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We Follow the Star

by Richard Dillon

We Follow the Star is a collection of well- and lesser-known Christmas music as well as two original compositions. An eclectic combination of synth, lute, hurdy gurdy, violin, alto flute, harp and percussion
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1. Wexford Carol (feat. Corinne Seganos)
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2. A Winter's Night (feat. Corinne Seganos)
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3. Huron Carol (feat. Corinne Seganos)
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4. We Follow the Star
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5. Coventry Carol (feat. Corinne Seganos)
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6. Silent Night (feat. Corinne Seganos)
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7. I Saw Three Ships (feat. Corinne Seganos)
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8. What Child Is This? (feat. Corinne Seganos)
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9. In the Bleak Midwinter (feat. Corinne Seganos)
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Album Notes
This album is an eclectic mix of well- and lesser-known Christmas Music. All track descriptions marked with an * are taken from Wikipedia.

Wexford Carol *

“is a traditional religious Irish Christmas carol originating from County Wexford and, specifically, Enniscorthy … sometimes known by its first verse ‘Good people all this Christmas time’ … The words are maybe older than the tune, which likely came from the wave of Irish Music during the late 18th and through the entire 19th century, American Civil War period.”

A Winter’s Night

is an original composition summarizing the Christmas story. The beginning of the composition is an aural representation of a cold Winter’s night with shepherds in the field.

Huron Carol *

“is a Canadian Christmas hymn (Canada's oldest Christmas song), written probably in 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people; the song's original Huron title is "Jesous Ahatonhia" ("Jesus, he is born"). The song's melody is based on a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid"). The well-known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton

We Follow the Star

is an original composition that was first performed as a two-piano composition.

Coventry Carol *

‘is an English Christmas carol dating from the 16th century. The carol was traditionally performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors … [and] refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod ordered all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed [taking] the form of a lullaby sung by mothers of the doomed children.”

Silent Night *

“is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria.”

I Saw Three Ships *

“is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England … The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles (32 km) away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century. … Another suggestion is that the ships are actually the camels used by the Magi, as camels are frequently referred to as ‘ships of the desert’. “

What Child is This? *

“is a Christmas carol whose lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix, in 1865. At the time of composing the carol, Dix worked as an insurance company manager and had been struck by a severe illness. While recovering, he underwent a spiritual renewal that led him to write several hymns, including lyrics to this carol that was subsequently set to the tune of ‘Greensleeves’, a traditional English folk song.”

In the Bleak Mid-Winter *

“is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti. The poem was published, under the title "A Christmas Carol", in the January 1872 issue of Scribner's Monthly.”

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Steve Sheppard

Not just another Christmas album!
I must admit sitting here in temperatures of 30c gives me a somewhat strange backdrop to me writing the first review of a Christmas album this year. Never the less it gives me the flavour of the essence of this time of year, and one must applaud Dillion for his fresh take on some classics from throughout the years. Dillon is joined by Corinne Seganos on many of the tracks on the album.
We Follow the Star starts with a fluent vocal version of Wexford Carol with the stunning voice of Corinne Seganos leading the way; there is also a delightful Celtic feel to this crafted piece too.
There are many wonderfully artistic endeavours upon this album that all bring such a beautifully new ethic to the Christmas album concept, like one of my favourites A Winters Night, a track packed with a certain energy and mood.
In Coventry Carol we could easily find ourselves going back to the middle ages with its wonderful arrangement. For me this was a real stand out offering off the album, and one that reminded me of the Amazing Blondel back in the early 70’s.
With other such classics from this time of year like Silent Night, I Saw Three Ships and of course the famous What Child Is This, all these are given a truly liberating make-over by the artist. Richard Dillion is his usual creative self on Keyboards and Synths, even treats us to a little percussion too.
I urge everyone who maybe thinking this is just another Christmas seasonal album, think again, you couldn’t be more wrong, it is indeed a collection of well-known pieces, but uniquely performed by a veritable playlist of other artists, like Sherry Finzer, (Alto Flute) Yair Avidor, (Lute) and violinist Stephanie Nagler, and many others, it is wonderfully listenable and very accessible to all, but it is an album that brings a lush and colourful perspective to the subject matter, probably one that you will simply have never heard the like of before, this is definitely an album that you should be buying for your Christmas celebrations and most certainly one that I am more than happy to recommend as well.
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Judson Hurd

Wonderful Holiday Album from Richard Dillon!
The new album “We Follow the Star” is the latest from keyboardist/composer Richard Dillon. This is a holiday album featuring singer Corinne Seganos. I really enjoyed reviewing this album as it gave a different take on the Holiday album with keyboards, synths, orchestra, and Corinne’s beautiful ethereal vocals. Richard Dillon has had a full and impressive career that includes singing background vocals for the Carpenters and playing in USO shows during college.
The album begins with “Wexford Carol” that has a certain haunting, celtic feel to it. It starts with a building drone and then starts with Corinne singing this beautiful hymn. I love the instrumental response after she sings the verses. The instruments and vocals are balanced very well and the song tells of the Christmas birth story.
The next track is “A Winter’s Night” with haunting choir vocals and synth drone. I also hear some ambient wind noises that bring visions of walking a dark road at night in the snow. “Huron Carol” begins with simple harp, percussion, and a beautiful flute solo. I love this simple arrangement of this classic carol!
The title track “We Follow the Star” is next and a slow but energetic piece that begins with solo harp and fiddle that plays the main theme. It then develops into ambient strings that bring a beautiful harmony to this piece.
“Coventry Carol” is one of my favorite holiday carols. It’s beautifully orchestrated and Corinne does a beautiful job interpreting this classic song. The arrangement is simple but keeps the listener engaged! “Silent Night” is an all time favorite song of mine and I love the different approach Richard takes with the instrumentation. He goes with ambient keyboards and synths in the introduction and chooses a soothing style for this piece.
“I Saw Three Ships” is another favorite of mine. The drone that is throughout the piece sounds like a harmonium and it is beautifully placed with the energetic fiddle. The album ends with “In The Bleak Midwinter” that includes a solemn fiddle and strings with Corinne’s beautiful vocals. It’s a well balanced piece to end the album.
I highly enjoyed this Christmas album and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves holiday music and wants a beautiful change from holiday music that can all be too similar sounding. Highly recommend!
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