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- Cold Blow These Winter Winds -


New Release On Green Linnet:

New Holiday CD - Cold Blow These Winter Winds - A Celtic Celebration of Christmas
Featuring a star-studded line-up of traditional musicians from Scotland and the North of England: Rory Campbell and Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs, Eliza Carthy, Mary MacMaster, and many more!

Cold Blow these Winter Winds (GLCD1229) is a new holiday album featuring a star-studded line-up of traditional musicians from Scotland and the North of England. Recorded live at a benefit concert on Christmas at Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, on December 21, 2003. With a portion of the proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care, the project was organized by Rory Campbell (Old Blind Dogs, Deaf Shepherd) and first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland on Christmas Day 2003.

The talented musicians include Eliza Carthy, Rory McLeod, Mary MacMaster (the Poozies, Sileas), Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs), singer Karine Polwart (Malinky), harpist Corrina Hewat and many others, all under the artistic direction of Edinburgh pianist David Milligan.

Cold Blow these Winter Winds features an eclectic collection of styles from traditional to contemporary. There are exquisite carols Lullay lullay and Christ Child's Lullaby with harp and vocals by Mary MacMaster and Corrinna Hewat; a powerful a cappella performance by Eliza Carthy on the traditional Dives and Lazarus; a rollicking version of Shane MacGowan's Fairytale of New York; Rory McLeod's take on the John Prine chestnut Christmas in Prison; and a delightful instrumental Little Drummer Boy, with Rory Campbell's Border pipes leading the way.

"This is a fantastic line-up, that made for a very special night," says Campbell. "The CD is seasonal material relating to the Christmas period, but don't be afraid to play this music at any time of they year. Try belting out 'Little Drummer Boy' in July. I did!"

Artists On CD:

Rory Campbell - border pipes, whistles
Eliza Carthy - fiddle, vocals
Corrina Hewat - harp, vocals
Andy Lang - guitar, vocals
Mary MacMaster - harp, vocals
Rory McLeod - guitar, vocals
Tim Matthew - fiddle, vocals
Billie Owens - vocals
Dean Owens - guitar, vocals
Karine Polwart guitar, vocals
Marianne Campbell - fiddle
Donald Hay - drums
Aaron Jones - bouzouki
Kevin McGuire - bass
Dave Milligan - piano

Download Mp3 of track 1 (4.89MB).

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Submitted by Media Contact:
Judith Joiner -

Green Linnet
P.O. Box 1905
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 730-0333 ext. 15

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Released in the Fall of 2004 this NEW Celtic Christmas CD has a fine collection of seasonal favorites performed by many well known Celtic artists.  This CD has a good selection of style in performances and some rearranged pieces.  It is sure to add a nice flavor to your Holiday listening.  I liked "Lullay Lullay" and "Balulalow" the best and of course "Little Drummer Boy"...


  • Christmas Tunes
  • Lullay Lullay
  • Fairy Tale of New York
  • Balulalow
  • Blue December
  • Dives and Lazarus
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Lullaby
  • Christ Child's Lullaby (Hallelujah)
  • Christmas in Prison
  • Blue Christmas
  • Silent Night
  • It's Christmas Time

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Review by: EEHealy

Published: Capital Celtic Network
Year Written: 2004

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Many musical artists and groups are active in their communities. Some perform before faithful fans on a regular schedule each week or weekend. They are independent musicians as compared to those music industry big names. We often think of the big name groups because we are exposed to the marketing blitz. I have had the opportunity to hear a number of independent performers with Capital Celtic. Some are just starting out and are perhaps a little rough around the edges and some are so outstanding I wonder why they have not entered into the "Big Time" music industry. Perhaps you have experienced the same? Perhaps you know of a new artist or group that you believe has talent that would be enjoyed by others? If so send me a CD and Bio and we will feature them on The Capital Celtic Network. - EEHealy


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