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The first three selections on
this recording are available for auditioning at our
Holiday Sampler page.
Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, harmonium, flutes,
whistles, pan flute, & clarinet
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Wonder as I Wander
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I Wonder as I Wander (Niles)
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Seasonís Greetings (Aldridge,
What Child is This (Greensleeves,
O Holy Night (Adam)
Lullaby of the Virgin Mary
Entre Le Boeuf (French)
Still, Still, Still
The First Noel (French)
Away in a Manger (Scottish)
Veni Emmanual (Latin)
We Gather Together (Dutch)
In the Bleak Midwinter
Auld Lang Syne (Scottish)
This recording contains some
of our favorite Christmas selections and has a special spiritual feel to
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
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
The Christmas experience often
leaves me with a simple sense of awe and wonder. Several of these
melodies assist me with that process.
Irish flutes & whistles, clarinet, pan flute, & hammered
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.
Kitty Donohoe & Wanda
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
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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