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 and

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
Label:
Free Reed Us Release
UPC:
0020286209423
catalogNumber:
30
Rank:
263380

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Gower Wassail (First Part)
  2. Stopping by Woods/Intro: A Roving on a Winter's Night
  3. The River
  4. Skater's Waltz/Excerpt from the Prelude
  5. Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand
  6. The Spirit of Christmas
  7. From Hamlet Act 1/Christmas Is A-Comin'
  8. Xmas Island
  9. The Humstrum
  10. Sound Your Instruments of Joy
  11. Wassail
  12. Snow Falls
  13. Wintergrace
  14. Cherry Tree Carol
  15. Red & Green Christmas
  16. Emmanuel
  17. Song to Mithras
  18. The Meadowhall Carol
  19. God Bless the Birthday Boy
  20. Moving on Song
  21. Christmas Eve Can Kill You
  22. Workhouse Boy
  23. Snow Is on the Ground (Excerpt)/Snow Is on the Ground
  24. Christmas Comes But Once a Year
  25. Jack Frost & The Hooded Crow
  26. The Night Before Christmas
  27. The Christmas Tree

Disc 2

  1. Luke 2:1/White Shepherds
  2. Christmas Must Be Tonight
  3. On the Morning of Christ's Nativity/For Unto Us a Child
  4. Shepherds Arise
  5. Luke 2:8/Sherburne
  6. Hark Hark What News/Luke 2:7
  7. Once in Royal David's City
  8. The Three Harks
  9. Wexford Carol
  10. I Sing of a Maiden
  11. Lullay My Liking
  12. Silent Night
  13. The First Nowell
  14. Matthew 2:1/Follow That Star
  15. Star in the East (Brightest and Best)
  16. Astrologers' Journey
  17. Journey of the Magi
  18. Follow the Star
  19. Herod & The Cock/Matt 2:18
  20. Coventry Carol/An Apocrypha
  21. The Carnal & The Crane
  22. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  23. On Christmas Day
  24. Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Disc 3

  1. Fire & Wine
  2. In the Winter
  3. Papa Ain't No Santy Claus
  4. Winter Flowers
  5. Christmas in Prison
  6. Jogging Along with My Reindeer
  7. Cardboard Christmas Boxes
  8. Comfort & Joy
  9. First Snow in Brooklyn
  10. Lady Gay
  11. Peace O'er the World (Bradda Anthem)
  12. Oh What a Lovely War/Christmas 1914
  13. Christmas Isn't What It Used to Be
  14. Christmas
  15. Ghost of Christmas Past
  16. Christmas Morning
  17. Days of Holly & Mistletoe
  18. Huron Carol
  19. The King
  20. The Christmas Hare
  21. Chariots
  22. Remember Bethlehem

Disc 4

  1. Old Christmas/Shooting
  2. Apple Tree Wassail
  3. Gloucestershire Wassail
  4. The Oxen
  5. The Burning Babe
  6. Bushes and Briars
  7. Poor Ditching Boy
  8. Reading Clock Almanac
  9. Dunstan Lullaby
  10. Watts' Cradle Hymn
  11. Boar's Head Carol
  12. The Grinch
  13. Hunting the Wren
  14. Cully Wren
  15. The Wren (The King)
  16. First Christmas Away from Home
  17. Miner's Dream of Home
  18. Excerpt
  19. Happy Christmas (War Is Over)/We Sing Hallelujah
  20. None But One
  21. Mari Llwyd
  22. Carol for the New Year
  23. The Oxplough Song
  24. Three Ships Suite
  25. Gower Wassail (Reprise)/Midnight Chimes
  26. The January Man

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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