Tuesday, November 13, 2007

winter music

Light and darkness, warmth and cold, connection and reflection, preparation and celebration, community and solitude, journey out and coming home -- all these are part of the work and the joy of winter. Music is a part of it all, as well -- but what if holiday music isn’t your sort of thing, or your tradition -- or maybe it all is, but you’d like a bit of non holiday music while still keeping the love, joy, peace, and friendship that resonate through the world at this season? It is, after all,the season of Advent in the Christian calendar, a season for preparation and reflection.

Take a listen...

Donal Clancy, Close to Home-- this is just the man an his guitar, a quiet, inviting set of traditional Irish music, familiar and unfamiliar, from an artist who is one of the mainstays of Irish guitar

Hanneke Cassel, Silver -- fire, grace, passion, kangaroos, jasmine flowers, and a tribute to the Red Sox., all framed in Scottish style fiddling.

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, In the Moment -- an inspired conversation between fiddle and cello on tunes in the Celtic tradition that nevertheless include trips to Pakistan, Tenerife, and San Francisco

Russ Barenberg, When at Last -- original guitar tunes ranging from jazz to Americana

So far, instrumental music. Now for the singers

many of them, on Hands Across the Water -- a A list roster of Americana and Celtic artists including Vince Gill, Tim O’Brien, and John Cowan, Altan, Flook, and Maura O’Connell, on songs of hope, faith, and healing

Eric Merrill, Western Star -- Celtic and American songs and tunes in a graceful tapestry that honors and connects both

Cathie Ryan, The Farthest Wave -- a journey through grief, loss, hope, and healing framed in Irish and American traditional songs, several very fine originals and on point covers that evoke the natural world as well as the human one

Carrie Newcomer, Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer
Betty’s Diner, and Newcomer’s songs, are both original work grounded in Americana.

you may also want to see
Music Road: first week in advent

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