Uilleann piper Todd Denman is joined by Gerry O'Beirne and other guests performing tunes dedicated to peace. Includes a live recording in concert and live in the San Francisco
Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Eamonn Flynn and Todd Denman in concert.
Todd Denman in concert.
"Todd Denman... is now recognized everywhere as a master
of the uilleann pipes and whistle. And it shows on this new CD of
his, 'A Celtic Peace,' a mix of traditional slow airs and tunes and
three compositions of his own. Todd's playing reflects the influences
of various Irish pipers and shows in his tight articulation and ornamentation;
he is a gifted musician, and in this his latest recording, fans and
newcomers will find much pleasure and enjoyment."
Irish Music Magazine, Dublin, Ireland
"Todd Denman... has earned praise worldwide for fiery
performances as a member of several duos. Indeed, his playing... has
earned him the ultimate in praise from some breathless reviewers...
His latest album, 'A Celtic Peace,' is a lower-key collection of Irish
tunes that finds Denman in a spiritual mood... Denman's original compositions
"Peace March" and "Prayer For Peace" are among the most impressive
tunes on the disc. Dance tunes like "King of the Pipers" and "The
Old Torn Petticoat" are played on the pipes with accompaniment on
guitar and occasionally organ and/or percussion. All the playing is
smooth and pretty... I like it a whole lot." Dirty Linen
"Highly regarded in Ireland, Denman's way with
Uilleann pipes and whistles is coming to be appreciated worldwide.
Since his piping debut in Dublin in 1983, his reach has extended across
Europe to seasons of educational programs for the San Francisco
Symphony and recordings in Nashville. Like
Magic and Reeds and Rosin earned high praise
from Celtic cognoscenti in both his native U.S. and in Ireland. The
purity, flash, and flair of his performance seem impelled by a willing
devotion to the capabilities of the instrument. Generous in acknowledging
his teachers, collaborators, and the ancient sources, he says that
when he puts the pipes on he feels "like another spirit inhabits
my soul...what comes out astonishes me...[as] it just plays itself
through me." Unexpected key modulations and glistening accompaniment
(Gerry O'Beirne's guitar is a stand-out) help fulfill Denman's musical
vision. Powerfully spiritual and technically versatile, it's a rare
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