Genres: Jazz New Age
Tags: celtic new age folk irish female vocalists Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Nightnoise earned critical acclaim during the late 80s and early 90s for their seamless blend of traditional Celtic music, jazz and chamber music. The band was inaugurated in Portland, Oregon, USA, by former Bothy Band and Relativity member Micheál Ó Domhnaill (7 October 1952, Dublin, Eire, d. 8 July 2006, Dublin, Eire) and Billy Oskay (b. Kingston, New York, USA). Ó Domhnaill spent 12 years playing guitar in the Bothy Band then four as a duo playing with Kevin Burke. Nightnoise presented him with an opportunity to escape traditional Irish jigs and reels. Though like Burke new partner Oskay was also a fiddler, his style was entirely different - rooted in the classical tradition. The ‘free-flowing pieces’ they came up with during improvisations encouraged them to believe there was potential in forming a long-term partnership, with Ó Domhnaill playing piano and harmonium in addition to guitar. Two pieces they recorded at...

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