Mike has posted on his Facebook group
the list of instruments for Return To Ommadawn
.INSTRUMENTS USED RETURN TO OMMADAWNSTRINGS.
ACOUSTIC STEEL - ANDY MANSON HERON
FLAMENCO - PACO DE LUCIA
BASS - FENDER ROSCOE BECK
ACOUSTIC BASS - FENDER KINGMAN
GIBSON - SG STANDARD P.90
FENDER - TELECASTER
FENDER - STRATOCASTER
PRS - SIGNATURE
MANDOLINS - OVATION AND WASHBURN
CELTIC HARP KEYBOARDS.
ORGANS - VOX CONTINENTAL, FARFISA AND HAMMOND MELLOTRON
GRANDMA'S PUB PIANO PERCUSSION.
AFRICAN TABLE DRUMS
PENNY WHISTLES IN BB, C, D, EB, F AND GAMPLIFIER.
MESA BOOGIE MARK FIVEMonday, 23 May 2016 Post a comment!
Mike's update Re: Return to Ommadawn as posted on his Facebook group
9 April:"Hello Everyone some news : Well today got to the end of Part 2 Return to Ommadawn. Most of Part 2 I am happy with just have to finish up the ending and then polish both Part 1 and 2. So looking to finish everything around my birthday mid May. It has been a wonderful experience and I have loved playing all the acoustic instruments. So just have to complete the final steps. All the very best from Mike"
He subsequently said he expects to release it in mid-August.Saturday, 9 April 2016 13 comments
Tubular Brass, a 28-piece brass band, will perform Sandy Smith's arrangement of Tubular Bells in St Peter's Church, Manchester, on May 28 at 7pm. Advance tickets
Tubular Brass will also perform the world premiere of the specially commissioned piece for brass band and synthesisers: Mary Casio by, and also featuring, Hannah Peel.Tuesday, 1 March 2016 2 comments
Mercury Records has released the 2015 remasters of Discovery and The Killing Fields, as well as The Suite 1984:Discovery
1. To France
2. Poison Arrows
3. Crystal Gazing
4. Tricks of the Light
6. Talk About Your Life
7. Saved by a Bell
8. The Lake
9. To France (Extended version) (bonus track)
10. In the Pool (bonus track)
11. Bones (bonus track)
12. Afghan (bonus track)
13. Tricks of the Light (Instrumental) (bonus track)The Killing Fields
1. Pran's Theme
2. Requiem for a City
4. Pran's Theme 2
7. Bad News
8. Pran's Departure
10. The Year Zero
11. Blood Sucking
12. The Year Zero 2
13. Pran's Escape / The Killing Fields
14. The Trek
15. The Boy's Burial / Pran Sees the Red Cross
16. Good News
18. Evacuation (Single Edit) (Bonus Track)
19. Étude (Single Edit) (Bonus Track)The Suite 1984
1. To France
2. The Lake
3. The Killing Fields (Main Theme)
5. The Royal Mile (Re-discovered track)
6. Zombies (Halloween Special)
7. DiscoverySaturday, 30 January 2016 35 comments
Mike posted on his Facebook group
I am continuing to work on ideas for "A New Ommadawn" for the last week or so to see if the spark of the idea actually catches fire.
Working with a clockwork metronome as a click track and this alone give me a natural acoustic reference for timing
( So long as I wind it up ! )
Also playing live all the instruments.
So far Bodhran, Bass, acoustic and Spanish guitars, a real Glockenspiel and tambourine, cymbals and a lovely Ovation mandolin.
Watch this space for more news - especially on October 31st - HALLOWEEN - !!!Update Oct 25:Hi Everybody
The new work is somehow taking on a life of it's own now. It is wonderful to hear and play all the original instruments again
and not worry too much about perfection in timing and performance and just feel the freedom, the magic, and the space that the music can create.
I am thinking now of turning this into a completely new work and not making it a " Sequel or Prequel " of anything just - Something New...
I can always do a Tubular Bells prequel in a year or two, and then an Ommadawn prequel / Sequel after that...
Would you be very disappointed if the next Album is not related to any previous Album ?
I would like very much to hear your thoughts ... MikeThursday, 15 October 2015 35 comments
A newly restored and complete edition of Mike Oldfield's and Tony Palmer’s The Space Movie
will be released on 16 October. It comes complete with the Director's Cut bonus DVD of the movie. From the website:
"This classic film was originally commissioned by London Weekend Television and Virgin in 1979to mark the 10th Anniversary of the first landing on the moon, July 21st 1969. A recent discovery of a print in mint condition has enabled us to issue the film in a sparkling new (and complete! ) edition."
for ordering details and for background information surrounding the development of this work.
Thanks to Chris Worland
and Nacho Marin
for alerting us to this release!Tuesday, 25 August 2015 13 comments
Mike posted on his Facebook group
:Just started getting together a new "Suite 1987-89" for release next year.
There are 25 reels of multitrack tapes (25 hours) to listen to for those two albums. What would you like to see on the new "Suite"?Saturday, 25 July 2015 20 comments
Marko's cartoons + Hans' 3D strips
||Mike Oldfield in the Media
Tonight's Echoes.org program will feature Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn @ 40. That is, October 21, 2015 at 10 pm EDT on many public broadcasting stations including WITH in Ithaca,NY. They do stream.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 1 comment
On Tuesday, 12 May, Mike will be featured on BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon
program to chat about his new Best Of
work. The show begins at 2 p.m.; the specific time that Mike will appear is unknown at this point. The archived program will be available shortly after broadcast.
Thursday, 7 May 2015 2 comments
An interview with Mike will be broadcast on BBC Radio 6 this Sunday November 3rd, as part of Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone
They say Mike will be talking about "how Tubular Bells affected his life, his attitude towards the music industry and his new album Man On The Rocks", and it'll include a short excerpt from the new album.
The show is from 20:00 until 22:00 GMT and can be listened to online in the UK via the BBC's iPlayer
Thursday, 31 October 2013 18 comments
Caroline Monk posted in Facebook a link
to a sweet article written by Richard Branson entitled, "Tubular Bells Revisited." Pictures included! The piece was posted to virgin.com on 1 Oct.
"Without Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ it is quite conceivable that the Virgin Group may never have got off the ground. Without Tom Newman, ‘Tubular Bells’ may never have been recorded."
Tuesday, 1 October 2013 Post a comment!
Listen to the tubular.net Finale cover
Man On the Rocks
Live In Montreux DVD
Man On The Rocks
Live In Montreux DVD
||More Coverage what you've spotted
Moonlight Shadow and To France covers in Nolwenn Leroy's Bretonne album. (Thanks, Yvan Doyeux)
Czech TV station Prima often uses a sample of Mike Oldfield's version of Abba's Arrival, as well the original Abba's piece as a TV trailer or intermezzo. (Thanks, Ondrej Misak)
The new TV channel Direct uses Moonlight Shadow as its main jingle. (Thanks, Vinz)
Reference to Mike Oldfield in Bernard Werber's besteller Nous les Dieux. The author confesses having listened to Mike's music and be inspired by it while writing his book. (Thanks, Aurélien Duvallet)
Moonlight Shadow cover in Frérérique's Irish Ties album. (Thanks, Olier)