Ronan Browne is an Irish
musicianand composer who plays the uilleann pipes. He is the grandson of Delia Murphy. He is the Uilleann Piper and Singer with CRAN. He plays in a duet with Peter O'Loughlin. He was the original piper with both Riverdanceand the Afro Celt Sound System. He has contributed music to the film soundtracks of "Circle of Friends", "Rob Roy", " Robin of Loxely", " The Secret of Roan Inish", " Streets of Gold", " Gangs of New York". and the TV series Bringing It All Back Home
Ronan was born in
Dublinin 1965into a very strong musical background. His grandmother Delia Murphywas renowned for recording and popularising many Irish songs in the 1930s and 1940's such as "If I Were A Blackbird", 'The Spinning Wheel', and Three Lovely Lassies From Bannion'. Delia, the wife of Dr. T.J. Kiernan, Irish Ambassador to the Vatican, Australia, Germany, America and Canada, brought Irish musical culture to audiences throughout the world.
Musicians such as
Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancyand Denis Murphywere regular visitors to Ronan’s family home over the years. He began playing the pipes at the age of seven and was quickly taken under the various wings of the old masters, his main influences being pipers Willie Clancy, Johnny Doranand Séamus Ennis, whilst fiddlers Denis Murphyand Tommy Pottsalso played a strong role in forming his early style.
Ronan has toured extensively in
Europeand in the USA, as well as playing in Russia, India, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Hong Kongand Japan. He gives master classes throughout the world.
He has been involved in over 75 album recordings since his first venture into the studio in 1982 and has collaborated with many of the top artists playing
Traditional Irish Music, Classical, Pop, Jazzand Country. These include people such as Anuna, Donal Lunny, Finbar Wright, Alan Stivell, The Indigo Girls, Tommy Hayes, Sean Tyrrell, Bill Whelan, Elvis Costello, Nightnoise, Michael Kamen, Paul Brady, Bill Laswell, Sinéad O'Connor, Peter Gabrieland Deep Forest.
After releasing the easy-listening album Celtic Moods in 1997, Ronan released a solo traditional CD The Wynd You Know in 2001, with
Claddagh Records. 2005 saw the release of a third solo CD Salute to the Brave, mostly of his own modern compositions.
= Duet with Peter O'Loughlin =
To this day Ronan’s friendship and musical collaboration with Peter O’Loughlin is fêted as one of the most enduring partnerships in Irish music. Their strong combination of mid 19th century flat-pitch uilleann pipes and tuned-down fiddle, playing the old dance music of Ireland, makes for a rare and thoroughly enjoyable evening’s entertainment.Their 1988 duet album with Claddagh Records, ‘The South West Wind'’ was received with critical acclaim, and in 2002 they released an even more popular 2nd CD called ‘Touch Me if You Dare’. They have recently recorded a third album which awaits release.With Arts Council DEIS funding, they recently recorded a series of interviews of Peter recalling his personal knowledge and friendship with many of the important musician and singers of the twentieth century.
Ronan is a member of the group
CRANwith Seán Corcoranand Desi Wilkinson. CRANhas released four CDs and tour worldwide. The core of their repertoire is native Irish material - dance music or slow airson fluteand pipes, and vocals ranging from the highly-ornamented sean-nós songs of Conamarato the rollicking port a' bhéilor mouth music of Donegal. Their Hiberno-English song repertoire (songs from Ireland in English) covers the entire gamut from the old story-telling "long ballads" to lively comic songs of "pure divilment and rascality". They also include material from the related Scots-Gaelic tradition and from the other Atlantic Celts, the Bretons.
CRAN have released four CDs: [The Crooked Stair (1993/2005) Black Black Black (1998) Lover’s Ghost (2000) Music from the Edge of the World (2002)] .
Over the last 20 years, Ronan has established a duet with fiddle player
Kevin Glackin; Kevin regularly joins CRANfor recordings along with Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill( Bothy Band).
Ronan was the original piper for the Eurovision interval performance of Riverdance in 1994 and his recording has featured in almost every show since. He chose not to join the teeming cast when the show went on the road, preferring instead to concentrate on his personal projects and to leave the touring to pipers with more time on their hands. This left him in a position to concentrate on CRAN the Afro Celt Sound System.
Afro Celt Sound System
In the mid 1990s Ronan was asked if he would like to join a project which was starting up revolving around Peter Gabriel’s 2nd “World Music Recording Week”. Musicians converged from all over the planet to ramble from project to project being recorded in up 7 recording setups in Real World Studios. Out of this intense meeting of musicians was born the Afro Celt Sound System which went on to become Real World’s most successful venture. It was a meeting of African and Irish musicians in the convivial company of some of the top London programmers.
The Afro Celts toured the world and Ronan remained with the band for the first two albums, writing and recording in various locations between Ireland and England. Tracks were licensed for countless documentaries, ads and films, the strangest of which was Farrah Fawcett sculpting nude in a Playboy video to the sound of Ronan’s opening track on the 1st Afro Celt CD!
Ronan has played many prestigious concerts in Ireland and abroad as a solo musician and has also been a guest member to a wide variety of groups.
Although best known as a traditional musician, Ronan is also keenly interested in exploring other musical genres particularly in film and television. Ronan has written and performed music for fashion shows in
Londonand Parisby designers Lainey Keoghand John Rocha.
Ronan has been teaching the pipes, flute and whistle worldwide for the last 25 years and has recently developed a much sought-after music appreciation/listening class. In 2005 an Arts Council DEIS grant enabled him to make his class completely portable and has proved a huge addition to his teaching capabilities.
Film Music & Television
Along with the late
Michael Kamen, Ronan composed the soundtrack for the documentary film ' The Dolphin's Gift', directed by Kim Kindersley. More recently, the two of them collaborated on the score to 'Circle of Friends', the film dramatisation of Maeve Binchy's novel.
Ronan has also contributed music to the film soundtracks of ‘
Robin of Loxely’, ‘ Rob Roy’, ‘ Fierce Creatures’, ‘ The Secret of Roan Inish’, ‘ Streets of Gold’ and ‘ Gangs of New York’.
Anjelica Huston’s ‘ Mrs. Browne’, Ronan was Traditional Irish Music Director.
He composed and recorded scores for the audio-visual displays at the National 1798 Visitor Centre in Enniscorthy, at the Waterford Treasures museum and at King John's Castle in Limerick city.
TG4, the Irish TV station, commissioned Ronan to write the music for the daily news program ‘ Nuacht’ a six part drama series ‘ Geibheann’ and a drama ‘ An Gaeilgeoir Nocht’.
Ronan appears regularly on Irish music and magazine programmes on national television and radio. He has also played for numerous television advertisements.
He appeared on ABC Network's 65 million-audience '
Good Morning America' playing the Uilleann Pipeswith Dónal Lunny, Nollaig Caseyand Arty McGlynn. He played on the theme music to the six-part series ' Bringing it all Back Home' - an independent television programme dealing with the influence of Irish music on American folk and contemporary music.
Ronan featured on Hummingbird's '
Rivers of Sound', which explored many aspects of traditional Irish music.
Ronan worked with
Tommy Hayes, on the writing and performance of music for the Abbey Theatreproductions of " The Playboy of the Western World" and " Macbeth". He joined forces again with Tommy and dancer Cindy Cummings to give off-beat improvised performances. The Olympia Theatre performance of " The Tailor and Ansty" with Anna Manahanand Frank Kellysaw Ronan playing music and acting a small role.
Ronan's version of the
Blasket Islandair " Port na bPucaí" was chosen by Limerick's Daghda dance groupfor their part in the huge Faminecommemoration held in Millstreetin 1997.
Ronan Browne Discography
# Celtic Moods – “Haunting Melodies of Ireland” (CRIMCD72) 1997
# The Wynd You Know – Traditional Pipes solo CD (CC64CD) 2001
# Salute to the Brave - Ronan Browne & the Patriot Corps (BCI40945-2) 2005
# The Crooked Stair (BRRCD001) 1995/2006
# Black, Black, Black – 2nd CRAN CD with Shel Talmy (CC63CD) 1998
# Lover’s Ghost (BRRCD003) 2000
# Music from the Edge of the World (BRRCD004) 2003
= Ronan Browne & Peter O'Loughlin =
# The South West Wind (CC47CD) 1988
# Touch me if you Dare (CCF35CD) 2002
# Third CD with Peter O'Loughlin (CCF**CD) 2007
Afro Celt Sound System
# Afrocelt Sound System Vol I – (Sound Magic) (CDRW61) 1996
# Afro Celt Sound System Vol 2 (Release) (CDRW76) 1999
Ronan Browne Full Discography
Records and CDs on which Ronan has worked.
* Dysart Tola - Music from Dublin and Clare.1987
* Round the House - Music for
* Mind the Dresser - Music for
* The South West Wind – With Peter O'Loughlin. (CC47CD)
* Five Guys Named Mo - Canadian pop group.
* At it Again - A contemporary Irish and Scottish album, by
Manus Lunnyand Andy M. Stewart.
* Bringing it all Back Home - Accompanying the television series. (CD BBC CD 844)
Final FantasyIV Celtic Moon - Music for Japanese video game. (N30D-006)
* Next Generation - The Irish Folk Festival duet with
Kevin Glackin. (TÜT CD 72.7492)
Indigo Girls- American pop duo
* Angel Candles - with
Máire Breatnach. (SCD 593)
* Browne / Glackin / Tyrrell – one-off for European Tour (Not commercially released)
* Heritage des Celtes - Dan ar Bras /
Dónal Lunny.(COL477763 2)
* Taobh na Greine/Under the Sun -
Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich/ Dónal Lunny. (CEFCD 170)
* Tír na nÓg -
Anne Wylie. (FMS 2060)
* Branohm - The Voyage of Bran –
Maire Breathnach. (SCD 394)
* Winds of Freedom -
John Beag Ó Flatharta(CICD 106)
Riverdance- Theme music for Eurovision'94
* Drones and Chanters Vol. 2 - Solo piping compilation.
Brian Boru. With Breton Harpist Alan Stivell
* Secret of Roan Inish - soundtrack to the film.
* River of Sound - Accompanying the television series. (Hummingbird)
Riverdance- The Show. (KCD 370)
* Circle of Friends - soundtrack to the film.
Afrocelt Sound SystemVol I - modern music from Senegal, Londonand Ireland. (CDRW61)
* When I was Young -
Pádraigín ní Uallacháin& Len Graham. (FONN CD001)
* Everybreath -
James McNally(74321 443 722)
* ROKA with
Mimori Yusa(Japanese pop star). (ESCB 1799)
* A Room In The North With
Tommy Hayes(OPP CD 001)
* Celtic Moods - Melodies of Ireland on Pipes (CRIMCD72)
* ZAN - TOMOKO - Japanese singer & Band (SRCL 3992)
Emer Kenny- Irish contemporary artist (314 536 228-2)
* Seacht - with
Iarla Ó Lionaird(Real World)
* Black, Black, Black – 2nd
CranCD produced by Shel Talmy(CC63CD)
* Art of Magic - CD Rom game with members of Afro Celts
* 1st Celtic Tenors CD
* The Seer - German pop group
Claddagh’s Choice – Compilation (CC40-65CD)
Afro Celt Sound SystemVol 2 (Release)- CDRW76
* Transatlantic Sessions – with US Country artists
* A Real Irish Christmas – Compilation (832262)
* The Crossing -
Tim O’BrienNashville artist CD ALU-1014
Melody of LegendI – Japanese game music hits performed solo
Melody of LegendII – Japanese game music hits performed solo
* 2nd Celtic Tenors CD
* Siol/Seed – various artists (Magherbaun Records OPP CD2)
* Come dance with Me in Ireland – Compilation (Atlantic 83273)
* Pure Bodhrán – compilation track with
Tommy Hayes(BBM 001)
Alison HoodCD – Cellist
* Lover’s Ghost - 3rd
* Journey – Best of
Dónal Lunny: April 3rd track (HBCD0024)
* Rua – Contemporary Irish Vocal Duo
* The Irish Tenors – Ellis Island Guest
* The Wynd You Know – solo CD (CC64CD)
* Yoko Ueno CD - Japanese Singer / arranger
* Touch Me If You Dare - 2nd Duet album with Peter O'Loughlin
* Celtic Tenors – So Strong: Pipes on The Green Fields Of France and Mull of Kintyre
* Gaelic Ireland – compilation with
Cran: Na Ceannabhain (EUCD1821)
* Music from the Edge of the World 4th
* Songs, Jigs & Reels – Browne, Glackin, Tyrrell (Not commercially released)
* The Thing Itself –
Peter O’Loughlin& Maeve Donnelly(CCF36CD)
* Rough Guide to Irish Music, 2nd – Comp:
CranTaimse 'n Arrears (RGNET1148CD)
* Salute to the Brave -
Ronan Browne& the Patriot Corps (BCI40945-2)
* Beginners Guide to Ireland – Comp
Cran: Na Ceannabhain Bhána (NSBOX012)
* The Humours of Holland – Piping Compilation
* Balance – BEUC
Creative CommonsComp: Ronan track: Solas
* Celtic Tiger - Soundtrack to
* The Crooked Stair – Re-mastered 1st
* The Hop Down –
Breda KevilleSolo CD Engineered by Ronan (BKCD 205)
* Wooden Flute Obsession 3 – Flute Compilation (ITMS0601)
* Geantraí – CD & DVD: TV performance with
Peter O’Loughlin(CRFCD 189)
* Má Bhionn Tú Liom – Róisín Elsafty. Guest playing flutes & whistles (VERTCD080)
* Far From the Hills of Donegal – with Oisin McAuley - Pipes on Ask My Father & Port na bPucaí (Compass 4446)
* Sean Ryan – Solo CD Engineered by Ronan
* Experience Ireland - compilation CRAN, Tyrrell/Glackin/Browne, and Solo tracks (EXPRCD008)
* Transatlantic Sessions 3 vol 1 (WHIRLIECD12)
* Transatlantic Sessions 3 vol 2 (WHIRLIECD13)
* Transatlantic Sessions 3 DVD (WHIRLIEDVD1)
* Piper’s Choice Vol 1 Music & Interviews (NPUDVD006)
* [http://www.ronanbrowne.com Official Ronan Browne Website] It's actually his MySpace account.
* [http://www.cranmusic.com Official CRAN Website]
* [http://www.rocketbaby.net/interviews_ronan_browne.html Ronan Browne Interview]
* [http://www.irishmusicreview.com/ronan1.htm Short "The Wynd You Know" Review]
* [http://www.mustrad.org.uk/reviews/browne.htm Long "The Wynd You Know" Review]
* [http://www.irishmusicreview.com/ronan2.htm "Touch Me if You Dare" Review]
* [http://www.irishmusicreview.com/cran.htm Review of 3 CRAN Albums: "Black Black Black" + "Lover’s Ghost" + "Music from the Edge of the World"]
* [http://www.irishmusicreview.com/cran2.htm Review of re-issued CRAN 1st CD "The Crooked Stair"]
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