In 2002 Chris recorded and released Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean’s instrumental tune “The Gael”. It was released as the cover tune on his second album entitled “The Gael”.
The tune became internationally popular after it’s inclusion in the sound track for the 1992 20th Century Fox movie “The Last of the Mohicans”, directed by Michael Mann.
In 2010, during the initial recording of Chris’ fourth album, he decided to revisit the tune with a totally new approach and arrangement. “This time I wanted to record a medley of both the main theme from the movie and morph it into Dougie’s tune. I wanted to take a Celtic approach to the main theme with Guitar, Uilleann Pipes, Irish Low Whistle and Bodhran. Then morph from one melody into the other, then combining both melodies at the end.” After a 3 hour production meeting with the producer, Brian Baynes, the project was started in July ’10. Upon its completion in December, both Chris and Brian decided to release it ahead of the album as an mp3.
Six days after the tune was available on iTunes, Brian died suddenly. The rest of the album was lost. After the devastating loss of his friend and producer, it was 15 months before Chris went back into the studio to rerecord the album. “Shenandoah” was released in August 2013.
Internationally recognized guitarist Christopher Dean has been mesmerizing audiences with his musical style for years. He has put his own, highly personal stamp on the instrument, not only by the way he plays, but also by the music he interprets, and the emotions and images his music invokes.
Chris performs American and Celtic folk music in the fingerstyle and flat picking traditions on both 6 and 12 string guitars.
Chris started his professional performing carrier when he was in his late teens in Tucson, AZ. During the two years he was with “The Night Sounds” they produced two records and were the opening act for “The Doors” and “The Rascals”. He then spent 4 month on the road with “The Rick Durham Band”, opening for “The Rolling Stones” in Los Angeles.
For the past 17 years Chris has been performing and recording Celtic and American folk music. He has released 4 albums which have received rave reviews in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. His music has also been released on several compilation albums in Italy, Japan, and the U.S.
Artist website: http://www.cairneyhill.com
Single title: Last of the Mohicans/The Gael (Promentory)
Single artist: Christopher Dean
Single duration: 4:58
Record Label: Cairney Hill Music
Catalogue No: CHM006/ISRC: ushm81341288
Writers: Trevor Jones / Dougie MacLean
Publishers: TCF Music Pub Inc.
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