Friday, November 02, 2007

first dust of winter music


It's turning toward winter here in the northern hemisphere, leaves changing colors and first dusts of snow and breath of winter winds.

Music to go along with these changes includes A Winter's Eve, in which Alison Brown, Tim O'Brien, John R. Burr, Pierce Pettis, and others offer a collection that invokes the quiet and spiritual side of winter.

The all woman instrumental group Banshee in the Kitchen has a recording called Invite the Light which includes songs for winter from varied spiritual tradtions along with Celtic inspired tunes.

If you're looking for music for winter reflection that doesn't tend toward spiritual tradition, you might try Rachel Barton Pine's Scottish Fantasies. She's a violinist who gets to the right balance of several classical pieces inspired by Scots folk song, and renown Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser jouns her for a medley of Scots folk tunes at the end of the recording.

Speaking of Fraser, he and Natalie Haas have a very fine new recording out, called In the Moment. More on that to come.

And if you're already thinking Christmas, we'll be getting to that soon here too, with music from Matt and Shannon Heaton, Tish Hinojosa, Kathy Mattea, and a range of Celtic and Americana artists. Stay tuned...

you may also want to see

Music Road: winter meditation: aine minogue

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