by John Doan


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John Doan, master of the harp guitar, is the Wayfarer on this musical travelogue of Ireland's "thin places" -- the abbeys, sites of ancient celebrations, and locations of saintly miracles and knightly valor, where heaven and earth, past and future, were thinly divided. Doan's unique instrument, played solo on "Run to Sanctuary," allows him to play deeply resonant bass notes as well as sprightly zither highs. Violin, hand percussion, tambourines, recorders, whistles, and choral voices round out the ensemble. Although many tracks evoke a respectfully pastoral feeling, many dances enliven the recording. The pipes and strings of "St. Brendan: Recounting the Voyage" fly along, propelled by layers of percussion. The energetic "Festival" offers an interesting depiction of St. Augustine's mission in 597 A.D., sent to England by Pope Gregory to destroy the pagan altars and images. Gregory did, however, allow the joyous feast days to continue, and Doan's "Festival" is a playful romp including the squawks of crumhorns and the Renaissance doodlehock bagpipe. Wayfarer beautifully broaches the "thin places," mists, and ancient mysteries of the Celtic world.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Hearts Of Space
UPC: 0025041109529
catalogNumber: 11095
Rank: 164079

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Doan   Primary Artist,Strings,Harp,Viola,Vocals,Harp Guitar
Cal Scott   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,MIDI Percussion
Jim Chapman   Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Nancy Ives   Cello
Billy Oskay   Violin,Keyboards,Viola
Randal Bays   Guitar
Karl Blume   Vocals
Jerod Kaplan   Dumbek,Cymbals,Drums,Gong,Djembe,cowbell
Gayle Stuwe Neumann   Bagpipes,Recorder,Tambourine,Crumhorn,Frame Drum
Phil Neumann   Bagpipes,Percussion,Recorder,Tambourine,Crumhorn,Frame Drum
Mike Snyder   Percussion,Cymbals
Blake Applegate   Vocals
Jarrad Kaplan   Dumbek,Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Gong,Snare Drums,Djembe,cowbell,Tars,Hand Percussion
Terry Ross   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Doan   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
William Eaton   Contributor
Cal Scott   Sound Design
Billy Oskay   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Sound Design
Deirdra Doan   Illustrations,Cover Photo
Jarrad Kaplan   Contributor

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