Bill Whelan, (born 22 May 1950 in Limerick, Ireland) is an Irish composer and musician.He is best known for composing a piece for the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. The result, Riverdance, was a seven-minute display of traditional Irish dancing that became a full-length stage production and spawned a worldwide craze for Irish dancing and Celtic music and also won him a Grammy. It was released as a single in the UK in 1994, credited to "Bill Whelan and Anúna featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra". It reached number 9 and stayed in the charts for 16 weeks. The album of the same title reached number 31 in the album charts in 1995.   Whelan has also composed a symphonic suite version of Riverdance, with its premiere performed by the Ulster Orchestra on BBC Radio 3 in August 2014.   Whelan is a native of Limerick, and was educated at Crescent College, University College Dublin and the King's Inns. While he is best known for his Riverdance composition, Whelan has been involved in many ground-breaking projects in Ireland since the 1970s. As a producer he has worked with U2 (on their War album), Van Morrison, Kate Bush, The Dubliners, Planxty, Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane, Patrick Street, Stockton's Wing and fellow Limerickman Richard Harris.   Whelan's lifetime of musical endeavours include:   1970 – Composes score for the film Bloomfield.   1978 – Member of the jazz-rock band Stacc, who release a single on CBS.   1979 – Joins Planxty on keyboards.   1981 – Timedance, composed by Whelan and Dónal Lunny, and performed by Planxty, features in the interval of Eurovision. Timedance released as a Planxty record.   1983 – Whelan produces "The Refugee" on the U2 album War.   1984 – Film score for Lamb, with Van Morrison   1985 – Produces and performs on Stockton's Wing's Live – Take One.   1987 – Composes The O'Riada Suite.   1989 – Joins board of Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), on which he serves continuously until 1997.   1990 – Produces and plays keyboards on Andy Irvine's album Rude Awakening, released in early 1991 on the Green Linnet Records label.   1992 – Commissioned to compose The Seville Suite, released on the Tara Music label.   1992 – Produces and plays keyboards on the Andy Irvine/Davy Spillane album EastWind, released on the Tara Music label.   1992 – Produces and performs on Stockton's Wing's The Crooked Rose for the Tara Music label.   1993 – Composes the orchestral work The Spirit of Mayo.   1994 – Composes Riverdance for interval segment of the Eurovision Song Contest. The segment is an unprecedented success and spins off into the long-running stage show.   1995 – Invited to serve on the Government Task Force set up by Minister Michael D. Higgins.   1996 – Composes original music for Jim Sheridan/Terry George's film Some Mother's Son.   1997 – Receives a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Riverdance.   2000 – Riverdance opens on Broadway.   2001 – Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation)   2006 – Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the Meteor Music Awards.   2008 – Releases his Celtic orchestral album The Connemara Suite on the Tara Music label.
  Bill Whelan, (born 22 May 1950 in Limerick, Ireland) is an Irish composer and musician.He is best known for composing a piece for the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. The result, Riverdance, was a seven-minute display of traditional Irish dancing that became a full-length stage production and spawned a worldwide craze for Irish dancing and Celtic music and also won him a Grammy. It was released as a single in the UK in 1994, credited to "Bill Whelan and Anúna featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra". It reached number 9 and stayed in the charts for 16 weeks. The album of the same title reached number 31 in the album charts in 1995.   Whelan has also composed a symphonic suite version of Riverdance, with its premiere performed by the Ulster Orchestra on BBC Radio 3 in August 2014.   Whelan is a native of Limerick, and was educated at Crescent College, University College Dublin and the King's Inns. While he is best known for his Riverdance composition, Whelan has been involved in many ground-breaking projects in Ireland since the 1970s. As a producer he has worked with U2 (on their War album), Van Morrison, Kate Bush, The Dubliners, Planxty, Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane, Patrick Street, Stockton's Wing and fellow Limerickman Richard Harris.   Whelan's lifetime of musical endeavours include:   1970 – Composes score for the film Bloomfield.   1978 – Member of the jazz-rock band Stacc, who release a single on CBS.   1979 – Joins Planxty on keyboards.   1981 – Timedance, composed by Whelan and Dónal Lunny, and performed by Planxty, features in the interval of Eurovision. Timedance released as a Planxty record.   1983 – Whelan produces "The Refugee" on the U2 album War.   1984 – Film score for Lamb, with Van Morrison   1985 – Produces and performs on Stockton's Wing's Live – Take One.   1987 – Composes The O'Riada Suite.   1989 – Joins board of Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), on which he serves continuously until 1997.   1990 – Produces and plays keyboards on Andy Irvine's album Rude Awakening, released in early 1991 on the Green Linnet Records label.   1992 – Commissioned to compose The Seville Suite, released on the Tara Music label.   1992 – Produces and plays keyboards on the Andy Irvine/Davy Spillane album EastWind, released on the Tara Music label.   1992 – Produces and performs on Stockton's Wing's The Crooked Rose for the Tara Music label.   1993 – Composes the orchestral work The Spirit of Mayo.   1994 – Composes Riverdance for interval segment of the Eurovision Song Contest. The segment is an unprecedented success and spins off into the long-running stage show.   1995 – Invited to serve on the Government Task Force set up by Minister Michael D. Higgins.   1996 – Composes original music for Jim Sheridan/Terry George's film Some Mother's Son.   1997 – Receives a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Riverdance.   2000 – Riverdance opens on Broadway.   2001 – Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation)   2006 – Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the Meteor Music Awards.   2008 – Releases his Celtic orchestral album The Connemara Suite on the Tara Music label.
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