Inspired by Stephen R. Lawhead's King Raven Trilogy, this full-length CD compiles all of the songs from the critically acclaimed King Raven EPs Vols. 1 & 2 with four additional compositions. Nearly one hour of music, the American/Irish duo of Johnson and Dunning offer an inspired modern Celtic soundtrack to accompany Lawhead's fresh telling of the Robin Hood legend.
Jeff Johnson: Keys, percussion & vocal
Brian Dunning: Flutes, whistles, accordion, bodhran & vocal percussion
Tim Ellis: Acoustic & electric guitars
Phil Baker: Bass
Gwen Franz: Viola & violin
Jozef Lupták: Cello
May the shielding of the Three guard thy steps:
The Three who stand over thee,
The Three who stand below thee,
The Three who stand beside thee -
At every turning, at every passing,
At every track and path, ridge and valley,
May the shielding of the Three be guarding thee
From hate, from harm, from act, from ill,
From the wiles of evil enemies in this world and all others whithersoever thou goest.
– Angharad's Travelling Prayer
Text © 2008 Stephen R. Lawhead
From Tuck - Book 3 of the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead
WestBow Publishing / Used with permission.
Music Reviews –
. . . modern Celtic music at its best that hails back to the ambient style Johnson & Dunning mastered in the Songs from Albion series. Once again, Jeff and Brian draw their inspiration from author Stephen R. Lawhead and his King Raven Trilogy, a paradigm-busting look at the life of Robin Hood.
This is a literary "soundtrack" of sometimes meditative, sometimes energetic - but always otherworldly music - including the keyboard, bass, viola, bodhran, and Irishman Dunning's expert handling of the whistles and flute.
– Kevin M. Williams / Renaissance Magazine
. . . music of deep adventure which sets a fitting mood for the Stephen Lawhead series.
– Anne Williams / NAR
Johnson's and Dunning's take on "contemporary Celtic" music is one of the more unique and enjoyable being released today. Whether spirited ("Elder World," "Raven Dance"), orchestral ("Black Arrows"), romantic ("Merian's Theme") or haunting ("The Forest"), these artists are clearly at the top of their game.
– Bill Binkelman / NAR
released October 21, 2008
Produced, engineered & mixed by Jeff Johnson
Recorded & mixed at The Ark / Camano Island, WA
Additional recording at:
The Kung Fu Bakery / Portland, OR
Bakeman Studios / Portland, OR
Jacordi Studio / County Kildare, Ireland (Brian Dunning, engineer)
Mastered by Golden Mastering / Ventura, CA
Music by Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning except “The King Of Love” and “Down By The Glenside” which are both traditional Irish melodies.
℗ © 2006, 2007, 2008 Ark Records, Inc. / Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI).
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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Lyrics on “The Fire Song (Love’s Pure Light)" by Stephen R. Lawhead
© 2006 by the author and used with permission
Cover art & design by Court Patton (www.pattonbros.com
Brian Dunning’s concert flute was made by Abell Flutes ~ Ashville, NC
Many thanks to Allen, WestBow, our families and SRL.
For Dieter, Val & the sons of Zander.
"King Raven, Vols. 1 - 3" is also available on iTunes and Amazon.