Tuomas Holopainen – the keyboardist and main songwriter of NIGHTWISH - has spent most of the year 2013 writing and producing his solo album. Tuomas Holopainen comments: “This is my longtime dream come true, 14 years in the making. And a homage to one of the best storytellers of our time. Thank you for sharing this celebration of Life & Adventure!”
The music fits to the soundtrack / classical / folk genre in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard and Enya. This 12 - chapter book tells the life story of a certain Scrooge, from his early years in the 19th century Scotland to his adventures all aroundthe world until the 1950`s. The story contains such immense depth, detail, wit and emotional power, that the moment Tuomas read it nearly 20 years ago, it instantly became a story of profound personal interest and love for him. The initial spark of `coloring` this story with music, i.e.create a kind of "soundtrack" for the book, came to him already in 1999, and has ever since been haunting the back of his mind.
Recorded in the Angel Studios, London and various other locations around Scotland and Finland. Featuring the London Orchestra & “The Metro Voices” (choir from London) and the lead vocalists: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen & Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).Other guest appearances include Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars & banjo), Teho Majamäki (Didgeridoo), Jon Burr (Harmonica) and Dermot Crehan in the solo violin.