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Ronan Hardiman

Ronan Hardiman is one of Ireland's premier composers of traditional music, responsible for the score to Lord of the Dance as well as many Irish films and television series. Born in Dublin to a father highly placed in Irish broadcasting, Hardiman listened to rock & roll and pop as a child (while his siblings preferred traditional Irish music). He worked as a clerk at the Bank of Ireland for twelve years, and occasionally playing in pop bands during the 1980s. After quitting his job, though, he composed material based more on Irish traditions than pop music, specifically for radio and television; months later wrote the theme music to the documentary My Riviera, which became quite well-known in Ireland.

During the next few years, Hardiman composed for Coca-Cola and Guinness and gained his reputation as Ireland's best contemporary composer. He was approached by Michael Flatley, creator of Riverdance, to compose the score to the new production Lord of the Dance. Thanks in large part to the success of the production, Hardiman gained a recording contract through Philips and released his debut album, Solas, in early 1998. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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I love nightmare and fiery nights! Best Irish songs EVER!!
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I love the last lines of DaVinci's Notebook's song Another Irish Drinking Song... Me only wish is when the Savior comes for me and you, (long pause) He kills the cast of Riverdance and Michael Flatley too! Okay, maybe not the Riverdance cast, but Heaven may be the only place that could contain Michael Flatley's enormously inflated ego. Lord of the dance should have been called The Michael Flatley showcase.
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fourtobias
Love this whole show. The Music is great too!!!! Beautiful:)
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Celts in Irish is-Ceilteach !
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One of the ancient people of central and western Europe, known to the Greeks as Keltio and the Romans as Celtae, described as being fair and of great stature. DMB
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Fun fact: the name is derived from the Greek word keltoi, further derived from a local tribal name. :)
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momo91407
It is pronounced kelts when referring to Irish things and selts when referring to the sports team the Celtics.
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is it pronounced Kelts, or selts?
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Saw last showing of the Lord of the Dance at Kentucky Center for the Arts. It was wonderful. I hope to see a new score in the future.
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Ronan Hardiman is amazing. I wish he did the soundtrack for the new Hobbit video coming out!! It would be great for Hobbit dances and w/e. :D
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nfritzjr
Sounds so much like Natalie McMaster!! But I like it
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Amazing Celtic stuff! I love his music!
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man, i LOVE the oboe in this piece! :D
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I love the solas album....... i t touches the irish in me
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This particular piece intrigues me. Absolutely love it. I have Riverdance. Love the sound of the men's heels clicking in unisom
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jackiea1svcb k k p r
stunning - loved his Solas album - wish he would write more!
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I love the album for "Lord of the Dance." I got it in high school as a birthday present and I've loved it since.
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twilight_ang e l 1 9 3 3
I'm sorry, the music for Riverdance is far superior, as was the show.
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I wish you had his Anthem album on here.
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dpmortimer
i danced to some of to some of these songs. some were my own choreography
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! !
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stanford4tim e s
love the music, reminds me of where my ancestors came from.

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