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Season's Greetings

The first three selections on this recording are available for auditioning at our Holiday Sampler page.

Instruments:
Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, harmonium, flutes, whistles, pan flute, & clarinet

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I Wonder as I Wander
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Season's Greetings
Selections

I Wonder as I Wander (Niles)  
      Audition audio file

            broad band (cable/wireless)
            dial up (telephone line)
     
Season’s Greetings (Aldridge, BMI)
What Child is This (Greensleeves, English)
O Holy Night (Adam)
Lullaby of the Virgin Mary (Manx)
Entre Le Boeuf (French)
Still, Still, Still (Austrian)
The First Noel (French)
Away in a Manger (Scottish)
Veni Emmanual (Latin)
We Gather Together (Dutch)
In the Bleak Midwinter (Holst)
Auld Lang Syne (Scottish)

Season's Greetings 
Recording Description

This recording contains some of our favorite Christmas selections and has a special spiritual feel to it. 

We took our antique harmonium (pump reed organ), Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, flutes, whistles and clarinet to our church so we could take advantage of the special acoustics.  

Judy London's sensitivity is felt as she assists us on the harmonium with What Child is This (Greensleeves), Oh Holy Night, Still, Still, Still, and Veni Emmanual.   

You will also find the haunting sounds of Pooh Stevenson's cello on I Wonder as I Wander and her joyful mandolin on Season's Greetings

Canadian guitarist, Richard Bywaters enriches our arrangement of The Oxen and the Sheep

This is a perfect recording to assist in celebrating the coming holidays.

 

Anne Wakenhut: Celtic harp & keyboard

In addition to her work as a  musician and her volunteer services as a Certified Music Practitioner, Anne is employed as a special education instructor and utilizes a wide variety of creative approaches to assist the growth of her young students.

The Christmas experience often leaves me with a simple sense of awe and wonder.  Several of these melodies assist me with that process. 


Gary Wakenhut: Irish flutes & whistles, clarinet, pan flute, & hammered dulcimer

Gary augments his profession as a musician by volunteering his services as a Certified Music Practitioner with severely disabled children, nursing home and hospice patients.  He also works within his community and church organizing & training volunteer groups. 

I feel this recording emits feelings of freshness and freedom.  I love the way some of the selections seem to soar into the spirit of this season.  

Pooh Stevenson: Mandolin & cello

Pooh is Anne's Cousin.  She loves her "Blue Grass", and we always appreciate the fresh "Love of life" she brings with her.  

She is known around Michigan for her work with the Dennis Cyporyn Band and Lonesome & Blue.   She was also a member of the former Lady of the Lakes. 

Pooh Stevenson
with sister musicians
Kitty Donohoe & Wanda Degan



 


Richard Bywaters:  Guitar

We were performing near Presque Isle in south eastern Michigan when a young man attracted to our music, approached with a guitar case.  A warm conversation led to an overnight visit to our home and studio by Richard. 

Proud of the French/Canadian heritage in his musical linage,  he introduced us to his fluid movement of notes, fitting for his last name. 

  Judy London: Harmonium

Judy has been a long time musical friend.  A member of our church, we have shared musically with her for many years.

We had always wanted a harmonium (the type with the pedals that sat in Grandmother's parlor) and discovered one for sale in Chicago.  After transporting it home, we took it to our church (the sound was too big for our living room/studio) with the harp, dulcimer and other instruments. 

Judy skillfully adapted her keyboard (and pumping) skills to this antique, and she was able to add the important warmth of a bygone generation to this recording.

 

Roger Aldridge: Composer (Seasons Greetings)

If you possess other Collecting Consort recordings, you are probably aware of our friend and composer, Roger Aldridge.  He is the type of musician who is excited by an opportunity to write music.  So when we call with a need for a piece, he usually has a finely crafted tune in the mail to us within a week.  We are always amazed at his capacity to tailor selections to our style, musical abilities and desires. 

As a young boy, Roger wanted to become a jazz composer.  He followed his interest to the Berklee School of Music, but he discovered music would not support a family.  So today, he works as a systems analyst. 

His  hope is to make each of us more aware (through his music) of our environment, to appreciate its beauty, and to respect its vulnerability.  

Thanks Roger, for your extensive contribution to our work.

 

 

Proud Roger with his latest "instrument", his grandson.

 


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