Loreena's second, self-produced recording presents seasonal music with a fresh and serendipitous approach. This collection of traditional and lesser-known winter and Christmas carols was recorded in 1987 on location at The Church Of Our Lady in Guelph, Ontario, and in Ireland at a Benedictine monastery, Glenstal Abbey, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig.
"As a child, my most vivid impression of music for the winter season came from songs and carols recorded in churches or great halls, rich with their own unique ambience and tradition. In that spirit, I have ventured into several similar locations that I have come to cherish in my travels. The arrangements are sparse, but somehow I felt that reflected the dynamics of the fall and winter seasons, and that there can be much beauty in such simplicity. As it is recorded on location, you may occasionally hear sounds of life continuing on around us. We hope these are not distracting, but rather are embraced like flecks of straw in the wool sweater your grandmother might have knitted to keep the cold winter away." - L. M.
- Numbered, Limited Edition
- 180g Vinyl
|Loreena McKennitt||ocals, troubadour & Celtic harp, accordion, tambourine, finger cymbals, tin whistle|
|Shannon Purves-Smith||viols ("In Praise Of Christmas", "The Wexford Carol")|
|Cedric Smith||vocals ("The King")|
- In Praise Of Christmas
- The Seasons
- The King
- Banquet Hall
- Let Us The Infant Greet
- The Wexford Carol
- The Stockford Carol
- Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined