The legend returns in this sequel to the bestselling album, The Mystic Harp. Derek Bell, harpist for the five-time Grammy award winning group The Chieftains, displays his unusual mastery in this critically acclaimed recording. This heart-opening mystical music will uplift your soul with twenty captivating melodies, written in the Celtic tradition by Donald Walters. A treasure for lovers of Celtic and harp music, Mystic Harp 2 is that rarity of sequels–one that is even better than the original.

Derek Bell

Derek Bell (1935-2002) was the legendary harpist and orchestral arranger for the five-time Grammy award winning group the Chieftains. The classically trained Bell joined The Chieftains in 1972, after a career as harpist with the Northern Ireland BBC Orchestra. Bell has several solo albums to his credit, in addition to the more than thirty recordings of the The Chieftains. He also gained a reputation, along with the other Chieftains, for unearthing rarely heard music.

The Chieftains are Ireland's best-known interpreters of traditional Celtic music, playing to sell-out crowds around the world. They were officially named Ireland's music ambassadors by the Irish government in 1989. They have lead the way in rediscovering the wealth of Irish music, going back for centuries, and have brought it to worldwide attention. They performed for Pope John Paul II and a record-breaking 1.35 million people in Dublin in 1979. They were the first group to perform on the Great Wall of China, and the first Irish group to play at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

For 31 years and as many albums, The Chieftains have been the most influential of the Irish folk musicians, credited with doing more to spread the appreciation of traditional Irish music than any other group in Ireland's history.

Derek was widely considered to be one of the finest harpists in the world.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), who left his body in 2013, was a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, and an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world; over 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine wrote, "[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times."

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 25 languages.

More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the
official Swami Kriyananda website.

 

Further reading:

“Derek Bell of the Grammy Award winning Celtic group The Chieftains is one of the finest Celtic harpists. His touch is that of an angel. Listening to the vibrant ‘Sailing the Blue Sea’, the stoic ‘Brave Were the People’, and the slow and stately ‘To Death I’m a Stranger’ enchants the imagination while revitalizing the soul.”

Music Design in Review

Mystic Harp 2 is an exquisite achievement in Bell’s already long and illustrious career, a record to be truly treasured.”

PJ Birosik, nationally syndicated reviewer

“Derek Bell is the finest Celtic harpist of this, and quite possibly any, generation.”

Musik International

Mystic Harp 2 is a splendid collection of twenty original songs that evoke, with unique gentility, the depth and passion of Celtic soul.”

East West Magazine

“Bell’s technique is unassailable; he’s a truly a master of the harp…the playing on this CD is flawless and utterly lovely.”

Branches Magazine

Mystic Harp 2 works beautifully and resonates with great peace, sweetness and joy. If you like solo harp, this is a fine set.”

Aquarius

“This CD will relax, uplift, and inspire you. Celtic melodies played on the harp–it sound like angels. I loved it!”

Christina Lord, Creations Magazine