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Bill Whelan


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Bill Whelan (born May 22, 1950) is the Irish composer who was asked to compose a piece for the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest. The end result, Riverdance, was a ten-minute display of traditional Irish dancing that became a full-length stage production and spawned a worldwide craze for Irish dancing and celtic music.

Whelan is a native of Limerick, and was educated at Crescent College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. He worked as a pianist for The Waterboys during their Fisherman’s Blues sessions. His work appears on a second album from those sessions, Too Close to Heaven.


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  • Druid66

    This is the guy who got the whole world dancing, while not moving from the waist up! (-:

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MetalPyro876

    Brilliant! I love Celtic music I wish I lived in Southern Ireland, so much Inspiration in writing music

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Waldfrau2008

    Riverdance is magic .... and I love all songs absolutely.

    23 Nov 2008 Reply
  • losena

    Good days from spanish my son .kises for immortelle of this mother

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • losena

    Good days from españa my son .besos for immortelle of this mother

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • hannahcran

    riverdance makes me happy! especially the russian dervish

    26 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Immortal1349

    Nice tunes!

    9 Jan 2008 Reply
  • vmdxdoom

    great composer, great show!

    9 Dec 2007 Reply
  • AkelaX

    Reel Around the Sun, The Harvest and the Caoineadh Cú Chulainn (Lament) are absolutely epic songs. They always hypnotize me. :)

    1 Dec 2007 Reply
  • LadyKinney

    love it all<3

    13 Oct 2007 Reply
  • caelen

    Firedance is my absolute favourite. :)

    18 Sep 2007 Reply
  • MavsTunes

    Lift The Wings is a great tune :o

    21 Apr 2007 Reply

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