Winter Solstice

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/1992
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661019225
  • Catalog Number: 192

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John McCutcheon Primary Artist, 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, Viol
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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