Davy Spillane is one of Ireland's finest uilleann pipers and his 1998 release THE SEA OF DREAMS casts this instrument in a new light. In truth, most people either love the pipes or find them shrill and blaring. However, this album brings out the lyrical beauty and dynamic range of this cousin to the bagpipe."River of Gems" opens THE SEA OF DREAMS with a haunting, legato melody that recalls the ancient mysticism of the Celts; it also brings to mind the splendor of Dublin's River Liffey. "Midnight Walker" continues the journey as Spillane soars high above a rich string orchestra. Then there is the sentimental pop hit "My Heart Will Go On," from the movie TITANIC. On this selection, Spillane pitch-bends expertly into the beginnings of each phrase. Accompanied by a subtle electronic backbeat and a low-pitched tin whistle, Spillane's version of this single is arguably more poignant that Celine Dion's. Nonetheless, the highlights of this album are Spillane's duets with Sinead O'Connor.
On "Danny Boy" the duo is particularly moving, given O'Connor's longing vocal performance and Spillane's sensitive accompaniment.
|River of Gems / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane||4:03|
|Big Sea Ballad / Greg Boland / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane||6:58|
|The Dreaming of the Bones / Greg Boland / Sinéad O'Connor / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane feat: Sinéad O'Connor||6:15|
|Daire's Dream / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane||5:10|
|Inagh / Greg Boland / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane||5:31|
|Midnight Walker / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane||4:38|
|Danny Boy "The Derry Air" / Greg Boland / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane feat: Sinéad O'Connor||6:15|
|The Dreaming of the Bones / Greg Boland / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane||6:16|
|Equinox / Anthony Drennan / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane||5:11|
|Sea of Dreams / Davy Spillane||Davy Spillane||4:29|
|The May Morning Dew / Davy Spillane / Traditional||Davy Spillane||4:37|
|My Heart Will Go On / James Horner / Will Jennings||Davy Spillane||4:27|