A Quiet Knowing – Canticles For The Heart

by Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & John Fitzpatrick

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Featuring twelve instrumental renditions of ten traditional and two contemporary hymns containing strong Celtic and Appalachian influences. A soul-stirring listening experience for both those familiar or not familiar with the melodies and words attributed to these tunes.

Ruth Bell Graham's favorite hymns...
May 1999 in Asheville, North Carolina, at Ruth Bell Graham's (aka Mrs. Billy Graham) 80th birthday party hosted by novelist, Patricia Cornwell and film star, Andie MacDowell, guests were introduced to some very special music by a group of musicians from around the globe. Keyboardist/composer, Jeff Johnson, was joined by his long-time collaborator, Brian Dunning, the world renowned flutist from Dublin, Ireland. Violinist John Fitzpatrick from Belfast, Northern Ireland also appeared along with Portland, Oregon guitarist, Tim Ellis. The four are featured on, A Quiet Knowing - Canticles For The Heart.

Featuring –
Jeff Johnson: Keyboard & Vocals
Brian Dunning: Flute
John Fitzpatrick: Violin
Jami Sieber: Cello
Tim Ellis: Guitar
Gregg Williams: Percussion
Phil Baker: Bass

Music Review –

These canticles for the heart are steeped in Celtic and Appalachian influence. The instrumentalists went to painstaking trouble to make the sound as authentic as possible. Using a variety of flutes, whistles, and accordion, Brian Dunning's expertise is truly an added bonus. John Fitzpatrick's violin and viola on songs like "The Ninety and Nine" is superb. Gregg Williams' percussion is flawless and never overbearing, while the guitars of Tim Ellis and the bass of Phil Baker fill the pieces beautifully. Add to this outstanding mix piano and keyboards from Jeff and cello from Jami Sieber, and the result is simply breathtaking.

It doesn't matter if you don't know all the lyrics to these hymns. There's something much deeper to be felt in each rendition. Something inspiring, something spiritually uplifting, cleansing and soothing, that touches the heart and soul. This is truly remarkable music! – JT's Music Reviews


released May 15, 2000

Produced, recorded & mixed by Jeff Johnson at The Ark / Camano Island, WA USA

Additional recording at:
Jacordi Studio / Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
Brian Dunning, engineer
Green Dolphin / Belfast, Northern Ireland
Patrick Dalgety & Jeff Johnson, engineers
The Arlington / Portland, OR USA
Gregg Williams & Jeff Johnson, engineers
Kung Fu Bakery Annex / Portland, OR USA
Jeff Johnson, engineer

Mastered by John Golden

Executive producers: Jeff Johnson & Stephen Griffith
String arrangements by John Fitzpatrick

℗ 2000 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic
Music & arrangements © 2000 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(see individual tracks for additional information)
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John Fitzpatrick plays a 1999 violin by Peter Boardman / Donaghadee Co. Down
Brian Dunning’s flute made by Chris Abell / Asheville, NC
Tim Ellis’ guitar was custom built by Robert Steinegger

Cover art "Psalm 1" by Kathy Hastings ©1999 D&K Studios
Design by Court Patton (www.pattonbros.com)

With special thanks to Mrs. Graham.


"A Quiet Knowing" is also available on iTunes and Amazon.


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ArkMusic recording artist, composer, producer, and Selah worship leader has released numerous solo recordings along with collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning inspired by Stephen Lawhead's novels and guitarist, Phil Keaggy. View Jeff's complete discography here: www.selahservice.com/2015/05/jeff-johnsons-arkmusic-discography/ ... more

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