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Irish Mist

by Richard Dillon

A collection of Celtic-flavored original compositions and arrangements.
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Irish Mist
3:22 $0.99
2. Mother Ireland
3:59 $0.99
3. Smiles
3:11 $0.99
4. My Bed Is a Boat
3:10 $0.99
5. Shadows on the Wall
3:31 $0.99
6. Freckles
2:41 $0.99
7. Dancing on the Light
4:41 $0.99
8. Dying of the Light
3:07 $0.99
9. A Different Time a Different Place
3:13 $0.99
10. Skye Boat
4:26 $0.99
11. Into the Mines
4:58 $0.99
12. Wild Mountain Thyme
4:12 $0.99
13. Mother's Eyes
4:23 $0.99
14. The Long Goodbye
3:04 $0.99
15. Deidres Dance
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Album Notes
Travel to a different time, a different place: Visit a coal mine, dance on the moors, pick thyme on a mountain and sail a boat. Look into a mother’s eyes; dance on the light, watch it die and say a long goodbye.



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Dyan Garris

Lovely Solo Piano
The tenth album, and recent CD release by solo pianist Richard Dillon, is “Irish Mist.” Dillon continues on here in his distinctive “Neo-Impressionistic” style, this time with a bit of Celtic flair.
The album is fifteen tracks, including a few crossovers from his previous release, “The Land of Nod: Lullabies for the Listless.” “Irish Mist,” a tribute to his recently crossed over mother, is a great impression of the cycles of life. Consequently, there is some sadness. And there is also some happiness, lightheartedness, and joy. Although not terribly complex in melodic structure, the songs are pleasant and lovely, sweeping us along gently into a wistful, reflective, dreamlike journey.
Here in “Irish Mist” Dillon leads us on a journey where we have opportunity to be transported to a different time and place, perhaps one simpler and more peaceful in nature than the one we currently find ourselves engaging in. With his “Neo-Impressionism” piano artistry, Richard paints us a watercolor landscape that includes visiting a mine, dancing on the light, and sailing away on a boat.
“Smiles,” track 3, and “Freckles,” track 6, are playful and lighthearted. “Dancing on the Light,” track 7, is one of my particular favorites, and one in which you can feel the actual lightness and freedom of your spirit. Dillon’s timing, keyboard expertise, and composition skills really shine through here. This is a truly charming track that you may find yourself listening to again and again. “Dying of the Light” which follows on track 8, is a somber juxtaposition. However, it is lovely in its own unique way.
Of particular note is track 11, “Into the Mines,” which steps out of the box and incorporates some interesting percussive elements in the way of antique mining equipment. Dueling violins also are interwoven, making an eclectic, provocative mix.
In whole, “Irish Mist” is a quite pleasant album for solo piano lovers, and a fine one to add to your collection.
Music Review by Dyan Garris for New Age

Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Irish Mist is the tenth album from Seattle-based pianist and composer Richard Dillon, as well as the follow-up to his likewise recent solo piano release, Land of Nod. Rich in both ancient myth and tradition, the Emerald Isle has long been a source of fascination for many people and common inspiration among composers, painters and poets. Dedicated to Dillon’s mother, who recently passed away at the age of ninety-eight, the album elegantly showcases fifteen gentle compositions, which are imbued with a touch of nostalgia and often possess a subtle Celtic feel.

The opening piece, "Irish Mist", is both delicate and lullaby-like as it gently tiptoes about in the higher registers. Tending towards the lighter and subtly sweet side of the atmospheric spectrum, Dillon’s music exudes a warm innocence conveyed by a simple elegance that seemingly evokes imagery of home, family and childhood memories. Continuing in this homebound mode is “Máthair Éireann (Mother Ireland”, which feels evocative of being in an old-fashioned manor or parlor as it recalls a bygone era. One of my favorite pieces on the album is “Shadows on the Wall”, which conveys a sense of solitude, observation and contemplation, as it proceeds in minor key on the higher register. The most notable standout on the album is perhaps “Into the Mines”, which begins with a whistling sound and accompanying machinery that re-emerges throughout its course. Susan Burke plays a lovely violin melody in tandem with a flowing piano arrangement, which further lends the piece a distinctively Celtic flavor. Likewise, there’s a melancholic essence about this composition, one that seemingly alludes to that of labor and hardship. Also particularly noteworthy is “Mother’s Eyes”, a most heartwarming and tender composition that feels wistfully nostalgic. Undoubtedly an ode to Dillon’s own mother, a lovely black-and-white photo from her youth also appears on the album’s inner sleeve in a gesture which I found to be particularly touching. Another favorite is the aptly-named “Deidres Dance”, which concludes the album with a beautiful ballet-like melody that’s also laced with a Celtic bent.

Overall low-key yet expressively melodic, I found Irish Mist to be an even more engaging and enjoyable listen than its similarly soothing predecessor. Unobtrusive and down-to-earth, Richard Dillon mostly extends a softer touch to the keys of his lovely melodies, which are sure to bring comfort and relaxation to both adults and children alike!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Irish Mist" is pianist/composer Richard Dillon’s tenth solo piano album and is dedicated to the memory of his mother “who blessed everyone around her for 98 years.” All fifteen pieces on the album are gentle, warm, and melodic, and several have a sweetly nostalgic feeling. It’s a wonderful album for winding down, relaxing, or to have in the background while reading, working or any other quiet activities. Susan Burke appears on violin on one track. The album was recorded at Piano Haven Studio on a Shigeru Kawai grand piano and was mastered by Joe Bongiorno. The piano sound is rich and gorgeous!

Based in Seattle, Richard Dillon started playing the piano as a very young child and earned three of his five college degrees in music. He started composing music about four years ago and is a part of both Whisperings Solo Piano Radio and Enlightened Piano Radio.

" Irish Mist" begins with the title track, a very delicate and expressive musical gem that sets the quiet mood of the album and then trails off “into the mist.” “Mathair Eireann (Mother Ireland)” evokes images of rolling green hills, rocky shores, and days gone by - something of a folk song-without-words. “Smiles” lightly dances on the piano keys with a gentle warmth and grace. “My Bed Is a Boat” has a beautiful bittersweet melody and a softly moving rhythm. A few passages are a bit more turbulent, as I’m sure some nights sleeping on a boat would be! “Shadows On the Wall” has a haunting, mysterious feeling that is also very melancholy - a favorite. The lighthearted “Freckles” is a playful charmer. “Dying of the Light” has a very peaceful, dusky feeling that can envelop you like a warm blanket - another favorite. “Into the Mines” is very different and includes the sounds of antiquated mining equipment that dates back to the days when mining was done by hand. This fascinating piece also includes Susan Burke on violin and has a very strong Celtic spirit. The simplicity and sincerity of “Wild Mountain Thyme” tell a story that creates visions of a peaceful landscape without the use of words - beautiful! Tender and poignant, “The Long Goodbye” shares a deeply personal experience in a way that only music can. “Deirdre’s Dance” brings this beautiful and loving tribute album to a quiet close.

I fully expect that "Irish Mist" will be nominated for a number of awards for 2017 - and very deservedly so! It’s a beauty from the first note to the last! Highly recommended!

Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music
We travelled to the realm of sleep with Richard Dillon on his last release The Land of Nod. This time we traverse the barriers of emotion, love and memory on his latest album Irish Mist. Irish Mist is a tribute to his mother who passed earlier this year.
The beginning of our journey to the emerald isle starts with the mournful, but quite breath taking title track Irish Mist. This powerful and thoughtful composition sets the scene perfectly.
On Mother Ireland, we have a heartfelt moment of solemnity, but one that if you turn away, has a little cheeky sense of fun built in as well. The track Smiles follows and is a light filled opus of gentleness, there is a real childlike quality here that has to be admired.
The curiously entitled My Bed is a Boat entranced me and is one of the most beautiful performances from the album; the dream like quality of the performance is truly charming.
As a pianist in the solo piano genre Richard Dillon, is among many others, in a genre that is jam packed with artists, but Dillon works really hard at establishing his own identity and on Shadows on the Wall that can be seen in stunning evidence. This one comes from his last album The Land of Nod and reminds us all of our childhood, laying in the dark and watching the shadows dance across the night walls of sleep.
We lighten the mood now with the light hearted Freckles, an almost dance like melody runs through this piece, and then we fall head long into the arms of Dancing on the Light, which has a beautiful narrative to its energy, and at times reminds me a little of the work of David Lanz as Dillon creates great movement within this composition.
Almost the alter ego of the previous offering, Dying of the Light gives us a sensitive and emotional performance that is amazingly touching and deeply moving, perhaps even a performance for the end of days.
We now drift with ease in the second half of the album and come across a track called A Different Time, A Different Place. There is something quite cinematic about this offering, but also something very memory filled too and another deeply moving opus can be found here.
On Skye Boat we can really feel the Celtic influence in his new arrangement, in a track that must have many memories for us all. Our musical boat then takes us to the shore, where we can wander in the Wild Mountain Thyme. I once heard the Strawbs perform this song, and I love it as much now as I did then, this is a quite sparkling arrangement from the artist.
There is always going to be a special place in the heart, mind and soul for the person who gave us life, our mothers. Here, on this respectful composition, we have a piece, performed beautifully, with a touch of heart and a glint in the eye, Mothers Eyes is an anthem to all who have cherished us with that motherly love.
The Long Goodbye is a sombre reminder that while life seemingly lasts forever, it is over within the flicker of a flame, and we must make the most of each spark, of each day. Here Dillon plays with his heart on his sleeve and produces a poignant and expressive piece that expresses his feelings perfectly.
We have been on a journey with Richard Dillion to the emerald Isle and through the Irish Mists and now we find ourselves at the penultimate offering on the album called Deidre’s Dance. Once more the artist plays with a musical memory box, and as we listen we may be forgiven for joining in the dance as well, on this very fluently performed composition.
It is now time for us to leave this realm created by Richard Dillion but before we go, he would like to present to us with one last musical gift before we depart, it is called Into the Mines, and it actually contains a sound sample of a lift door to the mines opening at the start. Listen carefully to this one, the narrative draws you in deep, very deep into the mine, until you find yourself digging as well, the strings here really added a great depth to the piece, which was one of my personal favourites off the album.
Richard Dillon has accomplished one of the hardest things to do, and that’s to produce an album in memory of a loved one, but he has turned a heart rendering and emotional situation into a release of cathartic genius. This whole album is played with complete honesty and love and anyone who adores the solo piano genre, will be very eager to make Irish Mist a part of their musical collection.