Davy Spillane (b 1959)

Irish uilleann pipes player. Plays in a wide variety of styles, including rock, jazzy ballads, East European and traditional Irish.

(Davy has also recorded with Moving Hearts, Afro Celt Sound System, Paul Winter, Baaba Maal, Buddy Greene and Savourna Stevenson)
(Davy's only traditional album is "Forgotten Days")
(He founded the record label Burrenstone to release jazz-flavoured music)
(He has written a training book "Davy Spillane's Uillean Pipe Tutor")


Atlantic Bridge1986 Tara/ Cooking VinylCOOK009 
Shadow hunter1990TaraTARACD3023
Pipe Dreams 1991TaraTARACD3026
The Sea Of Dreams1999 Covert1676 
The Deep Blue Sea2004 ??

Albums - Davy Spillane Band.

Out Of The Air (*)1988 Tara2017

(*) Live album featuring many tracks from  "Atlantic Bridge".

Collaboration - Andy Irvine and Davy Spillane.

Title.year.Label. number
East Wind1994 Tara  3027

Collaboration - Paul Brady, Sinead O'Connor, Kate Bush, Christy Moore, Davy Spillane et al.

Common Ground - Celtic Voice 1996EMI 

Collaboration - Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin.

Title.year.Label. number
Forgotten Days2000  Burrenstone Music 001

Collaborations - various artists.

The Seville Suite (*)1992  
Riverdance (*)1995 
Roots of Riverdance1997 
Riverdance on Broadway2000 

(*) Bill Whelan.

Soundtrack Albums.

Wuthering Heights1992  
Rob Roy(*)1995 Virgin 
Michael Collins (**)1996 Warner 
The Disappearance of Finbar 1999Reef 

(*) Main themes by Carter Burwell. Karen Matheson (vocals), Angus Grant (fiddle), Davy Spillane (uilleann pipes, low whistle), Maire Breatnach (fiddle), Tommy Hayes (bodhran), Ronan Brown (penny whistle).
(**) Main themes by Eliot Goldenthal.

Best albums(*).

Title. year.
Forgotten Days2000

(*) Based on critical opinion.


The Piper's Rock (*)1978  

(*) Various Irish uilleann pipe players.

Anthology - Clannad, Frances Black, The Chieftains, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn, Davy Spillane, Begley & Cooney, Ronnie Drew et al.

Title. year. Label. number.
L'Imaginaire Irlandais (*) 1996 Keltia Musique KMCD63 

(* one track only - "Lucy's Tune/ Indiana Drones" from "Shadow Hunter".)

Anthology - Various artists including Davy Spillane

Title. year. Label. no
Brining It All Back Home - The Influence of Irish Music 2000  


Title. year. Label. Number
Indiana Drones/ Watching the Clock 1990Cooking Vinyl  FRY016


Title year. Label.
Best of Riverdance (*) 2006  

(* includes Davy Spillane and Eileen Ivers.)

DVD - Collaboration: Aly Bain, Jay Ungar, Iris Dement, Mary Black, Karen Matheson, Anna McGarrigle, Donal Lunny, Dick Gaughan, John Martyn, Emmylou Harris, Davy Spillane, Rod Patterson, etc etc.

The Original Transtatlantic Sessions (recorded c 1999)2009 

Davy Spillane as producer

Maire Brennan: "Misty Eyed Adventures" (*) 1994BMG/ RCA7432 123355 2

(*) one track only: "A Place Among The Stones".

Website: http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608004119/Davy-Spillane.html

Last updated on 08/02/2011