With crackling energy and brilliant performances, Ensemble Galilei presents timeless Christmas classics, Celtic carols from Galicia, Spain, Scotland and Ireland, Medieval and Renaissance dance tunes, and original compositions to mark the winter solstice. From conservatory rehearsal rooms to all night sessions at Irish pubs, a montage of Early Music and Celtic tunes blend and a glorious new sound is born. Featured on NPR'S All Things Considered, radio host Robert Siegal said, "They've pioneered what they call "chamber folk", a mix of contrasting styles and instruments that works beautifully together." Recorded in the historic Great Hall at St. John's College it captures the warmth, richness, and stunning clarity of the instruments.
Ensemble Galilei is Liz Knowles (fiddle, viola), Deborah Nuse (Scottish small pipes, fiddle), Sue Richards (Celtic Harp), Carolyn Anderson Surrick (viols), Sarah Weiner (oboe, tin whistle, recorder), with Kieran O'Hare (Uilleann Pipes, flutes, low whistles & tin whistles).
1) Salterello/Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella
2) New Prince, New Pomp/Galician Carol
3) Christmas Day I'Da Moornin'
4) Bressay Lullabye (Balloo Lammy)/Don Oiche
5) Of Darkness and Light
7) The Donkey Carol/The Friendly Beasts
8) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel/What Child Is This
9) Bells and Bows/New Year's Dawn
10) Bottom of the Punch Bowl/The Man Who Died and Rose Again/Ward's Jig/Apples in Winter
11) Easter Snow
12) Puer Natus est in Bethlehem, In Dulci Jubilo/Saw Three Ships
13) Danse Arabe (from The Nutcracker Suite)
15) The Bellman's Carol/The Moon Shines Bright
16) The First Nowell/Joy to the World/Joy to the World Jig