Johnson, Dunning & Goodwin – Under The Wonder Sky
The music of Jeff Johnson has been purchased, enjoyed and discussed by this music lover for at least twenty years. Mr. Johnson has crafted many solo, vocal, instrumental, themed, special occasion and collaborative albums in diverse genres over three decades. Many of these I still go back to even in ancient cassette format. The style most appreciated is found in his Celtic releases; often as soundscapes for the epic novels of Stephen Lawhead. He makes his home and studio in the Pacific Northwest and these beautiful environs most certainly inspire the tone and texture of his compositions. I have heard Mr. Johnson perform on keyboard twice at the Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois, to accompany readings from Mr. Lawhead. Each occasion was a moving and stirring experience with the added pleasure of flutist Brian Dunning, a member of the Celtic group, Nightnoise. The craft and art of Mr. Johnson is appreciated by many in the ‘know’, yet in my estimation, by not nearly enough! Check out his website for all his available works and music samples. His latest release, ‘Under The Wonder Sky’, is a stimulating instrumental album of Christmas favorites and some original compositions you will enjoy. Let me know your thoughts and the very best to each of you!
Jeff Johnson — Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
From Arkmusic.com — This rich, instrumental recording features nine Christmas carols and two original compositions by the acclaimed American/Irish duo, Jeff Johnson (keys & percussion) and Brian Dunning (flutes, pennywhistles, bodhran & accordion) joined by violinist, Wendy Goodwin. The contemporary Celtic trio takes listeners on a glorious winter’s evening journey with musical contributions from Tim Ellis (guitars), Phil Baker (bass) and percussionist, Mike Snyder.