To Drive the Cold Winter Away [Bonus DVD]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded in various halls and abbeys in Ireland, and completed in the Church of Our Lady in Guelph, Ontario, harpist/arranger/vocalist Loreena McKennitt's first foray into the crowded field of holiday music -- she would go on to release an EP called Winter Garden in 1995 -- is steeped in old-world atmosphere. To Drive the Cold Winter Away celebrates the winter solstice through eight traditional English, Scottish, and Irish carols and ballads and two Mckennitt originals. The artist's reverence for her source material is moving, and her meticulous yet simple arrangements help tracks such as "The Wexford Carol," "The Kings," and "Let Us the Infant Greet" resonate ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded in various halls and abbeys in Ireland, and completed in the Church of Our Lady in Guelph, Ontario, harpist/arranger/vocalist Loreena McKennitt's first foray into the crowded field of holiday music -- she would go on to release an EP called Winter Garden in 1995 -- is steeped in old-world atmosphere. To Drive the Cold Winter Away celebrates the winter solstice through eight traditional English, Scottish, and Irish carols and ballads and two Mckennitt originals. The artist's reverence for her source material is moving, and her meticulous yet simple arrangements help tracks such as "The Wexford Carol," "The Kings," and "Let Us the Infant Greet" resonate with all of the grace and piousness that the lyrics and poems strive for. McKennitt has succeeded in making a beautiful, haunting, and ambitious yuletide song cycle that despite taking itself a little too seriously, ranks among her finest. [In 2004, To Drive the Cold Winter Away was remastered and re-released with new liner notes and a bonus DVD that features videos for "The Bonny Swans" and "The Mummers' Dance," as well as a 26-minute documentary exploring the artist's myriad influences.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 774213910226
  • Catalog Number: 1269179
  • Sales rank: 131,609

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In Praise of Christmas (6:06)
  2. 2 The Seasons (4:51)
  3. 3 The Kings (2:05)
  4. 4 Banquet Hall (3:53)
  5. 5 Snow (5:38)
  6. 6 Balulalow (3:12)
  7. 7 Let Us the Infant Greet (3:47)
  8. 8 The Wexford Carol (6:10)
  9. 9 The Stockford Carol (3:06)
  10. 10 Let All That Are to Mirth Inclined (9:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 No Journey's End
  2. 2 The Bonny Swans
  3. 3 The Mummers' Dance
  4. 4 Explore the Music of Loreena McKennitt
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loreena McKennitt Primary Artist, Accordion, Harp, Tambourine, Vocals, celtic harp, tin whistle, finger cymbals
Cedric Smith Vocals
Shannon Purves-Smith Viol
Technical Credits
Brian Hughes Audio Master
Steve Hall Audio Master
Loreena McKennitt Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Thomas Ryan Authoring
Jeff Wolpert Audio Master
Brian K. Lee Authoring
Holly Warburton Director
Philip King Director, Producer
Archibald Lampman Composer
Richard Dadd Artwork
John Hazen Engineer
George Seara Digital Editing
Jannie McInnes Producer
Mark Hesselink Director
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