Round River takes its name from Aldo Leopold’s metaphor for ecology of the mythical river that was not linear but circular, forever flowing around and back into itself. Welsh national park ecologist Mike Howe is inspired by the never-ending circle of nature to compose beautiful, heartfelt guitar melodies helping to foster a world in which the things that grow are love, spirituality, creativity, community, sustainable living and the healing of the Earth.
Round River has been nominated Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic by ZoneMusicReporter (formerly NewAgeReporter). It is also number four on Michael Debbage's Top 15 2010 Favorites and one of Kathy Parson’s Top 25 Favorites!
On his third solo album, Mars offers a fantasia of “visual” music. Drawing upon his vast experience with the Fairlight synthesizer, Mars has blended his trademark dynamic sounds with subtly mysterious effects and softer rhythms to create a labyrinth for the mind and heart. So appropriately titled, this album offers a true escape into the unfettered realm of the imagination.
Lush and bountiful, the sacred pulse of the earth resounds richly with gentle rhythms and melodies played by Mike Hamilton on his acoustic guitar, Richard Hardy on a variety of flutes and, of course, Grammy-nominated Peter Kater on piano.