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
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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 February 19th, 5:03 pm
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our manager, partner and dear friend Barry Matheson. For over 20 years he gave us his love, support and guidance. He was our North Star We miss him so very much. … See MoreSee Less
We are so sorry to hear that. Condolences from the Sham Poo family in New York. My husband Stanley who worked for SAS for 32 years, knew him well, and Barry and I went to the same High School in Oslo (Oslo Handelsgymnasium).
What a loss! Barry was the one who introduced me to norwegian music, especially Secret Garden!
Rest in Peace Barry!
So very sorry for your loss 😢
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time! 💔
Hvil i fred, Barry
Sincere Condolences on the loss of your friend and colleague. Rest in Peace Barry. 🌻
I know you all will miss you tremendously.. our condolences to his family and friends.
Gone…only from our sight. My deep condolences to all who knew and loved him.
God bless him and my sincere condolences to both of you in your loss.
So sorry to hear your very sad news. RIP Barry
I am sorry for your loss; my heart is with your music. Sending you love.
I'm so sorry, perfect and extraordinary job like a manager. My condolences to you "Secret Garden team"
My condolences. A big big for you both.
So sorry to hear this … may he be in peace …
Rolf and Fionnuala.. that's really sad news… a larger than life man with a big heart… My love and thoughts to you and his family. Xxx
So sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent to you and his family.
May he Rest In Peace 🙏
Sorry to hear this. Thought with family and the secret garden band, rolf and fin x
So sorry for your and his families loss
Si sorry to hear. God bless his soul and his family and friends.
So sorry to hear this!
So sorry for your loss.
Ánimo a tod@s Un abrazo momentos difíciles
I’m so sorry for your loss.
May his soul rest in peace
God bless his soul
Posted February 4th, 11:43 pm
Nocturne has 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 … See MoreSee Less
Yay Fi!! This is indeed a beautiful way to kick off what is going to be a beautiful year!!
Love your music Fionnuala, get well soon. People you don't even know are thinking about you and wishing you well.🎻💐
Love you forever and hope you will be all right soon.💕 Looking forward to see you again.💗
We continue to pray for your health and ask our sister Cecil to intercede for you from Heaven.
Looking great Fionnuala, wishing you a speedy full recovery ♥️🙏
Best Eurovision winner ! – All your albums are stunning.
Looking great! Hope to see you on stage this year!
Fionnuala una gran alegría verte, espero que estés recuperada
More than anything, I wish you a full recovery. I know this process is difficult but keep on the fight. I'm confident that you'll play again soon. Best of luck to you!
Great to see you on Sunday Fionnuala.You look great.Best wishes with the rest of your treatment.
Praying that you'll get through the treatment with flying colors !💓(from a breast cancer survivor of 17 years)
Good to see you, beautiful Fionnuala! And I'm really looking forward to hearing you and Rolf playing again! I love your music and the special way you are playing! Keep up your spirit! ❤️❤️
It was great to see you in the audience Fionnuala, Be Blessed with strength and continued recovery. 🌻❤️
I pray for your return to performing with a clean bill of health!
sending ❤💪 may your recovery be swift and complete Fionnuala.
Looking forward hear and see you live on stage again Fionnula! Have a speedy recovery and take care🌸
Love you music! Good recovery, all the best wishes from Switzerland, Roland.
That’s wonderful. Hope you’re doing well Fionnuala
Lots of love Fionnuala. Write me with your news xx
Wow great to see you up and smiling! Keep the faith! Sláinte!
It was beautiful to watch them dance and listen to the wonderful music. Wishing you every success 🙏
My dream is to attend a Secret Garden Concert. My best wishes for a complete recovery – you have no idea how much your music has done for me.
A quarter of century playing wonderful and peaceful music for all the world… We love your greatest hearth and soul…
You look vibrant and healthy ❤️❤️❤️
Posted November 10th, 1:07 pm
Note to self!! Remember not to leave new hat unattended !!😊 … See MoreSee Less
it happens! (Just released a new book you might enjoy … A HAPPY TRUTH: Last Dogs Aren't Always Last <3
Never to do, hat on the bed, so I've heard,,,, hope all is well
Se educar, vc pode deixar sim o chapéu sozinho
Our Aussie is the same. Leeta, Destroyer of Things.
Looking at it I think he was trying to cut out his own silohuete !
he looks innocent to me❤️
Does look a bit like a meat pie!
These things happen unfortunately. He looks very sorry. You could use whats left to make a toy for him.
Look so innocent. 😁
Ah ah ah so lovely… poor hat… 🙂
The look on his face, though…! 😄 Too cute to be angry at.
Hehe, så uskyldig! 😄 Silas ødelegger heldigvis veldig lite. Han har andre "utfordringer" istedet 😜
This hat sets a new trend as it is so unique. Set it on top of a plastic head. Call it "Covered" and sell it as rare and special piece of art for – let's say $50000.
Nice hat. Such a shame you'll have to go back and shop for another one
just discovered your beautiful music iam a classical guitarist and slowly learning your beautiful music for my guitar all my thanks for the music susie
The message is, "take me out more, NOW!"
Those eyes are saying "I'm sorry. Do you still love me?"
Love Jack Russells. They are so naughty 😊
Awww. ..what a cutie!
The look says," but, I thought it was for me" 😂
Looks a whole lot better!
This hat is one of a kind now
But that face!!❤
I love this dog❣️🥰
Posted October 16th, 10:29 pm
Honoured to be associated with this stunning creation, The Fi bra by @paularowangloves in aid of the @mariekeatingfoundation currently on display in @marksandspencerireland
#mariekeatingfoundation #Cancer#pinkribbon #pink … See MoreSee Less
My first thought was how does this represent our Fi… a heart center of rose softness, passionate and delicate… surrounded by bold strength that captivates. The past years you’ve been through so much… but you persevere with passion.