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HANZ ARAKI & KATHRYN CLAIRE - A Winter Solstice Celebration

HANZ ARAKI & KATHRYN CLAIRE - A Winter Solstice Celebration
The Celtic Conspiracy CELCON001

This is one of four CDs by these two Americans reflecting the music of the seasons. They have good lyrical knowledge and love of Celtic music. The longest night of the year is made bright with the light of music, storytelling and wonder. Ancient carols and winter songs of the Celts are given new life with stunning harmony and the collection of brisk dance tunes is sure to keep you warm on the coldest nights.

From I Heard A Bird Song, The Sussex Carol, Seven Joys Of Mary and Christmas Eve, to In Dulci Jubilo, Coventry Carol, Pat-a-Pan, Apples In Winter and The Wexford Carol, the CD then finishes with the glorious Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Hanz and Kathryn come from a background of music – Kathryn’s family were all musicians and singers and Hanz’s father was a professional musician and master of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute). The album is mostly recorded live, with very little overdubbing. They bring old tunes to life with impeccable flair – a magical treat to your spirit.

Kathy and Bob Drage

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This album was reviewed in Issue 96 of The Living Tradition magazine.