Bill Whelan has composed music for theatre, film and orchestra. His best known work Riverdance, was composed especially for the interval act of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.

As a single release, Riverdance spent 18 weeks at no.1 in the Irish charts and was a top ten hit in the UK. Since then Riverdance the Show, has gone on to play to 22 million people world wide.

In his memoir, The Road to Riverdance Bill reveals the nuts, bolts, sheer effort and serendipities that formed the unconscious preparation of his reinvention of the Irish tradition for a modern age. The book chronicles Bill's hugely successful career, from his childhood right up to that spectacular Eurovision performance which became a global phenomenon.

Join us at Aspects Festival for an evening of discussion and music as Bill chats to Neil Martin about his life, career and his impact on Irish music and dance.

'Paints an unforgettable picture of how one man navigated the rapids of music in Ireland – and came up trumps in the long run … an essential read for anyone who loves Irish music.’

Hot Press

‘An entertaining account of the seismic changes in Irish society during the second half of the 20th century and a colourful testament to an extraordinary life that helped shape and soundtrack it.’

Irish Times

As part of the event, Bill will be performing with renowned folk duo Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre.

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Getting to The Road to Riverdance: Bill Whelan in conversation with Neil Martin

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Bangor Castle

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United Kingdom