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Loreena McKennitt’s Under A Winter’s Moon was recorded live during a series of seasonal concerts in a historic church sanctuary around the time of the solstice in December 2021.
The two-disc package features approximately an hour’s worth of music and half an hour of spoken word which intertwine to create a unique and evocative seasonal listening experience.
Under A Winter’s Moon is a captivating, live performance rich with a miscellany of carols and tales that incorporate McKennitt’s eclectic Celtic sound with elements of indigenous oral traditions found in many cultures. It offers both a connection to the past and a link to the abiding spirit of the season, which continue to weave us together today and beyond.
This is McKennitt’s third seasonal recording and the 16th album in her catalogue. The 15 songs on the new release include such beloved favourites as “Snow”, “Coventry Carol”, “Good King Wenceslas” and “Huron Carol”– the oldest known Canadian Christmas song. The seasonal tales are narrated by actors Cedric Smith and Tom Jackson, and artist Jeffrey Red George. McKennitt, who in addition to vocals plays harp, keyboard and accordion, is accompanied by Caroline Lavelle on cello and recorders, Graham Hargrove on percussion, Errol Fischer on fiddle, Pete Watson on guitar and 12-string bouzouki, and Cait Watson on Irish whistle, all of whom also provide back-up vocals.
1. Tom Jackson Reads The Sky Woman Story
3. Let Us The Infant Greet
4. The Wexford Carol
5. Banquet Hall
6. Dickens’ Dublin
7. Un Flambeau Jeanette, Isabelle / I Saw Three Ships Medley
8. Jeffrey George Recites Winter Diamonds
9. Huron Carol
10. Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined
2. A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Part One
3. The Holly and the Ivy
4. A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Part Two
5. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
6. A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Part Three
7. Gloucestershire Wassail
8. A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Part Four
9. Good King Wenceslas
10. A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Part Five
11. Coventry Carol
12. A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Part Six
13. In The Bleak Midwinter