Midwinter

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 FariƱa 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: 020286209423
  • Catalog Number: 30
  • Sales rank: 228,194

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gower Wassail (First Part) - Phil Tanner (1:53)
  2. 2 Stopping by Woods/Intro: A Roving on a Winter's Night - Steve Tolston (4:32)
  3. 3 The River - Grace Notes (3:17)
  4. 4 Skater's Waltz/Excerpt from the Prelude - Jimmy Lawton (1:51)
  5. 5 Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand - Lal Waterson (1:51)
  6. 6 The Spirit of Christmas - Tinderbox (2:39)
  7. 7 From Hamlet Act 1/Christmas Is A-Comin' - Gary Watson (1:15)
  8. 8 Xmas Island - Blind Boy Grunt (3:11)
  9. 9 The Humstrum - David Strawbridge (3:08)
  10. 10 Sound Your Instruments of Joy - Mabe Choir (2:32)
  11. 11 Wassail - John Kirkpatrick (3:08)
  12. 12 Snow Falls - John Tams (3:53)
  13. 13 Wintergrace - Jean Ritchie (3:23)
  14. 14 Cherry Tree Carol - Shirley Collins (1:20)
  15. 15 Red & Green Christmas - Nadia Cattouse (2:28)
  16. 16 Emmanuel - The Watersons (2:28)
  17. 17 Song to Mithras - Peter Bellamy (2:02)
  18. 18 The Meadowhall Carol - Coope, Boyes & Simpson (4:31)
  19. 19 God Bless the Birthday Boy - The McCalmans (3:17)
  20. 20 Moving on Song - Ewan McCall (1:15)
  21. 21 Christmas Eve Can Kill You - Helen Watson (3:14)
  22. 22 Workhouse Boy - Halliard (3:16)
  23. 23 Snow Is on the Ground (Excerpt)/Snow Is on the Ground - Eleazor Tillett (4:06)
  24. 24 Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Enoch Kent (2:18)
  25. 25 Jack Frost & The Hooded Crow - Dave Pegg (3:21)
  26. 26 The Night Before Christmas - Mike Hockenhull (3:05)
  27. 27 The Christmas Tree - Charlie Fretwell (5:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Luke 2:1/White Shepherds - Nigel Schofield (2:05)
  2. 2 Christmas Must Be Tonight - Johnny Coppin (5:28)
  3. 3 On the Morning of Christ's Nativity/For Unto Us a Child - Jimmy Lawton (4:20)
  4. 4 Shepherds Arise - Bob Copper (2:21)
  5. 5 Luke 2:8/Sherburne - Sacred Harp Convention 1959 (1:57)
  6. 6 Hark Hark What News/Luke 2:7 - Singers At The Black Bill (3:11)
  7. 7 Once in Royal David's City - Martyn Wyndham-Read (4:20)
  8. 8 The Three Harks - Coope, Boyes & Simpson (3:33)
  9. 9 Wexford Carol - Maggie Boyle (3:56)
  10. 10 I Sing of a Maiden - Shirley Collins (1:53)
  11. 11 Lullay My Liking - The Young Tradition (2:09)
  12. 12 Silent Night - Bernie Parry (2:04)
  13. 13 The First Nowell - BaccaPella (3:09)
  14. 14 Matthew 2:1/Follow That Star - St. Agnes Fountain (4:42)
  15. 15 Star in the East (Brightest and Best) - John Roberts (1:51)
  16. 16 Astrologers' Journey - Johnny Coppin (4:27)
  17. 17 Journey of the Magi - T.S. Eliot (0:58)
  18. 18 Follow the Star - Maggie Boyle (3:44)
  19. 19 Herod & The Cock/Matt 2:18 - Nigel Schofield (1:15)
  20. 20 Coventry Carol/An Apocrypha - Joan Baez (1:57)
  21. 21 The Carnal & The Crane - New Scorpion Band (4:19)
  22. 22 Go Tell It on the Mountain - Mahalia Jackson (3:09)
  23. 23 On Christmas Day - May Bradley (1:29)
  24. 24 Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Druidstone (4:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Fire & Wine - Steve Ashley (4:33)
  2. 2 In the Winter - Laura Hockenhull (2:41)
  3. 3 Papa Ain't No Santy Claus - Butterbeans & Susie (3:19)
  4. 4 Winter Flowers - Martha Tilston (4:36)
  5. 5 Christmas in Prison - Fishken & Groves (2:56)
  6. 6 Jogging Along with My Reindeer - John Kirkpatrick (4:03)
  7. 7 Cardboard Christmas Boxes - Alan Hull (2:58)
  8. 8 Comfort & Joy - Clive Gregson (4:44)
  9. 9 First Snow in Brooklyn - Jethro Tull (4:58)
  10. 10 Lady Gay - Buell Kazee (3:05)
  11. 11 Peace O'er the World (Bradda Anthem) - Fraser & Boyes Freya (2:41)
  12. 12 Oh What a Lovely War/Christmas 1914 - Mike Harding (5:01)
  13. 13 Christmas Isn't What It Used to Be - Tim Moon (3:27)
  14. 14 Christmas - John Tams (1:07)
  15. 15 Ghost of Christmas Past - Mandy Morton Band (3:37)
  16. 16 Christmas Morning - Loudon Wainwright III (3:37)
  17. 17 Days of Holly & Mistletoe - Artisan (2:54)
  18. 18 Huron Carol - Carol Duveneck (1:56)
  19. 19 The King - The Strawbs (2:40)
  20. 20 The Christmas Hare - Muckram Wakes (2:24)
  21. 21 Chariots - John Kirkpatrick (6:20)
  22. 22 Remember Bethlehem - Kevin Loughran (2:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Old Christmas/Shooting - Nowell Sing We Clear (4:13)
  2. 2 Apple Tree Wassail - The Watersons (2:38)
  3. 3 Gloucestershire Wassail - The Albion Christmas Band (3:15)
  4. 4 The Oxen - Maddy Prior (2:50)
  5. 5 The Burning Babe - Mike Hockenhull (3:25)
  6. 6 Bushes and Briars - Sandy Denny (2:37)
  7. 7 Poor Ditching Boy - Richard Thompson (3:01)
  8. 8 Reading Clock Almanac - Jimmy Lawton (0:33)
  9. 9 Dunstan Lullaby - Coope, Boyes & Simpson (1:28)
  10. 10 Watts' Cradle Hymn - Maddy Prior (3:27)
  11. 11 Boar's Head Carol - Teeside Fettlers (1:47)
  12. 12 The Grinch - Boris Karloff (0:32)
  13. 13 Hunting the Wren - Winifred Woods (1:39)
  14. 14 Cully Wren - Ian Campbell Folk Group (2:25)
  15. 15 The Wren (The King) - Dave Swarbrick (1:40)
  16. 16 First Christmas Away from Home - Artisan (3:43)
  17. 17 Miner's Dream of Home - Fred Whiting (3:58)
  18. 18 Excerpt - Symondbury Mummers (0:35)
  19. 19 Happy Christmas (War Is Over)/We Sing Hallelujah - Alan Rose (3:07)
  20. 20 None But One - Jean Ritchie (6:16)
  21. 21 Mari Llwyd - John Clough (1:09)
  22. 22 Carol for the New Year - Nowell Sing We Clear (4:07)
  23. 23 The Oxplough Song - Johnny Collins (3:14)
  24. 24 Three Ships Suite - Steve Tilston (9:37)
  25. 25 Gower Wassail (Reprise)/Midnight Chimes - Phil Tanner (1:36)
  26. 26 The January Man - Martin Carthy (4:58)
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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
The Albion Christmas Band Arranger
Nadia Cattouse Composer
The Teesside Fettlers Arranger
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