Ommadawn is a album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. It is his third album, released in 1975.
As with Hergest Ridge and Tubular Bells, Ommadawn is another two-movement work. Oldfield sought out the ancient Celtic influence on English music and composed for traditional instruments such as uilleann pipes on the original LP version. A set of Northumbrian pipes were also recorded, and credited to Herbie, but this recording was not used on the album.
The album was recorded at Oldfield's home at Hergest Ridge, The Beacon, and was the only album to be recorded there (though Oldfield's previous album shares its name with the location).
A quadrophonic remix version of Ommadawn was released on Boxed a year later. Oldfield's 1990 album Amarok was conceived as a sequel to Ommadawn, but turned into something quite different. Excerpts from Ommadawn were featured in the 1979 NASA film, The Space Movie.
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