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Maggie Sansone, Andrea Hoag & Sharon Knowles With Patrick Egan | Cold Frosty Morn At West River

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Cold Frosty Morn At West River

by Maggie Sansone, Andrea Hoag & Sharon Knowles With Patrick Egan

A unique blend of Celtic holiday and American roots music with instrumentals and Irish and Scottish songs in lyrical and heartfelt interpretations for the season.
Genre: Holiday: World
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1. Oh Come, O Come Emmanuel /Star of Munster /Joseph's Reel /Deck the Halls
5:38 album only
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2. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Song)
3:47 album only
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3. Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day/ I Saw Three Ships / Out On the Ocean / Lilting Banshee
3:27 album only
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4. Curoo, Curoo Carol of the Birds (Irish Song)
4:47 album only
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5. Angels We Have Heard On High / Ding Dong Merrily On High
2:59 album only
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6. Shetland Christmas Set: Da Day Dawn / Cold Nights of Winter / Faroe Rum / Spirit of Wassail
5:18 album only
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7. Noel Nouvelet / Patapan
2:53 album only
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8. Rose of Allendale (Scottish Song)
3:43 album only
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9. Christ Church Cathedral / A.A. Cameron's Strathspey / High Reel
4:17 album only
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10. Planting in Winter
3:08 album only
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11. Appalachian Christmas: I Wonder as I Wander (Song)
3:05 album only
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12. Go Tell It On the Mountain / Cold Frosty Morn Set
3:04 album only
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13. Mummer's March / Masters in the Hall
2:59 album only
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14. Sing a Song of Bethlehem (Irish Song)
2:14 album only
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15. Christ Church Bells / Joy to the World
1:58 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cold Frosty Morn at West River is a fresh exploration of holiday “roots music”— Celtic, Appalachian and traditional roots music as the musicians create lyrical interpretations of traditional music in celebration of the holiday season by a multi-cultural quartet that includes fiddle, Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, guitar, and vocals. Celebrate the many moods of the holiday season and enjoyable suitable for all ages. Recorded in the warm acoustics of the historic Christ Church, West River, which dates from 1867, Maggie’s Music record label is known for its “chamber folk” style which merges the complexity and skill of classical performance with the energy and drive of Irish and Scottish jigs and reels and Renaissance music of past centuries and today. Fiona Ritchie, NPR host The Thistle & Shamrock said “ Maggie’s Music has been at the heart of a musical movement that explores Celtic roots and American soul'. This recording will take the listener on a multi-cultural journey from an old time Appalachia fiddle tune, to Shetland reels to dancing carols and evocative Christmas carols and songs sung by Patrick Egan. About the ensemble: GRAMMY nominated fiddler Andrea Hoag is admired for her crossover fluency in northern European, Celtic and old-time American styles; Sharon Knowles is a national Scottish harp champion, born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Patrick Egan hails from Tipperary, Ireland; his plaintive rhythmic singing and guitar playing has recently garnered him a WAMMIE® award for Best Traditional/Irish Musician from the Washington Area Music Association. The ensemble is anchored by hammered dulcimer virtuoso and producer, Maggie Sansone who has best selling seasonal albums to her name. The album was recorded in the historic Christ Church, West River built in 1867 located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland (USA) and mastered and mixed by GRAMMIE ® winning sound engineer Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering. An Annapolis, MD-based label, Maggie’s Music has long maintained a national reputation for pitch-perfect holiday and winter releases. These include “A Scottish Christmas” ( Featuring Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone & Al Petteway) which was featured on CBS –Television “Sunday Morning” and praised in the New York Times and recordings by Ensemble Galilei whose live performances are featured on National Public Radio. The consistent quality and unique artistry of the Maggie’s Music sound has won critical praise for all the label’s holiday recordings. Also Andrea Hoag is well known for her own Grammy nominated holiday recording Hambo in the Snow.

“Whether Renaissance dance tunes and hymns of Celtic laments, lullabies and carols, the music crackles with energy and glides with grace.” The Washington Post

"A Top 10 Holiday Pick: Tempos are leisurely, the better to let the melodies ring; the tone is pristine." The New York Times

“An exquisite excursion through the centuries, and through those things that the generations have held dear, expertly and sensitively interpreted…Breathtaking from start to finish!” Dirty Linen, a magazine for Folk & World Music

"Ancient and infectious and so compelling, no matter what the listener's ancestry." CBS-TV's Sunday Morning

From the CD booklet (LINER NOTES):
We think romantically of charming Christmases in New England or Pennsylvania in the early days of our nation, but the truth is colder and harsher: Puritans were decidedly anti-Christmas, and even the Quakers treated the day as no different from any other. Instead, let’s go back to the earliest voyage to the new Catholic Colony of Maryland, where (as we learn from settler Hester Dorsey Richardson), the Catholics prayed mightily as bad weather swept the good ship The Ark in the Advent season of 1633; things improved so much that “From this time to our journey's end, about three months, we had not one houre of bad weather, but so prosprous a nauvigation as our mariners never saw so sweet a passage.” Christmas that year on the ship was a joyous one.

*When there was an attempt in the new colony to abolish the first acts of religious toleration in the New World by a group of Puritans also burned Catholic churches in Maryland, the great influx of Anglicans helped to mediate between faiths, and tolerance was reinstated. The Anglicans also loved Christmas: from the time St. Anne’s Parish was established in 1692, there are many stories of the true Colonial Christmas spirit. In the early 18th century Maryland Reverend George Herbert, wanted one and all to be sure "that the church be swept, and kept clean without dust, or cobwebs, and at great festivals strewed, and stuck with boughs, and perfumed with incense." Christ Church, on the West River, dates from 1867. It’s built in the “Carpenter Gothic” style that A.J. Davis advocated in the era, and is the happy home of Maggie’s latest Christmas celebration.

*It’s appropriate we have an Irish singer in Pat Egan: the bragging rights for the first Irish to succeed in the New World belong to this little state. The scion of the huge clan whose mark is across the founding of the nation, Charles Carroll, was an Irish Catholic. A well-educated student of law, he came to Maryland from Ireland in 1688 to serve Lord Baltimore as Attorney General. Our Scottish performer, Sharon Knowles will also be most at home on these shores. From Ninian Beall’s Maryland settlement of Scots in the early 1670s, to the subsequent Jacobites who were captured and sold as servants (or, in the case of so many, escaped to a Catholic-tolerant land after the defeat of Bonny Prince Charlie), this has been a home to people who celebrated Christmas with a Celtic temperament. Maggie’s Italian heritage is here as well. After the first craftsmen came in the early 1630s, Catholic Maryland was deemed a haven for Italian refugees; a formal declaration of the Lords Proprietaries of Maryland in 1649 encouraged Italians to migrate to the colony. And, in deference to our wonderful fiddler Andrea Hoag, the settlements that made up New Sweden extended into Maryland for decades.

*The pieces we’ve chosen are completely in keeping with a place and time of many merging traditions—recent and far past, Old World and New, sacred and joyous, thoughtful and hopeful. Our thoughts and hopes are with you and for you in this season: and may we be dreamers for a moment, and also wish that the idea of religious tolerance that was proffered 365 years ago in St. Mary’s City may once again catch fire in the hearts of everyone. ~ Robert Aubry Davis; Liner notes by Robert Aubry Davis of public radio and television and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. He is creator and host of the early music program Millennium of Music.

All tunes traditional except Tr. 9, Christ Church Cathedral by John Sheahan; Tr. 10, Planting in Winter Andrea Hoag, Wildflower Seed Music (BMI) Publisher: Wonders Crossroads Music (BMI)/ Maggie’s Music Administration.

CREDITS:
Booklet: Art Director: Maggie Sansone;Graphics: Viki Garte;Cover photo: Jordache/Shutterstock
Artists Photos: Maggie Sansone by Viki Garte, Andrea Hoag by Tom Radcliffe, Sharon Knowles by Dan McDermott, Patrick Egan by Sean McComisky.Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Charlie Pilzer (Airshow Mastering Takoma Recording Engineer: Gary Bowden recorded the music live in 2012 and 2013 at Christ Church, West River, Maryland (USA) during the during the annual Celtic Christmas Concerts.


TRACK INFO: Note that the Band as duo, trio and quartet performs on all tracks except Track 7. Noel Nouvelet / Patapan is a hammered dulcimer solo and Track 9- The first tune of the set Christ Church Cathedral is a Celtic Harp Solo.

About the Musicians:
Maggie Sansone (hammered dulcimer). One of America’s leading hammered dulcimer players, Maggie has performed and toured in Celtic and early music ensembles and owns Maggie’s Music, an independent, award-winning record label which pioneered the adventurous mix of two musical styles, known as “chamber folk” and was profiled on CBS- TV “Sunday Morning.” She is known for her Celtic and holiday recordings, is a popular performer at Celtic, renaissance and folk festivals around the United States and has won over two dozen WAMMIE awards for Celtic/Traditional Musician and Record Label from the Washington Area Music Association.

Andrea Hoag (fiddle) is a GRAMMY® nominee (for her Christmas recording Hambo in the Snow) and recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today, at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, and on numerous recordings and venues around the U.S. and abroad. Andrea is the founder of Freyda’s Hands, an arts non-profit fostering collaboration and education across the traditional performing arts, and a founding member of the acclaimed cross-cultural Dovetail Ensemble.

Sharon Knowles (Celtic harp) immigrated to the US from Argyll in the Highlands of Scotland. She quickly became a sought after performer, teacher, and conductor of harp workshops from North Carolina to Alaska and has toured in Europe and Scandinavia. Sharon was the first harp player to perform with both a Highland dancer and an Irish dancer - one example of her innovative attitude towards the Celtic Traditions.

Patrick Egan (guitar, vocals) is a singer and guitar player from Tipperary, Ireland known for his powerful emotive delivery and sensitive interpretation of songs and his driving Irish guitar playing. In 2015 he won the Wammie award for Best Trad/Folk singer (Washington Area Music Association). A sought after musicians, he has toured and recorded for twelve years with the Irish band Chulrua , and currently performs and collaborates with various musicians in the Irish and Old time genre.
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