‘Tis the season to be jolly or so the old rhyme does state, but ‘tis also the season to listen to and sing much loved carols, regardless of whether the ground is covered in snow, or dust from a long drought. There is something special about the Christmas season and the underlying sentiment which is as always, perhaps best translated through the magic of music
Richard Dillion has, in his usual unique style created an album of Christmas music, We Follow The Star, featuring the enchanting vocals of Corinne Seganos, over cover versions of much loved, lesser known and traditional carols, as well as two new works from Dillon, A Winters Night and We Follow The Star.
Simplistic in the presentation of nine tracks, the subtle blending of the instruments with voice, take each of the pieces to a fresh new level of carol, leaving well in the distance, the often-sugary tones of traditional Christmas albums.
Charming and with an almost Celtic overlay, the overall concept is one of music from a bygone era, where music was once for the privileged, with the everyday folk creating their own songs and music from whatever was to hand; the voice, lute, flute or drum.
A Winters Tale, an original composition features a wonderful mix of ethereal voices and electronic blends, creating a fusion of elements that is almost eerie in the execution, before the voice of Seganos arrives to tell the age-old tale of the birth of Jesus.
Another original work and the title track We Follow the Star, tells of the journey made by the three wise men to discover if what had been foretold had come true and to bring gifts to the Christ child. This soundscape creates with music the vast seas of the dessert, the magical omnipotence of the event unfolding. A beautiful song and well worthy of the album title.
Silent Night is sung almost as a benediction whereas I Saw Three Ships return the piece to its origins as a popular 17th century carol from Derbyshire in England, with the inspired use of clapping sticks, hurdy gurdy and vocals.
Wrapping up a fresh take on Christmas carols is In The Bleak Midwinter a piece derived from a poem by English poet Christina Rossetti, set to music by Gustav Holst in 1906, to create the work as a Hymn. A fitting finale to a delicately created album.
If you are looking for something a little different to help bring in the Christmas season this year, you could not do better than this lovely, eclectic work from Richard Dillon and friends.
|Artists||Richard Dillon and Corinne Seganos|