Friday, December 25, 2015

Recording: Kith & Kin

Artist: Kith & Kin

Songs: Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil [traditional] + Wintergrace [composed by Jean Ritchie]

Recorded at The Music Gallery, December 13, 2015.

Kith & Kin - Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil + Wintergrace

As always, Kith & Kin's annual wassail at the Music Gallery was a warm and engaging evening of conventional and wonderfully non-traditional seasonal songs from Ivy Mairi, Martha Farquhar-McDonnell, and Kathleen McDonnell. Appalachian singer Jean Ritchie, who passed away this year, has long a favourite of the group, and this wonderfully vivid winter's song is preceded by a verse of an Irish Gaelic hymn from Martha Farquhar-McDonnell — one of most beautiful voices to be found in Toronto, city or island — who mentioned that an album of Celtic songs is forthcoming.

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