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Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Riverdance: The Animated Adventure’

Riverdance: The Animated Adventure Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Movie

The Riverdance: The Animated Adventure soundtrack includes music by Bill Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra. This info article contains spoilers for Dave Rosenbaum and Eamonn Butler’s 2021 movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Riverdance: The Animated Adventure stars Pierce Brosnan as Patrick, a deer who invented the Riverdance. Sam Hardy co-stars as Keegan, an Irish boy who travels to a mythical land to prevent a baddie from preventing the flow of life. Composer Bill Whelan (The Mask) scored the film and produced several original recordings for the 86-minute animated flick. Here’s every featured song in Riverdance: The Animated Adventure.

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Riverdance: The Animated Adventure Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Movie

Riverdance: The Animated Adventure Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Movie

  • “Countless Kathleen/Women of the Sidhe” by Mark Alfred, Zoe Conway, Emma Frampton, Tara Howley, John McIntyre, Des Moore, Damien Mullane, Eoghan O’Neill, Nikola Parov, Bill Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra (00:01:00): The Riverdance: The Animated Adventure soundtrack song (“Women of the Sidhe”) plays after the opening narration. Three birds make their way into town. “Countess Kathleen” can be heard at 00:24:00 when Deegan hangs out with Moya (Hannah Herman Cortes); “Women of the Sidhe” plays again at 01:15:00.
  • “American Wake (The Nova Scotia Set)” by Mark Alfred, Zoe Conway, Tara Howley, Declan Masterson, Des Moore, Damien Mullane, Eoghan O’Neill, Bill Whelan, Brian Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra  (00:02:00): Students rehearse their dance moves. Liam hangs out with his buddies in the street. Keegan drives by on his bicycle.
  • “The Heart’s Cry” by The Riverdance Choir and the RTE Concert Orchestra (00:08:00): Grandad (Brosnan) passes away. The song scores a funeral sequence. Keegan worries about not being able to say goodbye.
  • “Reel Around the Sun” by Mark Alfred, Tommy Hayes, Tara Howley, Pat Mangan, Declan Masterson, Emma McPhilemy, Des Moore, Damien Mullane, Eoghan O’Neill, Nikola Parov, Bill Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra (00:09:00): Various dancers perform at Grandad’s funeral. Keegan exits a chapel and observes the celebration. Moya performs a dance solo as the Riverdance: The Animated Adventure soundtrack song continues.
  • “Marta’s Dance/The Russian Dervish” by Mark Alfred, Avi Avital, Zoe Conway, Ken Edge, Emma Frampton, Tara Howley, Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Mairtin O’Connor, Eoghan O’Neill, Peyo Peet and the RTE Concert Orchestra (00:15:00): Margot (Aisling Bea) takes Keegan to Sammie’s Sugar Shack. The music plays during a colorful montage sequence and can be heard again at 01:14:00.
  • “Heartland” by Mark Alfred, Zoe Conway, Declan Masterson, Emma McPhilemy, Damien Mullane, Mairtin O’Connor, Eoghan O’Neill, Bill Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra (00:31:00): The music scores a dancing sequence.
  • “Lift the Wings” by Declan Masterson, Seamus O Flatharta, Bill Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra (01:01:00): Keegan defeats The Huntsman (Brendan Gleeson). He rises from the sea and walks on water with the assistance of fish. Moya sings the the Riverdance: The Animated Adventure soundtrack song from atop a rock.
  • “Firedance” by Mark Alfred, Avi Avital, Tara Howley, Amos Lora, Emma McPhilemy, Des Moore, Eoghan O’Neill, Haley Richardson, Rafael Riqueni, Brian Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra (01:13:00): Keegan plays music at a St. Patrick’s Day party. He flips records as locals dance in the street. Moya takes the stage in a purple dress.
  • “Riverdance” by Mark Alfred, Cormac Breatnach, Tara Howley, Emma McPhilemy, Damien Mullane, Seamus O’Flatharta, Lynn Hilary, Emma McPhilemy, Desi Reynolds, Haley Richardson, Bill Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra (01:15:00): The St. Patrick’s Day party continues. Keegan spins records while his friends organize a line dance. The local wildlife participates in the performance.
  • “Light Me Up” by Lyra (01:17:00): The Riverdance: The Animated Adventure soundtrack song plays during the end credits.

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The Riverdance: The Animated Adventure soundtrack also includes:

  • “Trading Taps” by Mark Alfred, Pat Mangan, Emma McPhilemy, Eoghan O’Neill, Bill Whelan, Dave Whyte and the RTE Concert Orchestra
  • “Slip Into Spring/The Harvest” by Mark Alfred, Tara Howley, Pat Mangan, Emma McPhilemy, Des Moore, Damien Mullane, Eoghan O’Neill, Bill Whelan, Dave Whyte and the RTE Concert Orchestra
  • “Caoineadh Cu Chulainn” by Tara Howley and the RTE Concert Orchestra
  • “Fergal O’Gara & Red Haired Lass” by Emer Howley, Sharon Howley, Tara Howley and Gavin Coughlan
  • “Riverdance (Remix)” by Mark Alfred, Cormac Breatnach, Tara Howley, Emma McPhilemy, Damien Mullane, Seamus O Flatharta, Lynn Hilary, Eoghan O’Neill, Desi Reynolds, Haley Richardson, Bill Whelan and the RTE Concert Orchestra

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor and chief film critic.