Mike announced on Facebook
the release of Return To Ommadawn for January 20 2017, and posted a 32 seconds excerpt of the new album. BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright played a snippet
too (starting at 2 hours 12 minutes, thanks Harmono!
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 20 comments
I’m delighted to announce that my new album, Return To Ommadawn, will be released on January 20 2017
and is available to pre-order on my official store now: https://MikeOldfield.lnk.to/ReturnToOmmadawnFP
I hope you will enjoy listening to the new album as much as I have enjoyed making it.
Thanks for your patience, I know it has been a long wait.
Meanwhile here is a short snippet with elements from the introduction to Part One.
I also hear that Steve Wright will be playing the radio exclusive single version on his show this afternoon on BBC Radio 2.
You can hear it just after 4.pm UK time at : http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
Hope you will be able to tune in and enjoy.
All the best for now !
Universal will re-release
on December 2nd a remastered vinyl edition of the 1979 double live album Exposed
, as well as Collaborations
, originally included as part of the 1976 Boxed compilation set.Saturday, 19 November 2016 6 comments
Posted by Terry Oldfield this evening to his Facebook page upon the passing of Raymond Henry Oldfield, father of Mike, Sally, and Terry. Condolences to the Oldfields.
"A tribute of thanks to my Dad who just passed away this morning .. At the time I am born in he is leaving .. Much peace to you my wonderful Father ..Thank you so much.."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIGSUctbcHQThursday, 11 August 2016 9 comments
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
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 54 comments
Mike has posted on his Facebook group
the names for the 55 sections of his new album:
Spanish Tune Acoustic
Spanish Tune 2
High Bridge 1
Spanish Tune 3
High Bridge 2
Fast Tune 1
Fast Tuna Bridge 1
Fast Tune 2
Fast Tuna Bridge 2
Fast Tuna Boogie 1
Fast Tune Break
Grand Tune 1
Victory V 1
Victory V 2
Victory V 3
FUZZ TUNE 2
Glock 1 Riff
GIok 2 Eloc
Glok 3 Mandolins
Tune 1 *2GT
Glock 3 Blues Guitar
AF GIBSON SOLO
CODA Thursday, 21 April 2016 10 comments
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 43 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
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)