A very personal album reflective of traditional Irish roots with contemporary arrangements blending piano and uilleann pipes, masterfully woven with hauntingly beautiful vocals in “Requiem” and “The River” to celebrate past, present, and hopes and dreams for the future.
If you’re a fan of the Celtic genre this is a must for you, but if you like to hear really good music, arranged, produced and performed exceptionally, do your ears a favor and buy this album as quickly as you can. —One World Music
Just as the Rowen Ash spreads its shading branches, Karran has branched out on his third release, laying soulful Irish female vocals down alongside piano, uilleann pipes, drums, and synthesizer, providing a carpet of comfort to the listener. Opening with the longing-filled sounds of “Irish Skies,” through to the introspective, closing strains of “Late Night Piano,” Karran once again presents us with an ineffable escape, Celtic style, in Celtic Skies.
Karran’s piano work here is delicate, strong, and always interesting” —NeuFutur Magazine
The hauntingly beautiful “Fairy Dance” sets the mystical tone that permeates Karran’s second album, which evokes the ancient Celtic roots of his Northern Ireland homeland. Tempo and spirit liven as uilleann pipes, drums and synthesizer embellish “An Grainan,” while the penultimate “Ease My Mind” will surely awaken the oft’ times elusive art of letting go that we all crave.
[There] is something refreshing and utterly unique that makes this disc into one of the best we’ve reviewed in the last 12 months.” —NeuFuture Magazine
Through heart and hands a British guitarist interprets his American travels.
“Occasionally it's good to give oneself up to a particular landscape in your experience, to wonder upon it, to dwell upon it and to listen to the people who made their mark on it. It isn't simply the sublime thrill of moving through magnificent plains, mountain ranges, valleys and cities. It could be the sigh of the wind through juniper trees, or the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset, or the smell of an old wooden church on a quiet street. Distinctive music often defines cultures that have emerged from such a landscape, and so drawing on folk, gospel and jazz influences, these songs are reflections and dreams from my journey.” —Mike Howe