The colors and textures found in a beautiful garden can sooth the senses and calm the soul. In this 'Celtic Garden,' Bronn Journey thoughtfully creates a musical landscape as seen through the shimmering strings of the harp. Like delicate blooms awaken to the warmth of the summer sun, songs from Ireland, Scotland and Wales unfold to release their sweet fragrance. As you enter Bronn's 'Celtic Garden,' may the freshness of each melody bring you joy. A personal note from Bronn: 'I recorded 'Celtic Garden' because of the inspiration I received from my heritage. My grandfather was born in North Wales on a sheep farm overlooking the Irish Sea. These songs transport me to North Wales when I hear them. Many of the songs were written by composers who played the harp. Chances are, the first time these songs were played it was on the strings of the harp. Sentimental favorites such as 'Danny Boy' are included on this recording.' Thirty-two years ago, a volunteer with the Seattle Public Schools placed a harp in Bronn's hands for the first time and began teaching the 11 year old boy how to play. He advanced rapidly, and soon moved on to study with harpist Edith Lundgren. By the time he was 16, he was performing professionally in fine hotels and restaurants in the Seattle area. After high school, Bronn was accepted to the School of Music at the University of Washington where he received instruction from Pamela Vokelek. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1985. Bronn's dazzling virtuosity and humorous approach to a seriously classical instrument have made him a favorite with concert goers. 'Because of the experience of playing in a variety of settings, I am very comfortable playing in many different styles,' comments Bronn. Classical, Sacred, Broadway and Popular tunes all flow effortlessly from the strings of his harp. Seventeen albums are currently available on 'Phileo Music.' They are sold in fine gift shops across the US and Canada and of course right here on CD Baby and Bronn's web page! When first introduced to the idea of a harp concert, many audiences may respond by asking, 'The harp? Isn't that what cherubs play?' The answer in Bronn's case is - 'Perhaps! But do cherubs play everything from Classics to Folk to Broadway?' Even though he's not a cherub, Bronn delivers a widely varied repertoire with wit and humor.
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