Cold Blow These Winter Winds

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Finally, a Christmas album for folk fans who hate Christmas albums. Recorded live in Edinburgh in December 2003, at a charity concert, this brings together the cream of the young Scotland-based folk crop on a mix of traditional and contemporary material. Starting out with a selection of tunes on piano and whistle, then a luminous version of the traditional "Lullay Lullay," the fun really begins with a cover of "Fairytale of New York," which also incorporates a pair of tunes. It might be quite the usual Christmas spirit, but it remains a fabulous song. There are few frills to the arrangements; instead they let the songs and tunes speak for themselves, as on "Bulalow," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Finally, a Christmas album for folk fans who hate Christmas albums. Recorded live in Edinburgh in December 2003, at a charity concert, this brings together the cream of the young Scotland-based folk crop on a mix of traditional and contemporary material. Starting out with a selection of tunes on piano and whistle, then a luminous version of the traditional "Lullay Lullay," the fun really begins with a cover of "Fairytale of New York," which also incorporates a pair of tunes. It might be quite the usual Christmas spirit, but it remains a fabulous song. There are few frills to the arrangements; instead they let the songs and tunes speak for themselves, as on "Bulalow," which works perfectly with just voice, bass, and whistle, and in fact gains more impact from its sparseness. Inevitably, it's the better-known material that hits home, likes a lovely, soaring version of "Little Drummer Boy" that dispenses with most of the vocals to allow border pipes to take the lead, or "Christ Child's Lullaby," which is handled with a gorgeous delicacy, mixing harps and Galician gaita a type of bagpipe behind the vocals. Rory McLeod does a great version of John Prine's "Christmas in Prison," while "Blue Christmas" is turned upside down by fiddle and harp, with Tim Matthew's vocal pushing the Elvis version out to nowhere. "Silent Night," with massed voices, raises shivers, and "It's Christmas Time," with a children's vocal from Billie Owens, makes for a charming close, kitsch, but still enough to raise a smile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • UPC: 048248122924
  • Catalog Number: 481229
  • Sales rank: 306,412

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary MacMaster Harp, Vocals
Dave Milligan Piano
Eliza Carthy Fiddle, Vocals
Rory McLeod Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Jones Bouzouki
Rory Campbell Vocals, Human Whistle, Border Pipes
Kevin McGuire Bass
Dean Owens Guitar, Vocals
Corrina Hewat Harp, Vocals
Karine Polwart Guitar, Vocals
Andy Lang Guitar, Vocals
Tim Matthew Fiddle, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Prine Composer
Gordon Duncan Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Paul McGeechan Mastering
Henry Onorati Composer
Harry Simone Composer
Rory Campbell Producer, Liner Notes
Dean Owens Composer
Jay Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
Andy Lang Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
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