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Cold Blows the Day

by Traveler's Dream

With beautiful voices and elegantly-crafted instrumentals, Traveler's Dream has created music that captures the exuberance, beauty, and quiet mystery of the winter holiday season.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gloucestershire Wassail
3:53 $0.99
2. Rise Up, Jock!
4:32 $0.99
3. Coventry Carol / Il Est Ne
4:02 $0.99
4. Good King Wenceslas
3:06 $0.99
5. Cold Blows the Day
4:07 $0.99
6. I Saw Three Ships
2:38 $0.99
7. Winter's Mythology
5:11 $0.99
8. Deck the Halls
2:41 $0.99
9. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
3:03 $0.99
10. Maggie in the Woods / Road to Boston
3:31 $0.99
11. Holly and the Ivy Revisited
3:05 $0.99
12. Auld Lang Syne
4:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
This diverse collection of traditional and original songs recorded by Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson of Traveler’s Dream captures the festive cheer of the holidays as well as the beauty and quiet mystery of the winter season. Rich vocal harmonies are supported by various combinations of guitar, Irish flute, mandolin, concertina, bouzouki, and tin whistle.
With this recording Traveler’s Dream reminds us of the many different cultural traditions which are represented in the music of the winter season. Classic favorites rooted in Old World Europe include the English carols “I Saw Three Ships” and “Good King Wenceslas.” From Wales comes “Deck the Halls,” and from France “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” (sung in the original French version). Nestled seamlessly alongside these traditional carols are three original songs written by Michael Lewis. His poetic lyrics will strike a chord with everyone who shares his love of Midwestern winter landscapes and his appreciation of the magical qualities of the winter season.

Early reviews of Cold Blows the Day have praised the musicianship, strong vocals, and artful arrangements. Below is a sampling of these reviews:

FolkRoots Magazine (UK) writes, “Indiana-based duo Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson return with an attractive winter collection, presenting pleasing, elegantly sung and harmonized renditions of carols from the UK and France; yet it's the original songs nestled among them (two by Michael, and Bob Pegg's Rise Up Jock) that really strike gold here."

Gerry Grzyb for The Post-Crescent (December 15, 2009) writes, “…the results are an unqualified success. You’ll wish these two were playing at hearthside in your house.” Richard Banks, of Christmas writes, “…beautifully textured. The arrangements themselves are rich in an Irish flavor of nostalgia, especially the wistful title track, filled with tin whistles and mournful crooning. Along with Lewis's Cold Blows the Day, the evocative The Holly and The Ivy Revisited comprise the only contemporary originals in what is otherwise an extensive set of traditional carols. But all are rendered with such tender vocals and charming instrumentals that I couldn't help falling in love with the thing.”

Fred Turek (Illinois) wrote, “What a masterpiece – this is one of the finest holiday recordings I’ve ever heard!” He added “while it is particularly powerful as a seasonal CD, it is too good not to be listened to the rest of the year.”

Eric Bye (Vermont) wrote, “Creating a new, interesting CD of holiday tunes can be a challenge, but Traveler’s Dream succeeds in breathing fresh life into these, and their version of Auld Lang Syne is among the loveliest I’ve heard.”

Cold Blows the Day was a follow-up project to the live musical program that Traveler’s Dream performed throughout the Midwest in December of 2008 called “A Celtic Midwinter Celebration.” Wilson and Lewis will be performing their holiday program again this year at local and regional community concerts, private celebrations, and other venues. For more information on this program and the band in general, please contact us at

Traveler’s Dream – The Band
In the year 2000 Lewis and Wilson set their personal and musical lives on a common path when they began performing as Traveler’s Dream. Since then they have captured the hearts of audiences young and old with their vibrant mix of traditional and original songs, hard-driving Irish jigs and reels, rousing sea chanteys, French-Canadian chansons, and timeless original compositions. The band’s broad appeal owes much to the duo’s impressive skills as multi-instrumentalists, the beauty of their close vocal harmonies, and their dynamic ability to engage audiences with their warmth, humor, and wit.
Raised in the heart of the Midwest, Lewis and Wilson feel a deep attachment to the landscape and history of the place they call home. They have a keen sense of their dual roles as inheritors and purveyors of traditional music – particularly the songs and tunes from France and the British Isles which comprised such a large part of the early music of the Midwest. Though they draw deeply from this rich wellspring of traditional material, the members of Traveler’s Dream are actively engaged in the contemporary folk process of creating vibrant arrangements of old songs and writing imaginative tunes and songs of their own.
The diverse backgrounds and talents of each member contribute to the duo’s distinctive sound, its ability to play music from many cultural traditions, and to the intimate and spontaneous character of its live performances.

Michael Lewis
Listeners are often captivated by Michael’s resonant, powerful voice and his innovative guitar, bouzouki, and mandolin playing. Though his technical skill is impressive, it is the art and emotion in his singing and playing that set him apart from others. Using a variety of chord voicings, delicate finger-picking, and percussive strumming techniques, Michael is a master at choosing just the right instrument and style to enhance the mood of each song. His skills as a musical composer, songwriter, and arranger give Traveler’s Dream a sound and style that are uniquely its own. With a poet’s ability to capture what is universal and enduring in human experience, Michael’s songwriting talents were recently recognized by the Indiana Arts Commission who awarded him a grant to research regional traditional music and write four original songs relating to Midwestern culture and history. When not on the road performing, Lewis enjoys producing and recording the music of other regional musicians at his recording studio, Middle Earth. Michael is currently at work on his first solo recording of his original songs, which will be released in 2011.

Denise Wilson
Denise is a musical jack-of-all-trades whose music has been strongly influenced by her family’s Celtic roots, her love of history, and her life-long interest in French language and culture. She contributes to the textured sound of Traveler’s Dream with her exuberant voice, Irish flute and whistles, fife and the concertina. Denise’s first professional musical experience came during her college years when she sang with a French dance band while studying in Strasbourg, France. After returning to the U.S., Denise earned a solid reputation as a singer and first-rate entertainer with the band Bon Jolais. She toured with that group for the next fifteen years, solidly establishing herself as one of the region’s finest interpreters of traditional music. With a B.S. in French and a Ph.D. in American History, Denise has a broad knowledge of the culture and history surrounding the music she plays.



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