Editorial Review of Distant Shore - Orla Fallon:
The deep, joyful and soul-moving tradition of Celtic music meets the top-rank pop musicianship of our time in the inspiring and intimate Distant Shore, the brand new solo album by ORLA FALLON, formerly of Celtic Woman.
For years, Fallon has held audiences spellbound the world over with her pure and emotional singing and virtuoso playing on the Irish harp as one of Celtic Woman's stunning talents and beloved soloists. Now Fallon delivers 13 wonderful, newly recorded songs that takes the listener on an amazing musical journey. From the hit single, "Dancing In The Moonlight" to the gorgeous track "Always There" Distant Shore delivers on every level.
The album was produced by Eoghan O'Neill (pronounced: Owen) and Dan Shea. O'Neill is a founding member of the seminal Irish folk-rock band Moving Hearts, and was Musical Director of Riverdance-The Show. For the past five years O'Neill has shared the world stage with Orla as Celtic Woman's Musical Director and bassist. Shea, a multi-platinum American producer, whose long resume of hit pop productions includes tracks by Mariah Carey, Carlos Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Martina McBride, produced and/or co-produced six tracks on Distant Shore.
Shea and John Bettis wrote the title track "Distant Shore." Bettis, an American lyricist, has co-written songs for several music legends including Madonna, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and the late Michael Jackson.
Additionally, two tracks on the album ("My Land" and "Always There") were co-written by Rolf LĂ¸vland and Brendan Graham, composers of the modern standard, "You Raise Me Up," best known in North America in the No.1 Josh Groban version, while several tracks were written by Orla herself.
The album was recorded at the famed Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin and at Nashville's Dark Horse Studios - both recording facilities have hosted such platinum stars as U2, The Chieftains, Faith Hill, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Taylor Swift, Big & Rich and Martina McBride.
Fallon continues her wonderful relationship with PBS as she appears on stations nationwide as a special guest star on Jim Brickman's Beautiful World and by herself in very intimate settings and performances.