Phil Passen | Cold Frosty Morning: Christmas and Winter Holiday Music on Hammered Dulcimer (with Tom Conway)

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Cold Frosty Morning: Christmas and Winter Holiday Music on Hammered Dulcimer (with Tom Conway)

by Phil Passen

Warm music for chilly weather — a great collection of familiar and not-so-familiar holiday instrumentals and songs by a very popular performer.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Kenyan Christmas Carol
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2. Christmas Time's A-Coming
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3. Il Est Ne/Christmas Eve
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4. Oh Chanukah/God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
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5. Winter Solstice
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6. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
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7. Welcome Christmas Morning/Breaking up Christmas
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8. Here Comes Santa Claus/Turkey in the Straw
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9. Jingle Bell Rock
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10. Los Reyes Oriente
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11. On a Cold Winter's Day/Cold Frosty Morning
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12. Hot Buttered Rum
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13. What Child Is This?
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14. Go Tell It on the Mountain/Year of Jubilo
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15. Let It Snow
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16. Shalom Chaverim/This Little Light of Mine/My Dreidl
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17. Little Drummer Boy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Phil Passen is one of few musicians not only to play the hammered dulcimer, but also to sing while accompanying himself on the instrument. He is known for his driving, rhythmic style — energizing and soothing at the same time. His skills are captured on his CDs, \"Swinging on a Gate: Traditional American and Celtic Music\", and \"Cold Frosty Morning: Christmas and Winter Holiday Music\", both with guitarist Tom Conway. Phil played for 500 people at Border’s State Street store in Chicago for Maeve Binchy’s only U.S. autographing. He frequently performs for the Chicago Department of Aviation’s tourist programs at O’Hare Airport, where travelers often thank him for providing pleasure on a stressful day, and at the Green City Market. He also played in the World Symphony Orchestra’s performance of The Lord of the Rings Symphony at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. He plays primarily old-time American music and traditional Irish music.

Phil was born in Toledo, Ohio; grew up in Monroe, Michigan and Toledo; and graduated from high school in Ashtabula, Ohio. He attended Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, before participating as a full-time activist in the antiwar and civil rights movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. He began playing the hammered dulcimer in 1994 and in 1996 left his work in the graphic arts industry to devote his time to music. A member of the American Federation of Musicians Chicago Local 10-208, the North American Folk and Dance Alliance, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and the Recording Academy, he lives in Chicago.


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L.T.C.

Wide Variety
What I love best about this CD is the wide variety of feelings the music evokes. There's holiday happiness, but also a very small touch of melancholy. There's joy in winter but also the sense that winter is harsh. The sense of different cultures and times being represented gives me a good feeling, as does the singing. "Hot Buttered Rum" and "Little Drummer Boy" are stellar! I could listen to this CD every day without feeling that the holidays are overdone.