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Jaiya
Firedance: Songs for Winter Solstice

Celebrate the yearly return of the light with songs full of Celtic soul, poignancy and fire.

This collection of songs celebrating Yule is a fresh alternative to the usual seasonal fare. The album consists of five original songs and five rare traditional tunes. All original pieces and musical arrangements are written by band members.

Songs range from warmly good-natured party tunes, such as To Drive the Cold Winter Away, and the quirky 15th century English tavern ditty, Bring Us in Good Ale, to tender ballads such as Gaia’s Lullaby, with its yearning for communion with the earth.

The album’s title track, Firedance, is a slowly-building dervish, with modal, arabic flavours. Swirling accordion riffs and hypnotic vocals invite us to "Cast the old year into the flame." The instrumental jig, The Turning Tide, poignantly conveys the transition from old year to new.

A highlight of the album, Yule is Come, literally turns historical precedent on its ear. In this exuberant piece, a haunting fragment of medieval plainsong chant, "Gaudete, Christus est Natus" (Christ is born) is abducted and transformed into a timeless call to celebrate Yule.

Lori Pappajohn
Celtic Harp for Christmas

This album remains a top seller for its distribution companies Canada-wide. Regularly heard in December on CBC Radio, the CD features harp, flutes, cello and bells playing a hauntingly beautiful collection of well-known and medieval carols.

Inspired by the peace and joy of the Christmas season, the tinsel and stark commercialism are stripped away and what is left is a celebration of birth — a celebration of light. Throughout time immemorial, people of numerous cultures and backgrounds have gathered together in the darkest time of year to stave off the darkness and welcome the light. When thinking of Christmas, I often recall our North American tradition with its snow-covered fields and forests and the sounds of church bells ringing out over the frozen land. Above the twilight-blue snow, high in the evening sky, stars glisten like ice. Inside candlelit churches, choirs rejoice. May this music reflect the reverence, peace and mystery of this season.

Lori Pappajohn
Celtic Harp for Christmas

This album remains a top seller for its distribution companies Canada-wide. Regularly heard in December on CBC Radio, the CD features harp, flutes, cello and bells playing a hauntingly beautiful collection of well-known and medieval carols.

Inspired by the peace and joy of the Christmas season, the tinsel and stark commercialism are stripped away and what is left is a celebration of birth — a celebration of light. Throughout time immemorial, people of numerous cultures and backgrounds have gathered together in the darkest time of year to stave off the darkness and welcome the light. When thinking of Christmas, I often recall our North American tradition with its snow-covered fields and forests and the sounds of church bells ringing out over the frozen land. Above the twilight-blue snow, high in the evening sky, stars glisten like ice. Inside candlelit churches, choirs rejoice. May this music reflect the reverence, peace and mystery of this season.

Louise Eldridge
Candlelight Christmas

original Christmas compilations
In Candlelight Christmas, Louise exquisitely blends a number of our Christmas favorites into flowing compilations. With her distinct piano styling, she instills in your soul the true meaning of Christmas.

Louise has spent every Christmas season
for the last 20 years performing similar renditions in resort hotels, convention centers and corporate Christmas

celebrations. In Candlelight Christmas, Louise has included her original composition; A Baby Is Born, Alleluia.

“Having performed for years over the Christmas holidays for many resorts, I have found that the guests wanted to hear quiet Christmas music while they dined”. This Christmas album was created with this inspiration - to enhance your elegant candlelight Christmas dining experience. Louise created these intricate and novel interpretations with the help of friend, and album engineer, John Ellis.

Produced by TC Eldridge Productions

Randy Bachman Takin' Care of Christmas

"TAKIN' CARE OF CHRISTMAS" CD released by Bullseye Records #BLR-CD-4019 in 2001. This compilation CD contains 15 tracks and includes: "Takin' Care Of Christmas" by RANDY BACHMAN, "This Christmas" by THE KINGS, "It's Christmas" by BOB SEGARINI, and many more. This CD is new, unopened, snd still in shrink wrap.

Rosemary Beland
Winterborne

Hammer Dulcimer Recordings
The word "Winterborne" is a name given to a stream that runs only in the wintertime. The music on this album, though as timeless and beautiful as any other, is presented here for the wintertime, Christmas and the turning of the winter solstice.


Arranged for hammer dulcimer, celtic harp, guitar, oboe, cello, and recorder.
Musicians - Rosemary Beland, Mark Bracken, Micheal Byrne, Paula Kiffner, Paul Palmer and Daniel Beland on finger cymbal.

Sue Klassen
Follow A Star

Sue Klassen's long-awaited debut CD, Follow A Star, is an all-new celebration of love and the spirit of Christmas! Released in November of 2000, Follow A Star features the original music of Milton Carman with lyrics by Garnett Betts and
Alex Barris. Performed in Sue Klassen's unmistakable vocal style backed by a solid combo and top-notch soloists, these uniquely jazzy, sophisticated tunes run the gamut from earthy to ethereal, making all the stops along the way

Robert Moyes, Monday Magazine, December 14-20, 2000:

  • "... And ending on a happy -- and local! -- note, we have a fine album by Victoria singer Sue Klassen, Follow A Star (MAPL). With a subtitle like Songs Of Love And Christmas-Time, you know it's not a purely Xmas record, but you'd have to be a grinch not to embrace this charming mood-brightener. The opera-trained Klassen sings here in a cabaret manner reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney or Susannah McCorkle, her confident voice framed by a supple jazz trio sometimes augmented by Spanish guitar, violin or flugelhorn. The songs, all composed by Milton Carman, are witty and sophisticated."

Trilogy Two Thousand Years of Christmas

The Soundtrack featuring Cathy Miller, Eileen McGann, Richard K.  (Dragonwing Music/Festival)

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"Two Thousand Years of Christmas" is a musical celebration of the history and spirit of Christmas, featuring the voices of three of Canada 's best singer/songwriters: Eileen McGann, David K., and Cathy Miller. They are known collectively as "Trilogy" . Rare and wonderful music from the last 20 centuries of Yuletide celebrations are featured in this recording. Trilogy is known for spectacular harmonies, multi -instrumentals, and an engaging presentation style.

Between1994 and 2001, Trilogy toured the show "Two Thousand Years of Christmas" each November and December to an ever-increasing audience. The three performers in the show, who each have separate music careers in non-Yuletide seasons, have been amazed and delighted at how this show touches audiences and enables them to enjoy their own Christmas celebrations even more - from bah-humbuggers to the deeply religious

The first half of the CD features early songs, one dating back to the 14th century, wassails and the more familiar Huron Carol and Coventry Carol. The second half is comprised of more modern music, some of which was written by members of Trilogy. The music features Trilogy's spectacular harmonies and multi-instrumentals.

This is a Christmas concert with a difference. Not just the sound of three voices with a magical blend. Not just the joy of learning new sing -alongable Christmas songs. Audience members have thanked us over the years for redefining Christmas to them, for bringing back the meaning to our customs, and for helping them enrich their holiday season with music never played in shopping malls.

The three members of Trilogy developed "Two Thousand Years of Christmas" so that they could sing together once a year. Eileen McGann, originally from Ontario, has been called a national treasure for her extraordinary singing and songwriting in the Celtic tradition, and has toured internationally for many years . She is a 2002 Juno nominee for her recording "Beyond the Storm". Her Masters in Medieval History has been invaluable in researching traditions for this show. David K., born in BC, is a talented multi-instrumentalist, primarily working in country and bluegrass music, and runs a recording studio. Cathy Miller , with a long history of songwriting, performing and theatre, is known for her spectacular singing voice and is currently touring the world singing for quilters, thanks to her sixth CD "One Stitch at a Time". She is also originally from Ontario . Together, Trilogy brings over 60 years of performing experience to the stage.

Trilogy is currently taking a break from this show to pursue their own interests.

Here are the songs:

ACT ONE

O Magnum Mysterium 14th century Vittoria
Down in Yon Forest - traditional English
Gloucester Wassail - traditional English
Brightest and Best - Reginal Heber, 1811
Coventry Carol - Robert Croo, 1534
Cherry Tree Carol - Child Ballad #54
Huron Carol - Father Jean de Brebouf
Who's the Fool Now? - traditional English
Dona Nobis Pacem - Palestrina, 16th century
Light from the Lighthouse - American spiritual, additional lyrics by Trilogy

ACT TWO

Tonight is for Christmas - Cathy Miller
Turn It Around - Eileen McGann
New Star Shining - Ricky Skaggs and James Taylor (Hall and Hall, writers)
Snow Shanty - Eileen McGann, based on traditional melody
Christmas in the Trenches - John McCutcheon
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Dr. Seuss/Albert Hague
Rejoice! Rejoice! - Eileen McGann

Various Artists the Valley Christmas Album

A fantastic collection of Christmas songs performed by some of the Comox Valley's favorite recording artists.

Winter Harp

Described as "a journey into the heart of winter" the CD features well-known Christmas music as well as rare and beautiful medieval carols. From the haunting sounds of the organistrum and psaltery to dynamic, rhythmic carols featuring the whole ensemble, this is a CD not to be missed. Celtic, Spanish and classical harps, flutes, cello, medieval instruments, percussion and voice.

This CD was named one of the top 10 CDs of Christmas 1999 by The Georgia Straight newspaper.