Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer | A Sound of Christmas Past

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A Sound of Christmas Past

by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

This CD will appeal to those who associate Christmas with, carols, singing, dancing and the joy of being together as a family and a community. Like a good cup of mulled wine, this CD is full of warm cozy moments.
Genre: Holiday: Easy Listening
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1. I Saw Three Ships
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2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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3. Coventry Carol
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4. Good Christian Men Rejoice
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5. Good King Wenceslas
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6. Down in Yon Forest
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7. Deck the Halls
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8. The Holly and the Ivy
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9. Essex Wassail
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10. Past Three O'Clock
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11. Jingle Bells
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12. Silent Night
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13. Sussex Carol
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14. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The form of most of today’s ‘traditional Christmas carols’ can be traced back to the mid 19th century. In A Sound Of Christmas Past, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have created a sound that celebrates the Victorian Christmas carol by bringing together some of the best known (and less well known) carols and presenting them in a sensitive, beautiful and honest way reminiscent of the West Gallery Singers of the time.

This CD will appeal to those who associate Christmas with, carols, singing, dancing and the joy of being together as a family and a community. Like a good cup of mulled wine, this CD is full of warm cozy moments.

Reviews:
FOLKING.COM
“This makes for wonderful jolly listening without a whisper of commercialism to it.”

FOLKWALES
"Forget tinselly, greedy commercial Christmas; Vicky Swan and Jonny Dyer have been singing traditional carols for a long time, and A Sound Of Christmas Past (Wetfoot Music WFM 140501) is 14 of their favourites, from 'I Saw Three Ships' through the rare and beautiful 'Essex Wassail' to the 160-year-old 'Jingle Bells', composed by the American James Pierpoint. 'Down In Yon Forest' is medievally, mysteriously symbolic, and the whole package, enhanced by Vicki's luscious nyckelharpa and Johnny's rippling guitar and accordion, is very worthy of a thoughtful gift to the one you love."

BISHOPFM
Album of the Month - December 2014. FolkShow

MARDLES
“Grab one while they’re hot.... you’ll find yourself keeping this tasty seasonal offering for future years.”

LIVING TRADITION
Over the course of the last decade Vicki and Jonny have developed a reputation for breathing new life into traditional material, their deft playing on a dizzying array of instruments being particularly impressive. On this new seasonal CD, 14 recognisable and well loved Christmas carols are given the folky treatment, and they do it all very nicely.

The warning on the CD sleeve says: “Contains Christmas – not suitable for festive party poopers”, so those that fit that description, please look away now. For the rest of us who enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer at this time of year, there is much to like on this album. Vicki’s nyckelharpa suits the mood of the traditional carols particularly well and the two voices blend in perfect harmony and prove irresistible to join in with on the more well known songs.

Fittingly, some of the tracks have a very ‘ye oldey worldy’ sound, particularly those with the nyckelharpa. The Coventry Carol, dating back to 1534, is a perfect example with its ethereal mood and its pairing with a Jonny Dyer tune arranged for five-part nyckelharpa - beautiful. Other tracks have been given an English dance tune feel, like the bouncy and cheerful Good Christian Men Rejoice, also paired with one of Jonny’s dance tunes. Down In Yon Forest, collected by Vaughan Williams, is particularly good, though I could have lived without hearing the slightly unimaginative Jingle Bells being given another outing – but I suppose it is a Christmas CD and they do it very well. But who knew there were so many words!?

A very festive cover from Karen Cater of Hedingham Fair completes the package making it a very nice addition to any Christmas music collection."

FATEA-RECORDS
"astounding multi-instrumental versatility"
" a thoroughly kindly, modest and entirely unprepossessing slice of enduring Christmas cheer embracing all the traditional values"

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