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Winter Light

by K.E.W.T.

A collection of instrumental and sung seasonal songs from Samhain to Solstice to Christmas performed on Upright Bass, Piano, Mandolin, Guitar, Citern, Autoharp, and Pikasso.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. See Amid the Winter Snow
3:31 album only
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2. Big Ol' Toboggan
3:57 album only
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3. Great Wheel (Tumble Down)
2:46 album only
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4. A' Soalin'
4:48 album only
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5. Sojourn
2:52 album only
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6. The Huron Carol (Iesus Ahatonia)
2:59 album only
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7. Dorval's Descent
2:13 album only
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8. In the Bleak Midwinter
4:25 album only
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9. Slouching Toward Bethlehem
2:23 album only
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10. The Sussex Carol
2:03 album only
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11. Song for a Winter's Night
3:04 album only
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12. Love Came Down At Christmas
2:48 album only
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13. Silent Night (Stile Nacht, Heilige Nacht)
2:33 album only
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14. Winter Light
4:47 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Blue Northern Music - Made In Canada
Kathryn Briggs - Piano, Vocals
John Geggie - Bass
Terry Tufts - Strings, Vocals
Guest Vocalists - Beth Tufts & David Francey

K . E . W . T . - WINTER LIGHT
A COLLECTION OF SEASONAL SOUNDS FROM SAMHAIN TO SOLSTICE
Blue Northern Music - Made In Canada
Kathryn Briggs - Piano, Vocals
John Geggie - Bass
Terry Tufts - Strings, Vocals

www.facebook.com/KEWT2 - www.kewtmusic.com

Produced by Kathryn Briggs, Ken Friesen, John Geggie, and Terry Tufts
All songs arranged by K.E. Briggs, K.R. Friesen, J.D. Geggie, and W.T. Tufts

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Marc Beneteau, David Francey, Pat Hawley, Linda Manzer,
Ian Tamblyn, Elizabeth Tufts, Ian Weston, and Peggy White

1 - See Amid The Winter's Snow - Edward Caswell
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass
W.T. - '04 Beneteau 7 string steel, Unknown Mandolin

Imagine a snow-covered log cabin in the woods, with an old upright piano named Prudence. Friends have stopped in to play and are waiting out a snow storm. They don’t mind the wait at all... - K.E.

2 - Big ‘Ol Toboggan - W.T. Tufts
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass
W.T. - '69 Gibson B45-12 string, '14 Terz by Ian Weston and Pat Hawley

When I was about 4 or 5, my brother Tim, my cousins and I took my father's gynormous beast of a toboggan down to the shore of Lake Erie and launched it from the Hatch's pagoda-roofed boat house. We destroyed the toboggan.....then we ran and got out the saucers and followed suit. - W.T.

BIG OL’ TOBOGGAN

I clearly remember when I was a kid
When winter came calling the things we all did
The snow forts, the snowballs, the fights that ensued
But no one got hurt bad and no one got sued
One, two or three scarves, a toque and a hood
Three pairs of socks and a big pair of boots
Mitts that were pinned to the sleeves of my coat
A forty-pound kid with eighteen pounds of clothes

We’d get such a sting on the ears and the nose
The snow was so deep and the lake always froze
A little too cold and the clothes never fit
But it didn’t much matter when I was a kid
Our skating was bad; we were useless on skis,
(We just couldn’t seem to stay clear of the trees)
But we had the best thrill there was to be found
‘Cause we had the biggest toboggan around

CHORUS

What’s still the best cure for midwinter blues?
When I’ve got the choice to make, here’s what I choose:
Fly through the front gate and pump up the heart rate
Five kids ‘n three dogs ‘n right out of our noggin’s
That big ol’ toboggan was king

While most played at being a sports king or queen,
A Jean Beliveau or the next Nancy Greene,
Athletic young heroes all of our neighbourhood,
And we were just bent on bein’ Gilles Villeneuve
Unmotivated was ev’ryone’s read
Voted the most likely not to succeed
But we were all fearless, ‘n to offer up proof
We launched the toboggan right off of the roof

REPEAT CHORUS

The bow split as we hit the roadway below
‘N sped ninety yards down a steep icy slope
Five racing hearts stuck in five skinny throats
Ridin’ a rocket and goin’ for broke
Mitts, scarves, ‘n hats, dogs ‘n kids ev’rywhere
The toboggan was toothpicks rainin’ down from the air
We all shook our heads, someone spat out a tooth….
Then it was out with the saucers, boys, back up the roof

REPEAT CHORUS

W.T. TUFTS
SOCAN

3 - Great Wheel (Tumble Down) - W.T. Tufts
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass W.T. - '69 Yamaha FG 180

An aural illustration of the sun as it commences tracing its' wheel around the sun at Winter Solstice. - W.T.

4 - A’Soalin’
- Noel Paul Stookey, T. Batteast, E. Mezzetti (Neworld Music/Warner/Chappell)
Guest vocalists - Beth Tufts, David Francey
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass W.T. - Manzer Pikass, Unknown Mandolin

First heard this performed on the recording PETE, PAUL, AND MARY IN CONCERT. Many thanks to David Francey and daughter Beth for adding to the humour, joy, and laughter of the project....and to Ken Friesen for letting us bring horses into the studio. (Sorry 'bout the mess. I promise I'll get to it.....) - W.T.

A-SOALIN’

Hey-ho nobody home
Meat ‘nor drink ‘nor money have I none
Yet shall we be merry
Hey-ho nobody home

Hey-ho nobody home
Meat ‘nor drink ‘nor money have I none
Yet sall we be merry
Hey-ho nobody home

CHORUS

Soal, a soal, a soal cake,
Please, good missus, a soal cake,
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him that made us all.

God bless the master of this house
And the mistress also,
And all the little children
That round your table grow;
The cattle in your stable,
The dogs at your front door,
And all that dwell within your gates
We'll wish you ten times more.

REPEAT CHORUS

Go down into the cellar
And see what you can find;
If the barrels are not empty
We'll hope that you'll be kind;
We'll hope that you'll be kind
With your apple and your pear,
And we'll come no more a-soulin'
‘Til Christmas time next year.

REPEAT CHORUS

The streets are very dirty,
Me shoes are very thin,
I have a little pocket
To put a penny in;
If you haven't got a penny
A ha'penny will do;
If you haven't got a ha'penny
God bless you.

Now to the Lord sing praises all you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace.
This holy tide of Christmas of beauty and of grace,
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

5 - Sojourn - (K.E. Briggs, J.D. Geggie, W.T. Tufts)
In Medley With: We Three Kings (John Henry Hopkins), La Marche Des Rois Mages (Trad.), God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Trad.)
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass W.T. - '69 Gibson B45-12 string, Unknown Citern

A tone poem illustrating the journey of the 3 kings through the desert at night, by way of the stars. Thank you, Ian Tamblyn for the loan of a Gibson B45-12. After years of listening to the guitar work of Scott Fraser (from the band Space Opera), I took to tune the octave strings to fifths. Kathryn and I jammed it into rough shape and once we started full rehearsals, John embellished and put the final touches on it.

6 - The Huron Carol (lesous Ahatonhia) - Jean de Brébeuf
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Bass by Wenzel B. Wilfer W.T. – Vocals

Since my days in Sunday school, this has always been a favourite, though its’ significance has shifted for me over the years. The sparseness in this arrangement is all about the moonlight through the leafless trees and the welcome stillness winter brings. - K.E.

Iesus Ahatonnia/The Huron Carol

Ehstehn yayau deh tsaun we yisus ahattonnia
O na wateh wado:kwi nonnwa 'ndasqua entai
ehnau sherskwa triv-ota nonnwa 'ndi yaun rashata
Iesus Ahattonnia, Ahattonnia, Iesus Ahattonnia


7 - Dorval’s Descent - W.T. Tufts
J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass W.T. - '14 White 6 string steel

For Yves Dorval inspired by a near-death experience on a toboggan....ok, adrenaline boosting experience at least. Scared the hell out of me. - W.T.

8 - In The Bleak Midwinter - Christina Rossetti/Gustav Holst
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass W.T. - Manzer Pikasso

While we chose not to use vocals for this, I still hear them as we play...
For Christina Rossetti, one of my women’s studies heroes - K.E.

9 - Slouching Toward Bethlehem - W.T. Tufts
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass W.T. - Manzer Pikasso,
'69 Yamaha FG 180

The title comes from a poem by William Butler Yeats called THE SECOND COMING. At the end of WW I people were so universally touched by four years, three months, and fourteen days of horror that a movement emerged promoting the belief that the Messiah MUST be returning if only to alleviate the hopelessness brought on by political manipulation and death. The image painted by the last two lines of the donkey carrying mother and child were most striking:

"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

Linda Manzer, maker of the Pikasso used on this cut, says "Yeats lived in my mother's house in Oxford England when she was a wee baby." Selah. - W.T.

10 - The Sussex Carol - Luke Wadding
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Bass by Wenzel B. Wilfer W.T. - '14 White 6 string steel

“News of great joy...” Yup, we’ve got the joy down. - K.E.

11 - Song For A Winter’s Night - G.M. Lightfoot (Moose Music)
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Wilfer Bass W.T. - '69 Yamaha FG 180, Manzer Pikasso

Always been a nice snowy tune...even though it was written in Cleveland in a thunderstorm. - W.T.

SONG FOR A WINTER’S NIGHT - G. M. Lightfoot (Moose Music - Early Morning Music)

The lamp is burning low upon my tabletop
The snow is softly falling
The air is still within the silence of my room
I hear your voice softly calling
If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy
Just to hold the hands I love
On this winter night with you

The smoke is rising
In the shadows overhead
My glass is almost empty
I read again between
The lines upon the page
The words of love you sent me

If I could know within my heart
That you were lonely too
I would be happy
Just to hold the hands I love
On this winter night with you

The fire is dying now
My lamp is growing dim
The shades of night are lifting
The morning light
Steals across my windowpane
Where webs of snow are drifting

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy
Just to hold the hands I love
And to be once again with you
On this winter night with you



12 - Love Came Down At Christmas - Christina Rossetti
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Bass by Wenzel B. Wilfer W.T. - '04 Beneteau 7 string steel

Did I mention I loved Christina Rossetti? - K.E.

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS

Love came down at Christmas
Love all lovely, love divine
Love was born at Christmas
Star and angels gave the sign

Love shall be our token
Love be yours and love be mine
Love to God and others
Love for plea and gift and sign

13 - Stile Nacht, heilige Nacht - Franz Xaver Gruber
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Bass by Wenzel B. Wilfer
W.T. - '14 Terz by Ian Weston and Pat Hawley , ChromAharp autoharp, Unknown Mandolin

Terry envisioned a parlour party, hence the autoharp. This interpretation invites singing... - K.E.

14 - Winter Light
12th Century Trad. Melody - The Wexford Carol
K.E. - 1885 Heintsman Upright Grand J.G - '52 Bass by Wenzel B. Wilfer W.T. - Manzer Pikasso Archtop

Lyric - W.T. Tufts
Guest vocalists - Beth Tufts & David Francey

This is the sub-sonic sound of the stars labouriously swinging into line to point to the sunrise on December 25th. New lyrics because we wanted to send everyone home with a good thought. The melody is a wonderful 12th century mixolydian roadmap credited to County Wexford in Ireland. David Francey said "It's like Hendrix meets baby Jesus." Kudos to Ken Friesen for the soundscaping and Beth, David, and Kath for the angel choir and John Geggie for being the sun... and Thor. - W.T.

WINTER LIGHT (Sung to the tune of THE WEXFORD CAROL)


Good people all throughout the Earth
Rest softly now and hear these words
Kind blessings send this Christmas Night
And grateful be for Winter Light




Now unto all good fortune¬¬¬ be
With open heart and honesty
Be grateful for this loving space
And gently sleep in love’s embrace

W.T. TUFTS
SOCAN

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