Anwyn & George Leverett | Christmas Around the Hearth

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Christmas Around the Hearth

by Anwyn & George Leverett

Christmas favorites & some unique finds played on Celtic harp, hurdy gurdy, bowed psaltry, hammered dulcimer.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angles We Have Heard On High
3:33 $0.99
2. Carol of the Bells
3:18 $0.99
3. Festa Dies Agitur
2:33 $0.99
4. The Boar's Head Carol
3:33 $0.99
5. Oh Christmas Tree
4:09 $0.99
6. Deck the Halls
3:37 $0.99
7. The 25th of December
2:43 $0.99
8. Hey Ho Nobody Home
4:12 $0.99
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3:35 $0.99
10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
2:21 $0.99
11. What Child Is This (greensleeves)
3:25 $0.99
12. Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie
4:09 $0.99
13. Ubi Caritas
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Christmas Around the Hearth is for people who want to celebrate the season without the religious aspects. It is a mixture of mellow and lively tunes, mostly instrumental dating from 1200 to Victorian times. It has a Medieval
flavor. It is amazing to hear the carols played on the ancient instruments. One of the vocals, The "Boar's Head Carol" is sung at a feast at the Oxford College in England every Christmas since the 1200's! It's actually based on an even older Norse song from the 900's. Liner notes include histories of the songs you thought you knew. This CD is a refreshing take on the old standards and carols you may have not heard before. Great for Medieval feasts!

George & Anwyn Leverett BIO
Ancient, Traditional & Contemporary Celtic Music

2007 marks the 15th anniversary of the acclaimed Celtic music duo, George & Anwyn Leverett. They have
played such diverse venues as Celtic and Blue Grass festivals, Nevada casinos, pubs, fairs, school assemblies and sold-out concerts. They performed the "Green Show" of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival for seven years, before moving to Oregon.
They have a passion for Irish and Scottish music that proclaims itself with each performance. Ancient,
traditional and contemporary Celtic music comes to life with their wide variety of old world instruments. Anwyn and
George play Irish fiddle, cittern, guitar, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, zither, hammer dulcimer, bowed psaltery, penny
whistle & recorder but George's main instrument is the beautiful self-made 36 string "Lady Harp" They blend a
kaleidoscope of sounds and textures that makes no two songs sound the same.
George hand-built all the old-world instruments used on their recordings for the best possible tone and
authenticity. The combination of these rare, ancient instruments creates a beautiful ethereal sound that is no longer available in modern music.
Their CDs, Skye Boat, Songs from Shadow Wood, Altar Wind and Christmas Around the Hearth have sold over
50,000 copies. Relaxation and gentle peace are the keywords to describe this collection of CDs. Skye Boat has an "ocean feel", Songs from Shadow Wood has a "forest feel", Altar Wind is "open and airy and reflective". Their new release, Hearth Light is a cheery collection of jigs & reels, with 3 light vocals, as warm and lazy as a walk down an Irish country lane and bright as a dancing candle flame.
George & Anwyn Leverett's music is played on Celtic music radio shows across the US, Canada, Australia,
Ireland, Russia and Brazil. For more information visit their web site at For information on old world instruments hand built by George Leverett go to



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Earl E Beneda

Christmas Around the Hearth
Really, I get bored hearing the same Christmas carols played the same way year after year! This is one of the most refreshing "traditional" collections I have heard. "Oh Christmas Tree" played on a bowed psaltery! Fantastic. I have never understood why "Hey Ho, Nobody Home" is played as a cheerful tune. Just the tone in George's voice allows you you to realize the ulterior motive behind the lyrics in this song. This is a lovely collection and one I will listen to every year!