Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

by John McCutcheon
     
 

Lovers of subdued, traditional acoustic Celtic holiday music will get the most out of this re-released sweetly conceived hammer dulcimer project, which, listeners are informed, is for Christmas, Chanukah, and the New Year's season, so as not to leave anyone out. The multi-instrumentalist's apparent intention is a small and simple production, with just enough whimsy to… See more details below

Overview

Lovers of subdued, traditional acoustic Celtic holiday music will get the most out of this re-released sweetly conceived hammer dulcimer project, which, listeners are informed, is for Christmas, Chanukah, and the New Year's season, so as not to leave anyone out. The multi-instrumentalist's apparent intention is a small and simple production, with just enough whimsy to keep it interesting. He partakes in a lively, jig-flavored dulcimer/fiddle duet on the opening track (which combines two traditional hymns), then keeps the duet flavor going but slows down for a mournful "Erev Shel Shoshanim." That's the basic mood swing here, from simply joyful to more reflective, mixing originals with pieces like Handel's "For Unto Us a Child Is Born." Folkies might prefer the vocal breaks by McCutcheon himself and the mini choir on "Star in the East."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/1992
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0011661019225
catalogNumber:
192

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Tracks

  1. Christmas Day Ida Moarnin/Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella  - John McCutcheon
  2. Erev Shel Shoshanim  - John McCutcheon
  3. Willie's Waltz  - John McCutcheon
  4. Christmas in the Trenches  - John McCutcheon
  5. Star in the East  - John McCutcheon
  6. Old Christmas Morning/Breaking up Christmas  - John McCutcheon
  7. Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head  - John McCutcheon
  8. For Unto Us a Child Is Born  - John McCutcheon
  9. Huron Carol  - John McCutcheon
  10. Detroit, December  - John McCutcheon
  11. Down in Yon Forest/New Year's Eve  - John McCutcheon

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John McCutcheon   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Hammered Dulcimer
Sam Rizzetta   Dulcimer,Hammered Dulcimer
Trapezoid   Hammered Dulcimer
Lorraine Duisit   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Harp,Vocals,Mandocello,Bowed Psaltery
Washington Bach Consort   Strings
Freyda Epstein   Fiddle,Viola,Vocals
Ralph Gordon   Bass,Cello
Howard Levy   Synthesizer,Harmonica,Piano,Ocarina,Recorder,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Paul Reisler   Dulcimer,Guitar,Piano,Hammered Dulcimer,Bowed Psaltery
Dana Steinhauser   Bass,Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Bob Welland   Harp
Jesse Winch   Bodhran
Tom Jones   Percussion,Chimes,Bells,Crotale

Technical Credits

John McCutcheon   Arranger
Washington Bach Consort   String Ensemble
Bill McElroy   Engineer
Paul Reisler   Producer
Bob Welland   Contributor
Jesse Winch   Contributor
Miyo Ohshima   Adaptation,Design Adaptation
Josef Hader   Composer

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