Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson | Beautiful Darkness, Celebrating the Winter Solstice

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Beautiful Darkness, Celebrating the Winter Solstice

by Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson

A gentle atmospheric journey into the changing year Celtic, Euro Gypsy Other World Pagan.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Northern Lass/Snowflakes Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson
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2. Time Is A Little Girl/Over The River and Through the Woods Jessica Radcliffe,
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2:18 $0.99
3. The Time Is Drawing Near Martin Simpson
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3:45 $0.99
4. Kolyada/Old One Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson
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5. Raven/Gifts Lisa Ekstrom,
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6. Give Me the Moon Jessica Radcliffe,
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7. Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance/In Winters Shadow Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson
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8. O Vent Lisa Ekstrom,
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9. The Cutty Wren Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson
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10. 'Til Here Is There , Lisa Ekstrom,
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11. To Drive the Cold Winter Away Barry Phillips
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1:47 $0.99
12. One Small Candle Jessica Radcliffe,
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13. Winter Wedding/The Wexford Carol/The King/The Holly and the Ivy Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson
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14. Solstice Fire Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson
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0:18 $0.99
15. TourneTourne , Lisa Ekstrom,
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16. Bright Child/Magic Jessica Radcliffe,
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17. The Holly Bears the Crown , Martin Simpson
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Anything that can be said about Jessica Radcliffe doesn't quite seem to do her justice. She is a poet, a pagan, a shaman, a singer steeped in tradition and a songwriter of deeply personal songs that illuminate the human experience and can also make you catch your breath with their beauty.

Jessica was born in Los Angeles and was exposed to a diverse wealth of music through her family of Irish and Spanish heritage. She recalls learning Leadbelly tunes from her grandfather, who had a brief stay in jail with the blues legend. Jessica began writing poetry at an early age and naturally ventured forth into music playing her first show at thirteen. Her writing has been published worldwide and she has performed extensively with spoken word and song throughout the US, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and Hong Kong.

Jessica has moved twelve times in the past twenty years: from London to Ithaca, NY, and on to Northern California, where she established a built-in following, to New Orleans, to England, and she is now living back in New Orleans. Her work has been greatly influenced by her journeys.

The St. Louis Post observed of Jessica: "She writes lyrics that transform her life experiences into eloquent tales and metaphors." With music that is deeply rooted in the traditional music of England, Ireland, and North America, Radcliffe renders her very contemporary take on tradition, by infusing it with the varied influences of Richard Thompson, Skip James, Rickie Lee Jones and Billie Holiday. Jessica's superb songwriting, singing and stagecraft makes for unforgettable performances, whether live or recorded. She has made a series of critically acclaimed recordings, is a mother of three and her magical dinner parties are the stuff of legend!

She was married for 19 years to English guitarist Martin Simpson and has now returned to us with a voice as delicate and as strong as a spider's web, and a powerfully compassionate observation of the human condition.


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Patricia McGrath


CD was most enjoyable. Just what I wanted for the holidays. Quiet, personal and songs that seem very appropriate for the season.

Jocelyne Houghton

perfect!
A beautiful reverie on the winter solstice season, in music, poetry & prose. The perfect antidote to force-fed Xmas music, I highly recommend this album for anyone seeking a musical meditation on the Winter Solstice.