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To Drive the Cold Winter Away

Loreena McKennitt

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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.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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1
In Praise of Christmas
00:06:03

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 2014 Quinlan Road Music

2
The Seasons
00:04:51

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 2014 Quinlan Road Music

3
The King
00:02:04

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 2014 Quinlan Road Music

4
Banquet Hall
00:03:53

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 2014 Quinlan Road Music

5
Snow
00:05:35

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 2014 Quinlan Road Music

6
Balulalow
00:03:10

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 2014 Quinlan Road Music

7
Let Us the Infant Greet
00:03:45

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 1987 Quinlan Road Music

8
The Wexford Carol
00:06:09

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 1987 Quinlan Road Music

9
The Stockford Carol
00:03:03

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 1987 Quinlan Road Music

10
Let All That Are to Mirth Inclined
00:06:56

Loreena McKennitt, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Quinlan Road Music, MusicPublisher

1987 Quinlan Road Music 1987 Quinlan Road Music

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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.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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