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02 Striking Viking 4:35 min – track sample


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Late in 1994 ‘Reconciliation’ were briefly in Ireland having recorded the album ‘Interaction’. While in Dublin the band played a ‘one off’ sell out gig in Whelan’s Music Venue on Wexford Street. Two tunes were chosen from the concert for ‘Live 1’. ‘Striking Viking’ tells of the first raids by Viking sailors from Norway into Dublin Bay in the 9th Century AD. The tune expresses the excitement of a long ship or boat of invaders landing on a hostile shore and the trepidation the locals must have felt knowing the fearsome reputation of these warriors from the North.

Phil Conyngham – didgeridoo
Maria Cullen O’Dwyer – bodhrán
Simon O’Dwyer – dord íseal, large conch shell
Ivan O’Shea – recording, October 1994
Volker Staut – post mastering

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