Per Selör was born in Skien, Norway and started
out early as a guitarplayer in various rockbands. The most known band of his, "The Tracemen", recorded two singles and an album and played many conserts in Norway and Scandinavia.
He is today a composer and guitarplayer, and is also working as a sound engineer in a recording studio. www.klyvelyd.no
Janne Hansen grew up in Kongsberg, a part of Norway known for its beautiful woods and mountains. She has always been fond of writing lyrics, and
has a background as an astrologer. To start singing was a new experience for Janne, who had no previous experience from the world of music.
The two met in 1990, and has since
then been living happily together creating music. The duo started out by the name of "Rose Willow", but in 1992 they changed their name to "Shine Dión". The name means shining
moon, after the moon godess Diana, and reflects the music with the moon as a symbol of feelings. In December 1993 the CD-EP "Berkana" was released on the Norwegian record company
"Colours". The CD with three songs got very good reviews all over the world;
- "Trois perles de
poisie" (Harmonie, France),
- "Fabolous stuff" (Chroinga Well, Belgium)
- "Three songs that
weeds our appetites" (Dirty Linen, USA)
The CD was produced in 1500 ex and was sold out shortly after the release. "Colours" then decided to close down their record company,
and the CD-EP was never reproduced.
In 1998 the duo decided to record a full album and released
their new CD "Killandra" on their own record company "The Holly". "Killandra" consists of 11 songs, ranging from 3 to nearly 7 minutes.
The music and lyrics were inspired by the scenery of the Norwegian landscape, fairy tales and mysticism.
The lyrics was also influenced by
astrological symbols and the rune stones.
The music could be described as a blend between Norwegian and Irish folk tunes, with hints of progressiv, and was a warm and delicate
Among the instruments used were: violin (Mr Trond Villa from the legendary Norwegian folk-rock band Folque), flutes, saxophone, mandolin, percussions, accoustic/el.guitars and mellotron.
The "Killandra" CD was well received by various magazines:
- "This is a flawless, almost perfect psychedelic folk rock album, simply one of the best European releases of the past 10 years. "Killandra" will
become a legend among pixies and trolls.
(Crohinga Well, Belgium)
- "My favourite track is Dusk -a beautifully mystical piece pairing atmospheric keyboards, violin and sax with fabulous lyrical imagery"
(Progression Magazine, USA)
- "If you like delicate moody songs, this album is for you" (Acid Dragon, France)
- "Mostly acoustic, with flute and violin, the songs float as mountain rivers, with the fantastic voice of Janne Hansen in the front" (Scream Magazine, Norway)
- "You get the picture: mystic, magical, enchanting music. All good reasons to give this record a try"
(Delire Musical, Canada)
- "SHINE DIÓN a réussi un album rutilant de beauté mystique et naturiste,un élan du cæur d'où la sensation de pureté émane à chaque
note. Une esquisse d'éternité sereine flotte sur les guitares de Selör et la voix de Hansen. Abreuvezvous à leur source, elle est d'une éternelle
(Harmonie Magazine, France)
Shine Dión's second CD was produced on license
by Si-Wan Records in Korea. It was distributed by Black Widow Records in Italy and Musea in
France. "Killandra" was also released on vinyl LP by Black Widow Records.
Shine Dión released their third CD in February 2002. The title was "WYN". The title is an old english name for a rune sign. The rune symbolizes joy and a new life unfolding. The lyrics on the CD were inspired by the norwegian landscapes and the tradition of fairy tales. The music blended elements from norwegian and celtic folktunes in a contemperary way, with hints of progresssiv. The CD consisted of 10 songs, all written and produced by Shine Dión. The CD was
also produced on license by Si-Wan Records in Korea.
The "WYN" CD was reviewed by various magazines:
- "Anyone who enjoys prog-folk, folk-rock, or medieval-rock, with femme vocals will probably love this" (Exposé Magazine, USA)
- " The CD, which is almost a flawless
masterpiece of traditional folk, closes with the seven-minute epic, "The Valley Song". It's a stunningly gorgeous piece that brings together all the best elements of Shine Dión"
(Progression Magazine USA)
- "Not a hint of a weak moment on this record, all the songs are excellent. Highly recommended" (Proggnosis, Canada)
- "Production, execution and composition are of a very high quality, and the music is simply beautiful" (Sea Of Tranquility, USA)
"This album contains all the qualities of their first album, and it's hard to pick one to favour, so why don't get them both! If you liked their first album, you'll sure gonna love
this one as well!" (Mr Blues Train, Norway)
In April 2005 Shine Dión released a promotion single to the radio stations in Norway. The single consisted of 2 songs. "Secret
Lullabye" was made and produced by Shine Dión. The second song was the first cover version ever done by Shine Dión.
The song was "Somewhere Along The Road" written by Steeleye Span bassist Rick Kemp.
In 2012 Shine Dión contributed with the song
The Well on the CD Musica Keltika Vol.1 released by Miroque, Histomedia. Other artist on the CD are Loreena McKennitt, Nolween Leroy and Julie Fowlis.
Shine Dión CD's
are now available at www.cdbaby.com