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A seamless blend of Celtic music, jazz, and classical chamber music has given Nightnoise their distinct sound. Nightnoise was initially conceived as a duo formed by Irish guitarist Mícháel Ó Domhnaill, formerly of Skara Brae and the Bothy Band, and classically trained American violinist Billy Oskay, shortly after Ó Domhnaill moved to Portland. The duo concept grew into a full ensemble when a demo tape by Oskay and Ó Domhnaill became the band's first album with the addition of clavinet player Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and flute player Brian Dunning. Mícháel's sister, Tríona had previously played with her brother in Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, and Relativity, a group they shared with Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham and his accordionist/keyboardist brother, Phil. Ireland-born Dunning had played classical and jazz flute before moving to traditional folk music with the group Puck Fair. When Oskay left the band after the release of their fourth album, Johnny Cunningham seemed a natural replacement. Cunningham's expressive fiddling provided an extra edge to the band's arrangements. When he elected to leave the group following the release of their album The White Horse Sessions in 1997, he was replaced by John Fitzpatrick. In the late '90s, Nightnoise relocated to Ireland, where they started appearing weekly on Irish television show Brid Live, broadcast by RT1 in Dublin. The group supplied instrumental accompaniment for Japanese vocalist Mimori Yusa's album Mimori Yusa Meets Irish Superstars. Windham Hill commemorated the work of the band in 2006 by releasing Pure Nightnoise, a best-of collection. ~ Craig Harris
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    Classical Holiday
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    New Age

    New Age
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Snow on High Ground
  3.   Toys Not Ties
  4.   The Sussex Carol
  5.   Hugh
  6.   Something of Time
  7.   The March Air
  8.   Silky Flanks
  9.   Night in That Land
  10.   Wexford Carol
  11.   Brid Óg Ní Mháille
  12.   The Flight into Egypt
  13.   Bring Me Back a Song
  14.   Lully Lullay
  15.   On the Deep
  16.   For Eamonn
  17.   Gott im Frühling
  18.   Three Little Nieces
  19.   Shuan
  20.   Sauvie Island
  21.   One Little Nephew
  22.   Jaunting
  23.   Water Falls
  24.   New Trees at Knockaun
  25.   For You
  26.   Falling Apples
  27.   This Just In
  28.   Shadow of Time
  29.   End of the Evening
  30.   A Different Shore
  31.   Endless Desire
  32.   Gate of Hallucinator
  33.   Sleepless
  34.   The Rose of Tralee
  35.   The Holly and the Ivy
  36.   AR Pont Nevez
  37.   Medley: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing/Angels We Have Heard on High
  38.   Windell
  39.   Tundra Summer
  40.   The Erebus and the Terror
  41.   The Courtyard
  42.   The Busker on the Bridge
  43.   Snow Is Lightly Falling
  44.   Perchance to Dream
  45.   One for the Lad
  46.   Of a Summer Morn
  47.   Morning in Madrid
  48.   Mind the Dresser
  49.   Clouds Go By
  50.   Call of the Child
  51.   At the Races
  52.   Aprés-Midi
  53.   I Still Remember
  54.   Whiter Than Snow
  55.   Bleu
  56.   Dreamtime
  57.   Sicilienne
  58.   The Cuillin Hills
  59.   Another Wee Niece
  60.   Forgotten Carnival
  61.   Suantrai (Ireland)
  62.   The Swan
  63.   Shadows on a Dance Floor
  64.   Hourglass
  65.   Her Kansas Sun
  66.   No Room at the Inn
  67.   Fionnghuala (Mouth Music)
  68.   The Rose of Iralee
  69.   Wiggy Wiggy
  70.   Timewinds
  71.   Trancelation
  72.   The 19A

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