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John's Secret Garden Tribute Site

Background music "The Voyage" from the album Storyteller courtesy of Secret Garden

Devoted to this heart-warming ensemble led by two very talented and beautiful people...
keyboardist/composer ROLF LØVLAND and violinist FIONNUALA SHERRY

Fionnuala Sherry and Rolf Lovland

"Somewhere within us all there is a secret garden.
A garden in which we can seek refuge when times are rough, or retire to in joy or contemplation."

- Rolf Løvland

This site last updated on  September 11, 2019

Important Announcements


At this time we would like to extend hearfelt wishes to Fionnuala Sherry for a speedy and successful recovery from her health issues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time Fionnuala.  We wish you well, and we look forward to you performing again with Secret Garden in the not so distant future!


“Storyteller" is very much true to Secret Garden form of mostly instrumental melodies, each telling their own unique stories.  We’ve also included three vocal songs sung by 3 amazing and different artists who are part of our Secret Garden family as regular featured tour artists - Brian Kennedy, Cathrine Iversen, and Espen Grotheim.

Storyteller by Secret Garden


“Fionnuala is the real storyteller of Secret Garden’s music. When I hear her play I can hear the words inside the melodies. Her violin sings without words”. - Rolf Løvland
”Storyteller” is the tenth original album from the award-winning Norwegian-Irish act Secret Garden. Here, long-time musical partners Rolf Lovland and Fionnuala Sherry include three brand new songs with three distinct vocalists - ”Strength” (featuring Espen Grjotheim), ”Beautiful” (Brian Kennedy) and ”Sunshine” (Cathrine Iversen) sit alongside and complement the undeniably unique instrumental universe that has been charming global audiences for over 20 years, and earned the act 113 Platinum awards from multiple countries around the world.
Special for this new album is also the presentation of four melodies from Lovland’s first-ever musical-in-making, ”The Pilot”. ”Parallel to this album,” says the Norwegian composer, “I’ve composed music for a new musical. It’s a musical based on playwright Henrik Ibsen’s story ”Terje Vigen” from 1861, and though it will not premiere before 2021, we decided to use some previews of the music for this album, as it’s all a natural part of the writing process”.
Differing from the duo’s last studio album ”Just The Two Of Us”, “Storyteller” is a full-scale production with band, top-line instrumentalists from Norway and Ireland, and the world-renowned Czech National Symphony Orchestra, recorded in Prague. ”As always, we wanted the production to reflect the dual nationality of Secret Garden by merging Norwegian and Irish players,” says violinist Fionnuala Sherry. “Sessions in Norway and in Ireland, as well as London and Prague, create a great palette of musical colours in our own Secret Garden blend.”
Secret Garden remains one of the world’s most successful instrumental acts, with total sales of over five million albums to date. Career musical highlights include the Eurovision Song Contest-winning song ”Nocturne” (1995), the Barbra Streisand wedding song ”I’ve Dreamed of You” (1998), and the globally-admired ”You Raise Me Up” – the most covered song of the 21st century, now recorded by more than 1,000 artists, and in countless languages.
”Storyteller” will be released globally through Universal Music Norway/Global Classics and Jazz on 26th April 2019.

- Courtesy of Secret Garden

View the "Recording The Pilot" video

View the lyric video of the song Strength featuring Espen Grjotheim

Listen to my radio interview with Rolf and Fionnuala as heard on Shades of Classics on November 18, 2018.


Many thanks to Gordon Weir for this information!

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