Recorded in various halls and abbeys in Ireland, and completed in the Church of Our Lady in Guelph, Ontario, harpist/arranger/vocalist Loreena McKennitt's first foray into the crowded field of holiday music -- she would go on to release an EP called Winter Garden in 1995 -- is steeped in old-world atmosphere. To Drive the Cold Winter Away celebrates the winter solstice through eight traditional English, Scottish, and Irish carols and ballads and two Mckennitt originals. The artist's reverence for her source material is moving, and her meticulous yet simple arrangements help tracks such as "The Wexford Carol," "The Kings," and "Let Us the Infant Greet" resonate with all of the grace and piousness that the lyrics and poems strive for. McKennitt has succeeded in making a beautiful, haunting, and ambitious yuletide song cycle that despite taking itself a little too seriously, ranks among her finest.
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Performance CreditsLoreena McKennitt Primary Artist,Accordion,Harp,Tambourine,Vocals,celtic harp,tin whistle,finger cymbals
Cedric Smith Vocals
Shannon Purves-Smith Viola
Technical CreditsLoreena McKennitt Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Richard Dadd Cover Art
John Hazen Engineer
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Loreena McKennitt ia a Celtic treasure, a musical Goddess. Here on ''To Drive the Cold Winter Away'' she sparkles like a candle flame lit on a winter's evening, her warmth inviting us in to receive her many musical gifts. This is the perfect album to create a true sense of joy in the house, to celebrate the slow return of the sun's warmth...to cheer us during the darkest winter nights... ''Snow'' is the glowing gem on this album; Loreena's crystalline voice pure and direct. If you close your eyes, you can see the soft snow falling against the indigo sky, the distant pines silent in the evening hush. In a sea of holiday madness and commercialism, McKennitt has offered up a gentle gift of song that evokes the true spirit of the Winter Solstice season, celebrating the birth of light, the Christ child's innocence, the return of the sun. Mix up a batch of Mulled Cider and put this CD on your stereo...you'll find your center again amidst the holiday madness. *!Bright Blessings!*