Once upon a time, two children overheard their parents plan to abandon them in a forest, as they could not afford to feed them. But the children cleverly gathered small white stones, and on their journey into the forest, they secretly dropped them onto the ground. At nightfall, left alone, the moon illuminated the white stones, and the reflection became their guiding light. So the fairytale about Hansel and Gretel goes. Maybe each song on this album can be compared to a white stone? Listen – and let them lead you into your own secret garden.
As on the first album, all the music on “White Stones” is composed and produced by Rolf Lovland. “When you’ve discovered your own musical identity and seen your music communicate to, and connect with people all over the world, you really don’t want to change the concept”, says Lovland . “The greatest challenge writing the this material was to stay truthful, protecting the intimacy and the simplicity of our ideas. White Stones is not like Songs from a Secret Garden, but it’s coming from the same heart. The seeds are the same – the crop is new.
Tracklist, Lyrics & Purchase
Selected Audio Clips
A fantasy of rhythm in 5/4 time. The Celtic melody inviting the Latin rhythm for a dance. The Irish whistle and the Spanish guitar blend the two elements into a sound of mystery and excitement.
A song without words – an unspoken story. We listen with our ears – we understand with our hearts.
Hymn To Hope
A song to remind us that there is always hope, even in despair and sorrow. Inspired by the melancholy of the traditional Irish Air, expressed by the Uilleann pipes.
Hidden rituals in a dark forest. Mysteries that can only be felt, never seen. A dance of silhouettes to a never resting beat.
First Day of Spring
Written on the first day of February, the day the Irish refer to as the first day of Spring. The atmosphere of the music relates to the magic of the season, and the dawning of new life.
Passacaglia a is Baroque variation form. In this piece the melody develops into a 6 part polyphonic arrangement through the nine sections of the song. Passacaglia was written in memory of my father.
An impression of the evening as it transcends into night. The simplicity of the Lullaby, a resting Berceuse as you drift into the land of dreams.
A melody based on the Dorian scale, where a rhythm of four restlessly plays against a counter beat in three. The twists and turns of the tune flows along as a feather carried by unpredictable winds.
Music can conjure up images of dramatic and sentimental scenes for our inner
eye. A melody accompanying the drama of a film never seen.
A Rhapsody of Norwegian melody accentuated by an eastern European rhythm. The circus-like arrangement of the soprano saxes and the orchestra create a Gypsy feel.
A sanctuary can be a sacred place for meditation and quiet contemplation. In this song it relates to the secret garden inside us. A place to seek refuge – a spiritual inner room where we can light candles for our own private reasons.
Dedicated to Ben Sherry
The beat of a distant drum invites you to a celebration. A feast on a midsummer’s night, the brightest night of the year. A Norwegian soundscape coloured by the Hardanger fiddle and the traditional whistle.
Edvard Grieg collected and cultivated Norwegian folk songs and gave this traditional material a classical format. This music is past my own roots. I feel fortunate to be able to tap into it, and carry it with me in my own way.
Nocturne was the centerpiece on our first album Songs from a Secret Garden. It opened doors to the sentiments and emotions of the night – dark and mythical. Follow the white stones as they “illuminate” the path out of the darkness – into your own secret garden.
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Posted May 27th, 10:57 am
Get the story behind Dreamcatcher! The whole performance can be found on our YouTube channel 🌙✨ … See MoreSee Less
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
Love this song and often play it to fall asleep to.
A real Ray Of Light <3
Posted May 22nd, 9:10 am
We look back at the iconic tune Nocturne from 1995… 🙌 … See MoreSee Less
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!
Posted May 20th, 9:34 am
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
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 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 🎻🎻❤️
Fabulous Piece 🎻🎹🎶
So beautiful ❤️
Posted May 18th, 6:21 pm
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
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 ❤️❤️❤️
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Posted May 16th, 8:28 pm
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
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.
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..❤