Celtic Skies is the third album from Irish composer/pianist/keyboardist Eamonn Karran. This album sees the artist moving in a somewhat different direction with female vocals on several tracks (in English). Karan provides all of the instrumentation except for Craig Karolus’ orchestration on one track and Robert Peoples’ violin on two others. Karran’s focus in his music is to offer help and healing for those who need it, and much of the music on this album speaks of loss and longing.
Falling Water Shimmering Strings is the fourth release from guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Haugen and his first album on the Real Music label. He has toured and performed extensively as a sideman and has also worked on a number of film scores. Haugen’s passion for surfing and yoga inspired the music on this album, which consists of seven original tracks that vary in length from about 4 1/2 minutes to a bit over 15 minutes, allowing time for the music to evolve and go where it wants.
Distant Sun is the debut of Irish composer/pianist/keyboardist Eamonn Karran on the Real Music label. Introduced to the piano at the age of seven, Karran taught himself to play by listening to music on the radio and finding the keys for the notes he was hearing. With excursions into electronic and ambient space music, a chance hearing of a beautiful piano solo in a restaurant in 1994 brought him back to the piano. Most of the original compositions on Distant Sun are a combination of piano and synthesizers plus the inclusion of uilleann pipes on two of the eleven tracks.
With Howe’s impressive debut being released back in 2009, every single year he has come up with a new shining jewel to add to his recording treasure chest. However, 2012 represented the first year that Howe was unable to maintain this ridiculous recording pace. Instead, he finally skipped a year with Heading West receiving a formal release in the year of 2013 as well as probably one of his finest recordings to date.