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Invite the Light

by Banshee in the Kitchen

Tunes to warm your midwinter spirit. An eclectic, very original collection of beautiful seasonal arrangements by this popular acoustic trio.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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2. Huron Carol/Patapan
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3. Hashivenu
3:56 $0.99
4. Jeanette-Isabella Set
6:48 $0.99
5. Bottom of the Punchbowl Set
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6. Le Sommeil de L'Enfant Jesus
2:58 $0.99
7. Cook in the Kitchen Set
4:13 $0.99
8. Late Winter Waltz
4:28 $0.99
9. Captain O'Kane/River
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10. Lagao Meri Naiya Satguru Par
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11. Aveenu Malkenu
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Album Notes
Acoustic trio Banshee in the Kitchen offers a winter feast with the release of their fourth album, INVITE THE LIGHT: WORLD MUSIC FOR WINTER (Speirbhean Records, 2006). The touring band, based in Bakersfield, California, transcends their trademark New Celtic sound, infusing an eclectic array of seasonal tunes with fresh insight and beauty.

Banshee in the Kitchen brings all the right ingredients to the seasonal mix of Invite the Light, creating an ambience that welcomes winter and warms the spirit. It's among a small handful of new seasonal albums to make the Echoes playlist in 2006.

- John Diliberto, Host-Producer of Echoes
the music soundscape heard on 130 public radio stations and at www.echoes.org

INVITE THE LIGHT charts new territory for the Banshee. From lesser known Christmas carols to haunting Jewish melodies, the album pays musical visits to France, India, England, Ireland, Los Angeles, and a living room in Aurora, Colorado. Add superb audio production from Hollywood mastering wizard Bernie Becker, and you have a midwinter’s delight In your own CD player.

“We have wanted to make a holiday album for longer than we’ve been us—Banshee in the Kitchen, that is. True to Banshee form, the result is eclectic, born of our diverse spiritual paths and shared sense of the season as a time when light emerges from darkness. … we chose devotional and festive tunes we loved, adding a touch of romance and sadness to round out the midwinter picture.” - liner notes, INVITE THE LIGHT

Banshee in the Kitchen has been touring and recording since 2001. Their first three albums are If We Were Us (2002) and Catching the Mooncoin (2003), and Even Hotter Water (2005). Their recordings and live performances have been featured on Echoes (PRI) as well as other public and internet-enabled radio shows, and continue to get regular play in Ireland, Europe, Australia, and across the U.S.

Banshee in the Kitchen is: national hammered dulcimer champion Brenda Hunter (fiddle, hammered dulcimer), Jill Egland (flute, accordion, whistle, bodhran) and Mary Tulin (six- and twelve-string guitar, bouzouki).



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cecilia alfeld

great cd good music
Many tradional tune, lots of good instruments not always found in other groups

sarojani rohan

uplifting, seasonal mood-setting, technically incredible
This CD sets the perfect tone for the season. The selections evoke the full spectrum from the tender beauties of the season to the up-tempo celebratory festiveness.
All musicians are incredibly and technically proficent on their individual instruments and so the collective sound is stunningly beautiful.


I love this music - beautifully played and orchestrated - who wrote late winter waltz ???

Joe Ross

...and 1/2 ... Buoyant, melodic tunes full of memorable images & perceptions
Playing Time – 50:42 -- Celtic instruments are perfect for capturing the many seasonal moods of winter. Drawing upon material from English, Irish, Indian, Jewish and French traditions, the three women of Banshee in the Kitchen arrange their instrumental tunes with considerable artistic skill. Balancing their audacity with reverence for the art form, “bansheefying” traditional tunes imparts contemporary freshness to them. The Bakersfield trio’s fourth album emphasizes buoyant, melodic tunes that are full of memorable images and perceptions of one’s own device. Several tracks (like the unnamed melody that appears in track four) are quite somber and impressionistic like a Celtic lamentation.

Brenda Hunter, Jill Egland and Mary Tulin are proficient multi-instrumentalists who are precise on their hammered dulcimer, fiddle, accordion, bodhran, flute, whistle, guitars and bouzouki. On “Invite the Light,” they are joined by guest Jeff Basile Pekarek on acoustic bass. Hunter is a National Hammered Dulcimer champion (Winfield, Ks.), and she once busked with reels and jigs on street corners in Colorado years ago. Her original “Late Winter Waltz” was inspired by snowflakes drifting on the breeze. Egland’s accordion is best showcased in their “Cook in the Kitchen” set. Tulin’s fingerpicked guitar accompaniment is exquisite, and her flatpicked Irish bouzouki is a treat to hear on an Indian folk hymn from her own spiritual path, “Lagao Meri Naiya Satguru Par,” although some slight percussion would have enhanced the rendition. Dare I say it, but I even had a vision of hearing some synthesized sounds or vocals to embellish some of the frostier musical moods. The “Bottom of the Punchbowl/I Saw Three Ships” set comes across as the most festive track on the disc.

Banshee in the Kitchen’s beautiful world music for winter is more pensive than gleeful. The band that takes its name from those wailing female spirits of Gaelic folklore shows that they also have a passionate heart to capture the tranquility of a snowy morning, windy rain, or icy veil of the season. “Invite the Light” is yet another well-wrought artistic achievement for this trio that has been together since 2001. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)