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Strength – Homespun Lockdown Version

Last year we released ‘Strength’ on our album ‘Storyteller’. Somehow this song took on a new relevance in light of the challenging times we now find ourselves in.

Here is Espen Grotheim singing a stripped down, home version. Let’s be strong for each other.

 

 

New Release: 25th Anniversary of our Eurovision Win

Dear Friends!

We hope that you are all safe and managing to hold strong during this unprecedented time in history. We’ve decided that we won’t let it stand in the way of us celebrating triumphs in our lives. So, in that spirit, we have exciting news for you!

2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of our Eurovision win in 1995. So, we are celebrating with a new Secret Garden collection! “Nocturne: The 25th Anniversary Collection” is set for release next Friday, May 8th. The album will be a retrospective collection of our music, alongside new acoustic performances, and musical rarities.

Opening with and named after the plaintive, evocative Eurovision-winning ‘Nocturne’, the collection spans our whole career. Our music has always been about storytelling, ‘stories without words’ if you will. This collection tells a story that’s spanned 25 years.

The retrospective wouldn’t be complete without the original and first ever recording of “You Raise Me Up”, a song that we recorded for the first time with Brian Kennedy singing in 2001, and which now stands alongside over 1,000 others, in 40 different languages.

For us our music is all about chemistry. It’s as if we have our own invisible musical bond between the two of us, the band and you!! It’s always been like that from day one. We feel the 25th anniversary of that bond _is_ worth celebrating! … and we truly hope that you will celebrate with us.

Here’s the brand new solo piano version of our track “Adagio”

And, you can pre-order the album HERE

 

A Lock-Down Video Greeting From Secret Garden

Dear Friends,

We wanted to check in again with you in this uncertain and difficult time in the world. We’re all in this together and we need to take care of each other. All of us in Secret Garden felt that the way that we could best do our part was to send you some music to soothe your soul and raise your spirits! Remember, this too will pass.

It’ll be awhile until we can play concerts, but until then, here is our lock-down performance of “Flow” from each of our homes in Norway and Ireland.

We sincerely hope that our music can be positive force in your life “these days”. Enjoy, Stay Calm and Stay Safe!!

More Words to Our Fans in These Trying Times

Thank you to All of You, for the great responses you gave us to our video, “Reflection”, last week.
We were so inspired by you, that we decided to make a new video this week.

So, here is our ‘lock-down entertainment’ for you inspired by the season, “Serenade to Spring”.

To Our Fans in These Trying Times

We can’t travel and can’t perform during these strange times.
The only way to keep musical sanity is by sharing with you here cyber space.
We’ve recorded “Reflection” – Fionnuala in her home in Dublin and Rolf in his in Norway.
It’s the “Just the Two of Us” version – filmed on cell phones and edited into a little pastiche.

Enjoy and Stay Safe & Healthy and together we’ll make it through this. Rolf & Fionnuala

Words For Our Manager Barry Matheson

Dear Friends,

The following are personal letters from each of us to our dear but now departed manager Barry Matheson. We wanted to share them with you as he was, for over 20 years, as much an integral part of Secret Garden off-stage as we are on-stage.

Barry Matheson Fionnuala Sherry og Rolf Løvland. Foto: Tom Egil Jensen / VG / NTB

Fionnuala’s words

This month we made our final farewell to our manager, friend and partner Barry Matheson. Barry fought a long battle with cancer and his strength and determination helped to delay its outcome for the past 3 years.

As our manager for 21 years, Barry opened many doors and opportunities that we could never have imagined. Nothing was an obstacle for him and his huge belief in us and his amazing ability to never take no as an answer meant that we were the first Norwegian signed act to travel the globe as much as we have done. Everybody loved Barry and to travel with him was an experience in itself. By the time we would board our plane he already was on familiar names and terms with the ground staff, ensuring our very overweight baggage was on board! – and throughout the flights, his charm continued with the crew. On arrival, he would always know every detail of the local record company staff and promotion team just ensuring a safe and easy passage for us all.

Traveling with Barry was fun and hassle-free and still now when there have been flight delays or cancellations we wish we could call him as Barry could fix anything, and in the process was a soothing and caring presence that took all the stress away.

Apart from his natural charm Barry was incredibly well dressed for every occasion, Beautifully tailored suits, shirts pocket handkerchiefs with a briefcase full of any emergency items you might need. It was always lovely to watch him work a crowd or a reception, he could be spotted from afar as been the most well dressed and vivacious person in the room. He was so outgoing and fun that we could hide behind him when we were exhausted from performing.

As a friend and partner, there was nothing we could not call Barry about, and at any time of day or night 7 days a week, Barry never switched off – he was always there for us. When my father died in 1996 it seemed that Barry quietly stepped into that role, guiding me throughout the years, being at the other end of the phone whenever I needed to talk, being a mentor and best friend. For my 40th birthday, Barry bought me a diamond bracelet, which I treasured so much and wore it continuously. So much so that due to wear and tear it eventually broke and I had it remodeled into my now wedding eternity ring. I love that wedding ring which is a constant reminder of Barry, and a lovely comfort and memory every morning when I put it on.

Barry understood the importance of family and relationships enjoying his time with his amazing wife Berit, siblings, children and grandchildren all that he was so proud of. He encouraged me always to have time with my family and kept up with the minutiae of all of our everyday lives even though he had such a busy schedule.

Barry was very much recognized as a hugely important influential person within the Norwegian Music industry not to mind his chair role of Rotary International, that it’s hard to believe he could also be our partner and manager in Secret Garden. His capacity was endless.
For us to lose Barry after all these years is like a wheel has come off.
He was our partner, best friend and manager and his loss is immense.
He has gone but will never be forgotten.

Bless you Barry and Thank you.
Fionnuala

 

Rolf’s Words

We’ve always been close to Barry – nearly every day for two decades. He was the “total” manager caring about every aspect of our professional lives – and far beyond. Maybe the past couple of years, after Barry retired due to illness, I realized how much I depended on him. His knowledge and experience were priceless; his energy and ambition inspired us to be our best; his respect for everyone and his gentleman-like demeanor always made us proud of him. So we realized more than ever how dear he was to us when he was no longer there.

Last year we released our album ‘Storyteller’ and in the booklet, we wrote a special dedication:

”A special thank you to Barry Matheson for being our manager for the past 20 years. It’s been a journey of extraordinary guidance and fatherly care for us – both professionally and personally – now coming to an end by this album. We can never thank you enough. We dedicate this album to you with our deepest gratitude and love”.

Thank you from bottom of my heart Barry,
Rest in Peace.

Rolf

BARRY MATHESON, SECRET GARDEN’S LONGTIME MANAGER HAS PASSED AWAY

Barry Matheson t.v. , Fionnuala Sherry og Rolf Løvland. Foto: Tom Egil Jensen / VG / NTB

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our manager, partner and dear friend Barry Matheson. Over 20 years of love support and guidance . We miss him so very much.

Dancing with the Stars to Secret Garden’s “Nocturne”

“Nocturne” has a  new platform!

2020 is the 25th anniversary of Secret Gardens Eurovision win with Nocturne in 1995.

The host of that Eurovision was the wonderful Irish TV presenter Mary Kennedy. Mary is competing in Irelands Dancing with the Stars and she choose Nocturne to perform her dance routine last night in Dublin.
With her dancing partner and choreographer John Nolan they performed a stunning waltz.
It was great fun and an honour to be invited with hubby as Mary and John’s guests to see this amazing and emotional performance.
A lovely start to the year for us and a welcome relief from the daily routine of dealing with breast cancer treatment.

Hopefully it won’t be so long now before I can start performing it again.!!
Fionnuala x”

SECRET GARDEN CANCELS ALL CONCERTS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR

A few months ago Fionnuala was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery, she has now started radiation treatment as well as infusion therapy. Her medical team has advised her to concentrate on her health situation, so subsequently, we have decided to cancel all concert plans for the rest of this year. This involves concerts in China, Korea and Norway.

We hope to be rescheduling all touring plans in 2020. We‘ve been looking forward to performing the music from our new album “Storyteller” which was released in April. The response to the album has been great. We’re thankful for all the support we’ve received and we regret that we have to postpone the upcoming touring plans. Fionnuala’s health is the most important issue now. Meanwhile, we hope you will enjoy the new album “Storyteller”.

Fionnuala and her new rescue dog Archie, who arrived just in time!

 

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Posted May 27th, 10:57 am

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Get the story behind Dreamcatcher! The whole performance can be found on our YouTube channel 🌙✨ See MoreSee Less

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Fionnuala Sherry – She just finished her last breast cancer treatment on Thursday. She is the most superb violinist but the Irish call it fiddling😊 I’ve “fiddled” many times in my life but somehow it never ends with a beautiful symphony of music. May she continue to represent Ireland and Dublin with her ever lasting
Music.

A real Ray Of Light <3

Posted May 22nd, 9:10 am

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We look back at the iconic tune Nocturne from 1995… 🙌 See MoreSee Less

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Love EVERYTHING from Secret Garden

Eu escolhi esta música para me despertar para o trabalho, sempre às 5h da manhã. Acordo leve, tranquila e de bom humor. Linda voz, harmonia.

This is another of my favorites!

Very beautiful song 💖

Admirable!Then AND Now!

what, secret garden?

Yo los sigo desde hace muchos años , su música es maravillosa y este video espectacular.
El álbum de los 25 años hay que tenerlo

Me encanta esa gente. Son excelentes

💞

❤❤❤❤

I worked on this video doing the makeup for Fionnula and Rolf 💚 I remember it like yesterday as we worked throughout the night with all the beautiful animals 🦉🦊 just wonderful memories💚

I love Nocturne, since the first time I heard it. The song has an indescribable sensitivity. Thank you Secret Garden 🎶🎵🎼🎹🎻💓💗❤

I grew to love your music and songs at 14 years old! I remember buying your 'Songs from a Secret Garden' CD after winning a CD shop coupon from my school's wisdom challenge contest. 20 years on, 'Serenade to Spring is still my favourite soundtrack along with a handful of later productions that have given me inspiration in poetry writing! Thank you so much, Fionnuala and Rolf for leading me through your magical journey from my teens into adulthood! ❤🧡❤🧡❤🧡

Sailing any Norwegian fjord, listening to this song, becomes a unique experience. I did.🙂👍

This is one of my very favorite songs! I love it!

This music simply brings me JOY. Joy to my ears, through my brain, and into my heart.

He is one of my favorite songs

Love this 💕💕

I only get 5 seconds of this video. Then it starts again! 🤔

Yes, the Norwegian version should be added to Spotify and other digital platforms as soon as possible, Secret Garden when will you do it?

Please add this Norwegian version of Nocturne to Spotify!

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Posted May 20th, 9:34 am

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Here’s a little video about Hymn To Hope. You can enjoy the whole song on our YouTube channel: shorturl.at/dfEW2 See MoreSee Less

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Specially for these sads times 😔

Thanks guys 🎻🎹😉

Love everything the two of you do!!! I am Norwegian and i worked as a tour guide for Italian groups in Scandinavia and i always played your CD"S in the bus. I think each and every Italian went home with one or more of them. My favorite music!!

Thats how i found them. Our tour guide Daniel Ferro in 2005 kept playing their Earthsongs Cd in the bus while we did a tour round eastern USA😃

Balm for the soul.

Love you !

I love

😀

I fell in love with your music today. Thank you from my heart. I have been a singer/songwriter for 48 years. May I sen you a copy of one of my songs as a thank you? Paul Skyland PaulSkyland.com❤️😊

Your music touch my heart you are best violinist ever 🎻🎻❤️

Beautiful song

Fabulous Piece 🎻🎹🎶

Absolutely beautiful

So beautiful ❤️

Beautiful!

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Posted May 18th, 6:21 pm

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Looking forward to catching up with Mairead, best friends forever!Hi Everyone! Tune in today for Máiréad Mondays! 3pm EST on Facebook Youtube LIVE ! My special guest today is the fabulous Fionnuala Sherry, violinist of Secret Garden & a beautiful performance with Fionnuala & Rolf Lovland for the Eurovision Home Concerts! See you then! 💚🎻💗 See MoreSee Less

Looking forward to catching up with Mairead, best friends forever!

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Perfect duo <3

Didn’t get the notice until late my time but watched afterwards and thank you. I didn’t know of you and now I have one more great artist to add to my Irish connections. Something in my dna hears the music of Ireland and I wish to explore it more. Most of my heritage died during the famine but alas I’m here and now have two lovely, strong Irish woman such as myself (although I have no music talent, but a great appreciation). As a professor I am the ying to your lovely yang and both my Collies agree with me 😄

Good day! How cute friend'picture! Happy days to you nice Secret Garden aind hugs from maria'

Perfect friends ❤️❤️❤️

Yay!!! ❤️❤️❤️

How do we access?

Where can we find you?

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Posted May 16th, 8:28 pm

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Since it’s a quarter of a century since we won the ESC, we’ve put together a home version of ‘Nocturne’. It’s still a nice memory for us. This was produced for the online event Eurovision Home Concerts. See MoreSee Less

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Absolutely Perfect!! Such a joy to hear Nocturne again and such a treat to see you both ‘up close and personal’ and each note so beautifully played 💐💐 Thank you xx

Thank you so much! It's my favorite song. So happy to hear it.❤🧡💛💚💜💙 from Québec Canada.

Sublime !!! Charming !!!! Thank you Fionnuala 🎻, Thank you Rolf 🎹, Thank you Secret Garden 🎶🎵🎼, for the generosity in giving us this song, which continues to involve our soul and our hearts. 🇧🇷 I'm very happy to hear Nocturne and see how you are doing in Fionnuala, how exciting your smile is. 🌹😘 Stay in peace and take care 🙌🙏💓💗❤💐

Happy Constitution Day, Rolf! Beautiful rendition, Rolf & Fi!

I listen to your beautiful music every day. Nocturne will always be special ❤️

Since you won the ESC we fall asleep to your music every night. Playlist from all your records. It is so soothing and calming to the soul!! 💕💕💕

First time I came across your music was on ESC 25 years ago. You made me dream, travel and believe in magic with this song in particular. You still do. Wrote my first short story to the sound of Nocturne. Fell in love with other songs from your albums but this one will always be the One! ❤ from Portugal.

Love your music! This is one of my favorites. Thank you for playing this again! ♥️ greetings from Sri Lanka (a.k.a ceylon) ! 🇱🇰

Absolutely beautiful! This song got me hooked on Secret Garden forever 💕

OMG this was and always is so deeply moving and emotional and no one could make it sound like that but only you two. I find myself so totally immersed and lost in time and space. You both create magic and I feel so lucky to have found you and your music. Thank you ❤❤ XX

Stunningly beautiful, always send shivers around my body, thank you. ❤️❤️

That was when I discovered Secret Garden and a new era of music opened up to me. Thank you guys! 🎻🎹❤️

Can’t get enough of your wonderful music… thank you so much!!❤️🙏

I love your music! This is one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing from your homes during this time of COVID! 💖

One of my favourites! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Much Love! ♥️

In my opinion, it's an excellent and relaxing performance. Thank you.

I still have a video recording of Nocturne I made on the night you won😊

Congratulations to you and Rolf Fionnuala Sherry🎻Really enjoyed that , it’s as wonderful now as it was 25 years ago. Timeless beautiful music, just like you Fi💗😘

Ohhh very beautiful you are great artist.. Can get your any Cd and photos and autograph!?? Please you lot greetings from Croatia

Always enchanting ! Thank you Rolf & Fionnuala !

So beautiful. Thank you! ❤️ You should have been a part of yesterday’s show Europe Shine a Light. 💞

I love that song! Thank you so much for sharing it! From Vermont USA.

That was the day ye guys opened up a brand new Music Chapter in my life.
🎹🎻🎶🎵🎼💞💕🌻💐X
Thank You both

the best one ever , i cant help my self stop playing that music ♥️♥️♥️♥️

Thank you again for this beautiful melody. It is heavenly..❤

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