Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn

Published on 28 February 2019 by

      Mike DeGagne: ‘Although it features the beautiful recorder of Leslie Penny and the Chieftains’ Paddy Maloney playing the uilean pipe, Ommadawn didn’t gain Mike Oldfield the success he was looking for. The album was released in the same year as the David Bedford-arranged Orchestral Tubular Bells and nine months after Oldfield picked up a Grammy award for the original Tubular Bells album. The most pleasing attribute of Ommadawn is its incorporation of both African and Irish music in its symphonic rock & roll mainframe. Boosted by a hearty amount of different horns, piano, cello, trumpet, and synthesizer, the album has its moments of rising action, but the whole of Ommadawn fails to keep its lovely segments around long enough, and there are some rather lengthy instances that include bland runs of unvaried music. Another plus is Oldfield’s use of a choir, giving the album a soft, humanistic feel when contrasted against the keyboards or synthesizer. While it does include flashes of Mike Oldfield’s brilliance, the entire album may seem a little anticlimactic when compared to some of his other releases.’


Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn Tracklist

Ommadawn, Pt. 1
Ommadawn, Pt. 2



  • Mike Oldfield – Guitars (acoustic, classical, electric, steel, twelve-string, acoustic bass and electric bass), banjo, bouzouki, bodhrán, electronic organs, glockenspiel, harp, mandolin, percussion, piano, spinet, synthesizers and vocals.
  • Herbie – Northumbrian bagpipes
  • Don Blakeson – trumpet
  • The Hereford City Band conducted by Leslie Penning – brass
  • Jabula (Julian Bahula, Ernest Mothle, Lucky Ranku, Eddie Tatane) – African drums
  • Pierre Moerlen – timpani
  • Paddy Moloney – uilleann pipes
  • William Murray – percussion
  • Sally Oldfield – vocals
  • Terry Oldfield – Panpipes
  • Leslie Penning – recorders
  • “The Penrhos Kids” (Abigail, Briony, Ivan and Jason Griffiths) – vocals on “On Horseback”
  • Clodagh Simonds – vocals
  • Bridget St John – vocals
  • David Strange – cello

Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn

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