A rich, instrumental recording featuring nine Christmas carols and two original compositions by the acclaimed American/Irish duo, Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning with violinist, Wendy Goodwin.
Included with the digital download are two live bonus tracks featuring Johnson, Dunning & Goodwin in concert.
Jeff Johnson: Keys & percussion
Brian Dunning: Flutes, pennywhistles, bodhran & accordion
Wendy Goodwin: Violin
Tim Ellis: Guitars
Phil Baker: Bass
Mike Snyder: Additional percussion
Music Reviews –
...The duo has made some of my favorite Christmas music over the years, beginning with several tracks on Windham Hill's Winter Solstice and Christmas samplers to their own albums like the haunting A Quiet Knowing Christmas. With Under the Wonder Sky, they've thrown the log on the fire of yet another near perfect seasonal recording. Whether you celebrate Christmas with spiritual intent or just love the quiet mood and reflective atmosphere of the winter season, Under the Wonder Sky is a perfect soundtrack.
– John Diliberto / Echoes
Hear the Echoes audio feature:
...Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning have teamed up once again to produce a stellar album of Christmas music. Their earlier Christmas collections, A Quiet Knowing Christmas and Stars In The Morning East, get plenty of play around my house during December. Now I have a new favorite: Under The Wonder Sky.
This album contains eleven instrumental Christmas pieces. Nine are familiar carols. Two are original compositions. All of the songs combine a variety of instruments in an enticing, inspiring, and quieting Celtic genre. Wendy Goodwin's violin playing adds the perfect touch.
I love Christmas carols and songs. And there are time when I'm happy to blast a choral version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" or Nat King Cole singing "The Christmas Song." But sometimes, especially in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I'd rather put on some quiet instrumental music, something the calm my nerves or enrich my devotions. Under The Wonder Sky is this kind of musical collection.
– Mark Roberts / blog.beliefnet.com
released September 7, 2010
Produced and engineered by Jeff Johnson
Recorded and mixed at The Ark / Camano Island, WA
Additional recording at:
Jacordi Studio / County Kildare, Ireland
Bakeman Studios / Portland, OR
Drumloops Studios / Portland, OR
Additional sounds by Spectrasonics
Mastered by Golden Mastering / Ventura, CA
℗ 2010 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic
Arrangements by Johnson, Dunning and Goodwin
Arrangements and original compositions
© 2010 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(See individual track listings for complete information)
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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Cover art by Michael O’Brien (www.studiobrien.com
Design by Court Patton (www.pattonbros.com
Brian Dunning’s concert flute made by Abell Flutes / Asheville, NC
Dedicated to Dick & Nigel, friends around the ‘kindlings hearth.’
"Under The Wonder Sky" is also available on iTunes and Amazon.