I've been reading the reviews provided for Davy Spillane's recordings, and I've just got to speak up. First of all, Rob Beattie is not well qualified to review this music - he lacks knowledge of the genre and instrumentation he is commenting on. The Uillean pipes don't require great lungs, the air is supplied by an arm operated bellows (flute and whistle players able to play phrasings similar to Spillane's are common, it's the pipes Beattie speaks of). Elsewhere he complains of Spillane's production of "A Place Among The Stones" with Maire Brennan singing, failing to recognize the stylistic treatment common to much of Clannad's work (Brennan is/was their vocalist). The voices are treated almost as instruments in the mix at times, giving the work an ambient feel that is wonderful in itself. Anyway, on to Shadow Hunter: I wouldn't call this Spillane's best work, but it is my personal favourite. From the traditional merging to contemporary rock sound of the opening cut to the almost New Age sound of some of the others, Davy Spillane and company provide us with a palette of sounds that refresh, inspire, and invigorate. One can use this music as a background when visiting with friends and it will be unobtrusive, yet one can crank up the volume and listen with both ears forward and be entranced and enchanted from start to finish. It plays well both to the initiated and novitiate alike - soulful melodies, audio spaces that evoke wide open landscapes, shadows of tall peaks, the slow passage of the sun across a day as long as night. Elsewhere there is the vigor and passion of the country folk gathering to celebrate a harvest, meet a mate, and dance the away the dust of a labouring life. Sean Tyrrell's vocals on his composition "Walker of the Snow" are as evocative as any ever done, telling the tale of a ghost encounter in the frozen, snowy north, vast and empty save for a trapper or two. The arrangement of Yeat's "Host of the Air" is a magnificent setting for a beautiful gem, and even if this isn't Spillane's best recording, it puts the work of many another to shame in it's scope and flavour. Buy this one first, and the other releases will be must haves for all who are open to the timelessness of great music. For me, a true desert island disc, perhaps the one indispensable among all the others.