Mistletoe and Wine: A Seasonal Collection

Mistletoe and Wine: A Seasonal Collection

by Mediæval Bæbes

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Overview

Nettwerk's offering for the 2003 holiday onslaught is from Great Britain's pagan/early music/sensualist ensemble the Mediæval Bæbes. Ex-Miranda Sex Garden leader Katharine Blake steers the group through 15 Latin, Welsh, Italian, French, and English -- as in Old English -- yuletide standards. All of the songs, except for "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Dulce Jubilo," are culled from previous releases. Besides the occasional flourish of flute, harp, drum, and lute, these lovely secular and non-secular songs are for the most part performed a cappella. Highlights include the lush "Coventry Carol" and a beautiful rendition of the Latin chant "Gaudete," made famous by English folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span in 1972. This is not just an anthology of joyous festival music -- the babes can get downright spooky, especially on tracks like "Undrentide" -- it's an often somber examination of pre-Santa Claus holiday piety. The gorgeous closer, "Blow Northern Wind," erases some of that gloom, brings the wheel back around, and sets things right with its dreamy Enya-like lucidity. The production is crisp and clear, and the tracks are paced flawlessly, making Mistletoe and Wine: A Seasonal Collection a cut above the usual Christmas pap.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Nettwerk Records
UPC: 0067003032926
catalogNumber: 30329
Rank: 13170

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mediæval Bæbes   Primary Artist,Vocal Ensemble
David Lee Daniels   String Quartet,Musician
Gini Ball   Violin,Musician
Dorothy Carter   Zither,Hurdy-Gurdy,Musician
Nick Marsh   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Gavyn Wright   Violin,String Quartet,Musician
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola,String Quartet,Musician
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Trevor Sharpe   Percussion,Musician
Andy Nice   Cello,Musician
Teresa Casella   Vocals
Carmen Schneider   Vocals
Nichole Sleet   Vocals
Rachel Van Asch   Vocals
Ruth Galloway   Acoustic Guitar,Recorder,Vocals,Zither,Bass Recorder,Alto Recorder,Musician
Vince Johnson   Percussion,Musician
Audrey Evans   Keyboards,Vocals,Musician
Marie Findley   Vocals
Claire Ravel   Vocals
Cylindra Sapphire   Keyboards,Vocals,Musician
Nicole Frobusch   Vocals
Karen Lupton   Vocals
Sophie Evans   Vocals
Emily Ovenden   Vocals
Rachel Van Asch   Vocals
Katherine Blake   Violin,Glockenspiel,Harmonium,Recorder,Vocals,Descant,Hurdy-Gurdy,Soprano Recorder,Alto Recorder,Musician
Stephen Yates   Cittern
Mike Servent   Piano

Technical Credits

John Cale   Producer
Bernart de Ventadorn   Composer
Dawn Atkinson   Producer
Nick Marsh   Arranger
Nick Harris & The Soundbarriers   String Arrangements
Alonza Bevan   Contribution
Declan Colgan   Producer,Engineer
Trevor Sharpe   Percussion Arrangement
Toby Wood   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Mediæval Bæbes   Arranger
Ruth Galloway   Arranger,Bass Programming
Traditional   Composer
Sean Genockey   Engineer
Cylindra Sapphire   Composer,Contributor
Magic   Contribution
Tony Wood   Producer,Engineer
Katherine Blake   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements,Percussion Arrangement
Nick Harris   String Arrangements
Nóirín Ní Riain   translation

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