ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Telynor blends material from different folk and early-music traditions into a powerful acoustic sound that is contemporary and unique, yet firmly rooted in the ancient traditions from which it springs.
ABOUT THIS CD:
This collection of unusual Christmas music from the British Isles, France, and America offers an alternative for those who've heard the "top ten" yuletide hits a few times too many. Arranged and played with the duo's usual eclectic power, these songs bear listening year round.
EXCERPTS FROM PUBLISHED REVIEWS:
"Different, interesting, and well done."
-Patrick MacDonald, The Seattle Times
"...distinguishes itself with the lovely vocals of Anna Peekstok, as well as a staggering array of instruments (hurdy gurdy, recorders, acoustic and electric guitar, fiddle, crumhorn, scrap lumber, etc.) played (well) by Anna and husband John...leads to a utopian village of the imagined past-a comforting place to spend the holidays."
-Pamela Murray Winters, Dirty Linen
"...it lives up to its name, providing some unusual songs for the Christmas season....(Telynor) have been digging in this rich vein of yuletide music and have emerged with nuggets and gems that any performer would be proud of. Then they've polished them up with their striking arrangements, and presented them to the world on this disc. My favorites are probably the two French carols 'Entre le boeuf et l'ane gris' and 'Pat-a-pan.' Both sport complex and stirring arrangements with the rich buzz of the hurdy-gurdy in the foreground. Other fascinating and unusual carols here include the 15th-century English 'Salutation of the Angel,' the English folk carol 'Christmas Day' and the American 'Babe of Bethlehem.' All are given full arrangements featuring, in addition to the instruments mentioned above, such sounds as the American mountain dulcimer, the crumhorn, the cittern and the Celtic harp."
-Steve Winick, Dirty Linen
"Anna and John Peekstok specialize in Celtic-medieval fusion; their sound is shaped by rhythmic open-tuned guitar and cittern combined with hurdy-gurdy (a great instrument for Christmas or any time), recorders, crumhorn, fiddle and many more instruments, thickly overdubbed to good effect on this recording...Best about this recording is its repertoire, from the somewhat known to the barely known to the almost completely unknown."
-Jane Peppler, Sing Out!
"Though I hate all this commercial Christmas music and other stuff that nowadays is part of the Christmas time, I did quite enjoy this...If your family (or you yourself) does not want to miss listening to Christmas songs under the tree, get this one - it is much more enjoyable than the stuff available in the shops!"
-Michael Moll, FolkWorld (Germany)