loved for their instrumental music which was really Irish folk fusion. The traditional Irish sound of uilleann pipes and low whistle, mixed with the modern urban sound of synths, saxes, bouzoukis, guitars and percussion really internationalised their sound. What you get is a sound, moving sweetly and never frantically but often with great danceability, occasionally, almost breaking into jazz. But incontestably an Irish sound.
Planxty were perhaps the most influential band in the history of Irish traditional music. The core members of the band were Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Liam O'Flynn, and Andy Irvine who first came together to record on Christy Moore’s album ‘Prosperous’. The Planxty ‘After The Break’ recordings on this release also feature Matt Molloy. Planxty and the individual members continue to influence the Irish music of today.
Since the first of Shaun Davey's concert works, 'The Brendan Voyage' , which featured Uilleann Piper Liam O’Flynn and orchestra, Shaun is recognised as one of Ireland's leading composers of music that in many instances combine traditional instruments and singers with orchestra, as depicted on the track ‘Dia Do Bheathasa’ on this release. His other works as a composer include music for the BBC TV series Ballykissangel, The Royal Shakespeare Company and such feature films as ‘The Tail of Panama’ and ‘Waking Ned’.
Dublin born 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. In 1981 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 appeared 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 his subsequent solo career saw him record a string of successful solo albums. He is also the featured soloist, together with Andy Irvine, on the album ‘EastWind’ 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 featured Davy Spillane.
Liam was born in Kill Co. Kildare to musical parents. After his first encounter with the uilleann pipes, the greatest influences of his development were Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy, and Séamus Ennis. He became a founder member of Planxty, with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine and together they brought a punch and vitality to acoustic Irish music. After Planxty, Liam worked as a session musician with artists including The Everly Brothers, Enya, Kate Bush, Nigel Kennedy, Mark Knopfler as well as with avant-garde composer John Cage. However, his most natural alliance was with Irish Celtic/Classical composer Shaun Davey with whom he recorded several ground-breaking albums including ‘The Brendan Voyage’, ‘Granuaile’, ‘The Pilgrim’ and ‘The Relief of Derry Symphony’. Liam O'Flynn has made over fifty recordings. Among his most recent albums are ‘Out To An Other Side’, ‘The Given Note’, ‘The Piper's Call’ and, ‘The Poet and The Piper’ with Seamus Heaney. The track 'An Droichead' on this compilation was a request for Liam to compose a piece for the inauguration of Ireland's President, Mary McAleese.
Fiddle player Nollaig Casey hails from a strong traditional background in West Cork from where she graduated from University College Cork with a Bachelor of Music degree. Her musical career included five years with the RTE Symphony Orchestra plus many sessions as a freelance player. Arty McGlynn from Omagh, Co. Tyrone also comes from a strong traditional background, although his early influences were the great jazz masters. Much of his musical career consisted of touring with numerous bands, including that of Van Morrison. Arty later revived his interest in traditional Irish music and soon became one of the most sought after session musicians in Ireland. Nollaig and Arty first met in Dublin in 1979, after which their musical paths crossed at many recording sessions, television and radio studios, and on stage with Andy Irvine, Planxty, Makem & Clancy and Maura O'Connell. In 1995 they released the album Causeway which epitomises their unique blend of both traditional and modern styles of playing.