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Troy Donockley biography
Born 30 May 1964 (Workington, Cumbria, UK)

Issued from a musical family, Troy Donockley has built a long and successful career fulfilling his teenage dreams traveling the world playing music.
Along with his founding of Celtic Rock band 'You Slosh & as a member of IONA from 1995 to 2009, he's also done much session work with such musical artists as Maddy Prior, Maire Brennan (Clannad), NIGHTWISH, Midge Ure, Barbara Dickson, Roy Harper, Alan Stivell, Lesley Garrett, Status Quo, Del Amitri, Mostly Autumn and many, many more.

Amongst all these endeavors, he's worked on his own solo works, with his debut "The Unseen Stream" released in 1998. He's also gotten together with Adrian Edmondson,in the band The Bad Shepherds in 2008, performing punk and new wave classics on folk instruments.
Master musician & instrumentalist, Donockley continues with his fusion of Traditional & Classical forms

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3.86 | 7 ratings
The Unseen Stream
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Pursuit of Illusion
3.86 | 14 ratings
The Madness Of Crowds

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3.00 | 4 ratings
Messages - A Collection of Music 1998-2011

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 Messages - A Collection of Music 1998-2011 by DONOCKLEY, TROY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
3.00 | 4 ratings

Messages - A Collection of Music 1998-2011
Troy Donockley Neo-Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Messages' - Troy Donockley (6/10)

Troy Donockley is a legend of Celtic music; particularly in regards to his work with the uilleann pipes. Before I had even heard the name, I was already familiar with his brilliant musicianship; he is the player behind the Celtic instruments in Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH. While perhaps best known for his tenure with the Irish prog-folkers IONA, Donockley has also had a warm solo career. Sadly, 'Messages' is the first thing I've heard of this artist, although I'll make sure that it's not the last. Although this best-of compilation only serves as a gateway into Troy's music, it succeeds enough at attracting me to the man's music that I will soon be hearing more of what he has done.

Although I may not give 'Messages' a high rating, it is only because the compilation feels too long for its own good, and that its status as a 'best-of' keeps it from having any significant start- to-finish coherence. The music itself is fresh to me, yet probably best rated on the albums from whence they came. A far cry from my initial experience with Donockley's performance in Nightwish, his work here is mellow, calmed, and arboreal. The Celtic ambiance of Enya came to mind once or twice while hearing the music, which generally rests upon Donockley's flute or pipe playing to row it along.

Troy Donockley's music here is not necessarily prog, or even rock, for that matter. Instead, what we have is a warm collection of lush Celtic soundscapes, ancient melody, and the artistic talents of a man who easily deserves the recognition he has received. As a compilation though, 'Messages' fails to achieve the goal of a best-of; to get his music across quickly and concisely. Instead, this is a fairly drawn out ordeal, and due to the fairly uniform sound of the music, the music's magic can be lost once someone becomes too accustomed to the Celtic energies. Ultimately however, this is perfect for anyone who has never heard Troy Donockley play before, and enjoy Celtic folk music.

Thanks to debrewguy for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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