return to ommadawn
this album marks a return to the music that made oldfield’s name back in the early 70s consisting of two long form, mostly acoustic string instrument-based pieces.
The artist describes it as ‘handmade’ – each instrument (22 in total including mandolin, guitars, acoustic bass, bodhran, African drums and tin whistle) is hand played by Mike and he keeps time with a vintage metronome – though he made full use of modern technology to faithfully recreate some of the 70s classic keyboard sounds. Return To Ommadawn also features Celtic chanting and prominently features Mike’s trademark searing electric guitar. Mike Oldfield’s 1975 album Ommadawn was the third of an enduring trinity of classic albums that overlapped rock and classical and, before the terms were even coined, new age and world music.
- Return to Ommadawn (Part one)
- Return to Ommadawn (Part two)