The Far Field is a magical collection of music and song by Dr Thomas Johnston, created with pristine production values, evocative soundscapes and a roll-call of high calibre musicians, namely Seán McElwain (guitar), Shane Greene (keyboard), and Stephen Markham (sound design).
Receive your CD with a beautifully illustrated cover art booklet created by ShelkyBean. As you read the story of Farmer Lonán, you can play the tracks and bring his adventures to life through music and song. Afterwards, your story booklet folds out into a stunning A2 illustrated poster that is perfect for hanging on a child’s bedroom, preschool, or classroom wall.
Amongst the familiar and perhaps not-so-famliar fairy-related tunes on this album is an expertly crafted body of songs which combine the clever use of repetition, action words and playful onomatopoeia & alliteration.
The Far Field album was made possible by a Deis Recording and Publication Award from the Arts Council
A collection of newly composed traditional tunes and songs from ‘The Quiet Tree’, a traditional music, storytelling, and puppetry performance created especially for very young children.
Children AND their adults can explore the sounds of Whistleberry Forest, sing along with Ornaith the owl, and dance on the lily pads with Faoláin the funky frog!
Devised and produced by traditional musician, researcher, and educator Dr. Thomas Johnston (whistles and song), The Quiet Tree also features the magically musical talents of Stephen Markham (keyboard & sound design), and Seán Óg Graham (guitar).
Receive your CD on a beautifully illustrated and signed cover art poster created by Icelandic illustrator Thorey Mjallhvit (www.mjallhvit.is) to wonderfully depict The Quiet Tree story.
Children will have lots of fun discovering the hidden track numbers amongst the stars, in the pond, and behind the leaves! Printed on A2 heavy stock glossy paper, this poster is perfect for hanging on a child’s bedroom, preschool, or classroom wall. Additional PVC CD sleeve also included.
released January 29, 2017
Thomas Johnston: whistles/vocals
Stephen Markham: keyboard
Seán Óg Graham: guitar
Recorded at Bannview Studios, Co. Antrim
Mixed by Seán Óg Graham
Mastered by Richard Dowling
All tunes and lyrics composed by Thomas Johnston except Bill Malley’s in Track 6
Music and Sound Design by Stephen Markham
Arranged by Thomas Johnston and Stephen Markham
Illustration by Thorey Mjallhvit www.mjallhvit.is
Produced by Ceol Connected
A collection of mesmerising traditional music and singalong songs researched and created especially for children by Dr. Thomas Johnston. Filled with seasonal story-based songs and memorable characters, and featuring a host of renowned musicians.
“… a perfect introduction to Irish traditional music for little ones”
Sara Keating, The Irish Times
“an expertly crafted body of songs and tunes… pristine… evocative… clever… captivating”
Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio 1
Every winter in Whistleberry Forest, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures of the forest their very own wish – they can wish for whatever they want! From dripping icicles to gentle snowfall, the delight of skating on an icy river or flying high on a moonlit night, discover Whistleberry Forest in this mesmerising album of tradiitonal music and singalong songs created especially for children.
Featuring a host of renowned musicians including Thomas Johnston (whistles, vocals, shruti), Samantha Harvey (keyboard), Seán McElwain (guitar), Stephen Markham (sound design), Síle Denvir (harp), and Trevor Hutchinson (bass)
Produced by Ceol Connected with the support of Arts Council Ireland.