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Troy Donockley - Messages (CD)

Genre: Rock
Release Date: 5th March 2012

Label: Lantern
Catalogue Number: LNTNCD4
Price: $14.29
Available: In Stock

Troy Donockley - Messages
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Troy Donockley is a multi-instrumentalist who has become known (among other things) for his virtuoso playing on the Uilleann Pipes and Low Whistle. He is now a world leader in his field and one of the best known and most sought-after musicians around.

His solo album Messages is a mixture of different styles, with influences ranging from Pink Floyd to Gustav Mahler, Johnny Cash to Vangelis, from Planxty to Yes, through to Vaughn and Neil Young. The styles explored encompass romantic classical music, Irish folk and even ambient symphonic rock - everything flowing in an elegiac epic fusion with a deep melancholy feel pervading throughout. Mostly instrumental, there are some vocal tracks on Messages, poetry even, which are very impressive and emotionally intense.

Messages is created for lovers of elegiac aestheticism; 63:33 minutes and ten songs whose lyrical gentleness always remains strong. However, the album should not be seen as esoteric kitsch, but rather an impressive and timeless collection of stylistic pieces.
Volkmar Mantei


The name of Troy Donockley will be familiar to fans of progressive rock and Celtic music. Troy has been a fixture on both scenes for many years not least in his capacity as a session musician where he has worked within many artists such as Mostly Autumn and Barbara Dickson, but also as a member of the long-standing Celtic progressive rock band Iona.

Whilst Iona took a break Troy worked on solo albums and also albums with fellow Iona bandmate Dave Bainbridge. More recently Troy has been performing with The Bad Shepherds alongside Ade Edmondson and is about to work again with Finnish Rock band Nightwish. 

Troy has recorded three solo albums: The Unseen Stream, The Pursuit of Illusion and the more recent Madness of Crowds. All three were critically well received on their release. With a more recent higher profile, Troy has compiled an album entitled Messages featuring tracks from his three solo albums and two new and previously unreleased tracks (For Him Who Will Never Return and Dunmail Rising). The album features performances from some of the best musicians Troy has worked with over the years, many of which will be familiar to a great many people, including Nick Beggs, Rosie Biss, Terl Bryant, Nollaig Casey, Julie Darling, Barbara Dickson, Neil Drinkwater, Andy Duncan, The Emperor String Quartet, Heather Findlay, Tim Harries, Joanne Hogg, Nick Holland, Peter Knight, Brad Lang, Chris Redgate, Duncan Rayson, Olivia Sparnenn, Frank Van Essen, York Cantores Choir.

1. Sights
2. For Him Who Will Never Return
3. Now, Voyager
4. Fragment
5. Orkahaugr
6. Finlandia
7. Dunmail Rising
8. Pursuit of Illusion
9. Tunnels
10. The Procession


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