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Song of Solstice

by Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra

Traditional and new songs for Christmas, Solstice and Yule from Jennifer Cutting's OCEAN (including Lisa Moscatiello and Zan McLeod), with top Celtic, Renaissance, Folk and Rock musicians, including Annie Haslam, Roberts & Barrand, and Sue Richards.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Christmas Day in the Morning Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra & Sue Richards
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2. Song of Solstice Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra, John Roberts & Tony Barrand
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3. People, Look East Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra
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4. Voici la Noel (Christmas Eve is Here) Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra & Sue Richards
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5. Quelle est cette odeur agréable? Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra & Sue Richards
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6. Green Man Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra & Steve Winick
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7. Fall, Leaves, Fall Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra & Annie Haslam
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8. In the Bleak Midwinter Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra & Sue Richards
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9. Time to Remember the Poor Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra & Al Petteway
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10. Light the Winter's Dark Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra, Coope Boyes & Simpson
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11. Baloo, Lammy (Hush, My Little Lamb) Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra & Sue Richards
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12. Summer Will Come 'Round Again Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra
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Album Notes
Award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer/director Jennifer Cutting and her global orchestra OCEAN return with a garland of songs both ancient and modern for Solstice and Yule. Cutting’s chief contribution is her 6 new original songs illuminating different aspects of the holiday season: the transition from fall to winter (“Fall, Leaves, Fall”), the solar turning point of the Winter Solstice (“Song of Solstice”), the gifts of diverse spiritual traditions (“Light the Winter’s Dark”), nature’s cycle of death and rebirth (“Green Man”), longing for the return of light and warmth (“Summer Will Come ‘Round Again”), and a lighthearted take on the commercialization of the season (“Bah, Humbug!”).

Added to these are the peaceful, meditative carols “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Quelle est cette odeur agréable?” and “Voici la Noel”; the sprightly “People, Look East;” Celtic classics such as “Christmas Day in the Morning” and Balloo, Lammy;” and Cutting’s brooding, dramatic re-visioning of the old broadside “Time to Remember the Poor.” Soaring female vocals and ethereal Celtic harp balance rugged male voices and earthy accordion. Fiddle, whistle, and Highland bagpipes keep it grounded in tradition, while majestic organ, recorder quartet, and strings lend Renaissance elegance. Electric guitars, shimmering electronics, and a rock-solid rhythm section add a present-day dimension. This Solstice album belongs to all generations and spiritual traditions.

Cutting’s previous CD, Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Journey, won “Best Album,” “Songwriter of the Year,” and “Musician of the Year” from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), and four stars in MOJO, the leading British music magazine.


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Larry Kolota

Features Annie Haslam Vocals
Jennifer Cutting’s earlier band The New St. George made one classic CD of Anglo-Celtic electric folk, and with her current band Ocean Orchestra made the 2004 CD “Ocean”, which impressed Strawbs’ Dave Cousins enough to license it for his Witchwood label. “Song of Solstice” is a more intimate and smaller-scale work than either. It contains a mix of originals and arrangements of traditional French, English, and Scottish songs around the theme of midwinter and Christmas, though it belongs to all spiritual traditions. The tracks are generally in an Anglo-Celtic folk and new age vein, with quite varied instrumentation. However, four of the 12 tracks feature a rock rhythm section, with electric guitar on three of those. “Green Man” is in the Blackmore’s Night style but with male vocals, and “Summer Will Come ’Round Again” in a modern Fairport Convention style, with the most memorable melodies on the album. The haunting “Time to Remember the Poor” is fairly proggy, while the most symphonic song and the star attraction is “Fall Leaves Fall”, sung by Annie Haslam of Renaissance. The song even has some unintentional Mike Oldfield flavoring; Annie is an Oldfield fan, so it all ties together. This album has authenticity and depth that you’ll be hard-pressed to find in another holiday music album. [Used by kind permission of]