Midwinter

Midwinter

by Midwinter
     
 

There are times when you say thank God for the people at Free Reed, who put together the world's best box sets. This one, themed around Christmas and New Year, might have been a dire effort in some hands, but with the imagination expended here, Midwinter sparkles. And if you think four CDs is far too much space for this, listen andSee more details below

Overview

There are times when you say thank God for the people at Free Reed, who put together the world's best box sets. This one, themed around Christmas and New Year, might have been a dire effort in some hands, but with the imagination expended here, Midwinter sparkles. And if you think four CDs is far too much space for this, listen and think again. There are readings in between the music, and everything is about context. So there are archive recordings (the one from 1937 featuring Phil Tanner is a standout) that show how Christmas is not about a man in a red suit, but ceremony. This is folk music and where it fits into the culture of the ages. Compiler Nigel Schofield has done a scrupulously thorough job on his research (as the accompanying book -- and it is a book -- shows), so you get carols from South Yorkshire that you won't hear elsewhere next to Richard Fariña or Maddy Prior rubbing cheeks with Boris Karloff. It's impossible to resist, really, but out of this seeming hodgepodge emerges a much clearer picture of the season. There's nothing obvious, nothing twee, and it's never simplistic. Hear this and you'll never think of Christmas in quite the same way again.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
Label:
Free Reed Us Release
UPC:
0020286209423
catalogNumber:
30
Rank:
320965

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Gower Wassail (First Part)  - Phil Tanner
  2. Stopping by Woods/Intro: A Roving on a Winter's Night  - Steve Tolston
  3. The River  -  Grace Notes
  4. Skater's Waltz/Excerpt from the Prelude  - Jimmy Lawton
  5. Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand  - Lal Waterson
  6. The Spirit of Christmas  -  Tinderbox
  7. From Hamlet Act 1/Christmas Is A-Comin'  - Gary Watson
  8. Xmas Island  -  Blind Boy Grunt
  9. The Humstrum  - David Strawbridge
  10. Sound Your Instruments of Joy  -  Mabe Choir
  11. Wassail  - John Kirkpatrick
  12. Snow Falls  - John Tams
  13. Wintergrace  - Jean Ritchie
  14. Cherry Tree Carol  - Shirley Collins
  15. Red & Green Christmas  - Nadia Cattouse
  16. Emmanuel  -  Watersons
  17. Song to Mithras  - Peter Bellamy
  18. The Meadowhall Carol  -  Coope, Boyes & Simpson
  19. God Bless the Birthday Boy  -  McCalmans
  20. Moving on Song  - Ewan McCall
  21. Christmas Eve Can Kill You  - Helen Watson
  22. Workhouse Boy  -  Halliard
  23. Snow Is on the Ground (Excerpt)/Snow Is on the Ground  - Eleazor Tillett
  24. Christmas Comes But Once a Year  - Enoch Kent
  25. Jack Frost & The Hooded Crow  - Dave Pegg
  26. The Night Before Christmas  - Mike Hockenhull
  27. The Christmas Tree  - Charlie Fretwell

Disc 2

  1. Luke 2:1/White Shepherds  - Nigel Schofield
  2. Christmas Must Be Tonight  - Johnny Coppin
  3. On the Morning of Christ's Nativity/For Unto Us a Child  - Jimmy Lawton
  4. Shepherds Arise  - Bob Copper
  5. Luke 2:8/Sherburne  -  Sacred Harp Convention 1959
  6. Hark Hark What News/Luke 2:7  -  Singers At The Black Bill
  7. Once in Royal David's City  - Martyn Wyndham-Read
  8. The Three Harks  -  Coope, Boyes & Simpson
  9. Wexford Carol  - Maggie Boyle
  10. I Sing of a Maiden  - Shirley Collins
  11. Lullay My Liking  -  Young Tradition
  12. Silent Night  - Bernie Parry
  13. The First Nowell  -  BaccaPella
  14. Matthew 2:1/Follow That Star  -  St. Agnes Fountain
  15. Star in the East (Brightest and Best)  - John Roberts
  16. Astrologers' Journey  - Johnny Coppin
  17. Journey of the Magi  - T.S. Eliot
  18. Follow the Star  - Maggie Boyle
  19. Herod & The Cock/Matt 2:18  - Nigel Schofield
  20. Coventry Carol/An Apocrypha  - Joan Baez
  21. The Carnal & The Crane  -  New Scorpion Band
  22. Go Tell It on the Mountain  - Mahalia Jackson
  23. On Christmas Day  - May Bradley
  24. Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring  -  Druidstone

Disc 3

  1. Fire & Wine  - Steve Ashley
  2. In the Winter  - Laura Hockenhull
  3. Papa Ain't No Santy Claus  -  Butterbeans & Susie
  4. Winter Flowers  - Martha Tilston
  5. Christmas in Prison  -  Fishken & Groves
  6. Jogging Along with My Reindeer  - John Kirkpatrick
  7. Cardboard Christmas Boxes  - Alan Hull
  8. Comfort & Joy  - Clive Gregson
  9. First Snow in Brooklyn  -  Jethro Tull
  10. Lady Gay  - Buell Kazee
  11. Peace O'er the World (Bradda Anthem)  -  Fraser & Boyes Freya
  12. Oh What a Lovely War/Christmas 1914  - Mike Harding
  13. Christmas Isn't What It Used to Be  - Tim Moon
  14. Christmas  - John Tams
  15. Ghost of Christmas Past  -  Mandy Morton Band
  16. Christmas Morning  - Loudon Wainwright
  17. Days of Holly & Mistletoe  -  Artisan
  18. Huron Carol  - Carol Duveneck
  19. The King  -  Strawbs
  20. The Christmas Hare  -  Muckram Wakes
  21. Chariots  - John Kirkpatrick
  22. Remember Bethlehem  - Kevin Loughran

Disc 4

  1. Old Christmas/Shooting  -  Nowell Sing We Clear
  2. Apple Tree Wassail  -  Watersons
  3. Gloucestershire Wassail  -  Albion Christmas Band
  4. The Oxen  - Maddy Prior
  5. The Burning Babe  - Mike Hockenhull
  6. Bushes and Briars  - Sandy Denny
  7. Poor Ditching Boy  - Richard Thompson
  8. Reading Clock Almanac  - Jimmy Lawton
  9. Dunstan Lullaby  -  Coope, Boyes & Simpson
  10. Watts' Cradle Hymn  - Maddy Prior
  11. Boar's Head Carol  -  Teeside Fettlers
  12. The Grinch  - Boris Karloff
  13. Hunting the Wren  - Winifred Woods
  14. Cully Wren  -  Ian Campbell Folk Group
  15. The Wren (The King)  - Dave Swarbrick
  16. First Christmas Away from Home  -  Artisan
  17. Miner's Dream of Home  - Fred Whiting
  18. Excerpt  -  Symondbury Mummers
  19. Happy Christmas (War Is Over)/We Sing Hallelujah  - Alan Rose
  20. None But One  - Jean Ritchie
  21. Mari Llwyd  - John Clough
  22. Carol for the New Year  -  Nowell Sing We Clear
  23. The Oxplough Song  - Johnny Collins
  24. Three Ships Suite  - Steve Tilston
  25. Gower Wassail (Reprise)/Midnight Chimes  - Phil Tanner
  26. The January Man  - Martin Carthy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Midwinter   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jean Ritchie   Composer
Stan Rogers   Composer
Janis Ian   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Jim Boyes   Composer
James Isaac Eliott   Composer
Johnny Milton   Composer
John Tams   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Aine Minogue   Arranger
William Barnes   Composer
Coope, Boyes & Simpson   Arranger
William Shakespeare   Composer
Neil Wayne   Producer
Ian McCalman   Composer
William Wordsworth   Composer
John Clare   Composer
Frank Warner   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Anne Warner   Arranger
Nigel Schofield   Writer
Enoch Kent   Composer
Albion Christmas Band   Arranger
Nadia Cattouse   Composer
Teesside Fettlers   Arranger

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