Join us on Copperplate Time on Sunday 8-10pm gmt for the web launch of Cillian Vallely’s brilliant new CD, The Raven’s Rock. Cillian is a member of one of Ireland’s foremost musical families, who for many years has plied his trade as piper/whistle player with that wonderful Irish trad outfit, Lunasa.
Cillian was last heard on disc on Bruce Springsteen’s 2014 album, High Hopes, returns to his native music to produce his first solo CD, The Raven’s Rock. He is joined by several of Ireland’s top musicians, to create a classic album on Irish music and uilleann piping.
We will feature several tracks from the album and Cillian’s other recordings. Cillian’s recordings can be bought from www.copperplatemailorder.com
Cillian Vallely is the uilleann pipes and low whistle player with the renowned Irish band Lunasa, described as “The hottest Celtic band on the planet” (Irish Voice). In recent years, he has played and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Tim O’Brien, and Riverdance in addition to recording as a guest on over 50 albums. With Lunasa, he has performed at The Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury Festival, Womad Aledaide, Edmonton Folk Festival in addition to multiple tours of Asia, Australia, US and Europe.
“Vallely, whose family has played a seminal role in piping and Irish music in the north of Ireland for years, shows why he is one of the most respected pipers playing today” Irish Voice
“[Vallely’s] piping is assured, crisp, and altogether impressive.”
– Irish Echo
“…Vallely is one of the most respected pipers playing today and in great demand…”
– Irish Voice
“[Vallely is] one the great names in a new generation on the uilleann pipes.”
“The hottest acoustic band in the world.”
– New York Times
“Lúnasa’s musicianship is awesome…I’d sell my soul to be able to play like that”
– Mojo (UK)
Cillian Vallely playing The Lark in the Morning
Lunasa playing Tommy Cunnliffe’s
Cillian Vallely: The Raven’s Rock
Niall Vallely: Concertina – Caoimhin Vallely: Piano
Sean O’g Graham: Guitar – Ryan McGiver: Guitar
Paul Meehan: Guitar – Jeremy Kittel: Fiddle
Brian Morrissey: Bodhran
Lunasa piper who was last heard on disc on Bruce Springsteen’s 2014 album, High Hopes, returns to his native music to produce his first solo CD, The Raven’s Rock. He is joined by several of Ireland’s top musicians, to create a classic album on Irish music and uilleann piping.
Cillian Vallely, piper of the trad supergroup Lúnasa, has released The Raven’s Rock, his solo debut. Featuring a number of all-star players, including his brothers Niall Vallely & Caoimhin Vallely (Buille), Sean Óg Graham (Beoga, Uláid), Paul Meehan (Lúnasa, At First Light), Ryan McGiver, Jeremy Kittel (Jeremy Kittel Trio), and others, the album offers a ten track mixture of traditional tunes and some of Cillian’s original compositions played with a contemporary flair. Vallely’s music is widely admired and critically acclaimed. His mastery of chanter, drones and regulators gives him a distinctive voice and a reputation as one of Irish music’s top uilleann pipers, things that are very much apparent on The Raven’s Rock.