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Celtic Journey

by Christopher Dean

Fingerstyle guitar that evokes the very soul of Celtic spirit and emotion.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ready for the Storm
4:08 $0.99
2. Bonny at Morn
4:51 $0.99
3. Skyeman's Jig / The Brides Jig / Slieve Russel
3:09 $0.99
4. Greensleeves
3:51 $0.99
5. The Foggy Dew
4:46 $0.99
6. Skye Boat Song
3:41 $0.99
7. Scarborough Fair
4:00 $0.99
8. By Yon Bonnie Banks (Loch Lomond)
3:58 $0.99
9. An Drochaid Chluiteach / Swallow's Tail / MacFadden's Reel
3:16 $0.99
10. Back Home in Derry
4:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Celtic Journey" is Christopher Dean's 3rd album release since 2000. This album presents a nice mix of instrumental Irish, Scottish, and English contemporary and traditional folk music.

Chris' first album, "Highland Heritage" is a collection of Irish and Scottish tunes performed on solo guitar. His second album "The Gael" presents the guitar and the addition of percussion, bass, mandolin, and second guitar on some selections. It also includes the first recorded guitar arrangement of Dougie MacLean's fiddle tune "The Gael", which attained notoriety (and a gold record for MacLean) for its inclusion in the sound track from the movie "The Last of the Mohicans".

"Celtic Journey" also includes the MacLean hit tune "Ready for the Storm", in it's first recording of an instrumental arrangement for guitar. Joining Dean on this album is Irish multi-instrumentalist Brian Baynes, and world renown/award winning Highland Bag Piper, Aaron Shaw (Wicked Tinkers).

This album truly is a "Celtic Journey" as it takes you from the hauntingly beautiful Northumbrian "Bonny at Morn", to the English folk tune from the middle ages, "Scarborough Fair". From ballistic Scottish jigs and reels to Irish laments. This is a musical journey that you'll want in your collection of Celtic music.

REVIEW - Celtic Journey
"...American finger-picking guitarist heads up a collection of Irish and Scottish tunes and airs. The difference is that many of his choices are songs, including Bobby Sand's "Back Home in Derry". These turn up trumps, his subtlety of touch working wonders; he can jig it too, but it is the song airs where he reigns supreme."

Ian Kearey, Folk Roots (fRoots) Magazine, London, England

REVIEW - Celtic Journey
"...I listen to "Celtic Journey" repeatedly and I can only say it is a superb album. To be frank I thought it was the "usual" album of guitar music but that is something different. Christopher is in fact surely an excellent guitar player, with a very soft and bright touch, but it seems he prefer more complex and subtle arrangements creating a quite and delightful climate from the first to the last note, even when the rhythm is a little bit more fast. I was really impressed by his work so that be sure "Celtic Journey" will be a favorite of mine in my radio show of folk & roots here!"

Massimo Ferro, Radio Voce Spazio 93.8 FM, San Michele, Alessandria, Italy

REVIEW - Celtic Journey
"If there's any truth to the old saying, "You can tell a lot about a man by the work he does," then Christopher Dean is a well-rounded, confident-but-not-flashy man of substance."

"Listening to his third solo album, Celtic Journey, is the equivalent of lying in the soft green grass on one of Scotlands rolling hills. The music commands control of all your senses, easing your mind back into a clamer place."

"Complicated, intricate chord patterns push along every track, and there's not a minute left unmastered. Dean takes the time to let his nimble fingers execute each measure delicately. As a result, he installs meaning, clout, and pride into each song."

"Even though this is an album ba
cked by impressive credentials, with expert production from an artist who obviously did his homework, what makes it enjoyable to listen to is the beauty of music. None of the qualifications matter, just the work. Celtic Journey is all substance."

Kate Kowsh, The San Diego Troubadour
REVIEW - Celtic Journey
"...Listning to the complex harmonies that Dean playes on
"Skye Boat Song", with simultanious lilting melodicism and full chording, or the delicacy which he lends to the Northumbrian tune "Bonny at Morn" is to know that this is, above all else, a guitar record."

"..."Loch Lomond" is a beautiful song that sounds spry and stately in his capable hands."

Dave Soyars, The Irish Herald/The New Irish Gael

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Tom Lindsey

Celtic Journey -- Best yet!
I have been listening to Chris Dean's music for over 12 years and I can say, without hesitation, that he just keeps getting better! The more you listen to Chris, the more you can feel the intensity with which he plays. Once in awhile you can even hear his old banjo style come through. His song selection is excellent; a nice blend of light and profound, but not over-done. His CD's are always a joy to play and I find them rewarding on many levels. Anyone who is interested in fingerstyle guitar or celtic music would be well advised to add Chris Dean to their collection. They will discover a bonanza of fascinating and soulful music.