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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Park
  • ASIN: B0000245U3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2010
This is one of my favourite Christmas albums and one of the best folk Christmas albums as well. Maddy Prior had been famous as a solo artist and as a member of Folk Rock group Steeleye Span and is a major champion of traditional folk music as well as writing her own material. In 1984 she teemed up with the Carnival Band to produce an album of Christmas music called "Tapestry of carols".
This is the follow up Christmas album to the earlier "Tapestry of carols" by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band" It was recorded and released in 1991 but this time it was recorded by Park Records rather than the earlier mentioned album recorded by Saydisc Records. In fact this is the first recording on the Park records label from Maddy and the Band.
This project continues along the same path as its predecessor. And in the true spirit of folk music it blends traditional elements with other elements. Since folk music is a living tradition it is always changing and bringing in new interpretation and influences. This album offers a wide mix of influences but always in a traditional and tasteful way.
The album has a medieval feel to it. The use of instruments such as Shawms, curtal, recorders, bagpipes, fiddle, tin whistle, lute, mandolin, bells and vocals help to give us that flavour. And there are added instruments such as Acoustic and electric guitars and drums and banjo that help with the interpretation.
The vocals give a sometimes sacred feel and sometimes a rousing uplifting sense of joy. There are English and European influences and interpretations of a traditional nature. And also there are American influences in the interpretation with some clever marriage of styles that range from the medieval to 20th Century.
There are some unique twists of interpretation and they are all done perfectly.
It is a joyous album that will be always be a favourite.
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