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We had a wonderful time recording this festive winter album! Instruments include: vocals, piano, viola, penny whistle, recorder, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion.

"THE MOON OF WINTERTIME has traveled through eight centuries to reach you. Passed down from Italian peasants, French farmers, Scottish Immigrants, Appalachian singers and English pub-dwellers, this is music to warm your soul."

Offering a fresh interpretation of some very old Christmas pieces, such as Good King Wenceslas, Ideo Gloria, and the song The Moon of Wintertime.

Full of mirth and merriment!

LISTEN to music this album here:


PANDORA RADIO - Lydia McCauley Holiday



The Moon Of Wintertime
Ideo Gloria
Gifts Of The Magi
Good King Wenceslas
Down In Yon Forest
Star Of The East
Farewell To Glasgow
Bring Us In Good Ale


Lydia McCauley – vocals, piano, synth, appalachian dulcimer, chimes
Brian Cunningham – guitar, mandolin, synth, electric guitar
Frank Jackson – recorders, wooden flute, penny whistle
Phil Heaven – viola
Lynne Givler – double bass
Jason Darling – percussion

THE MOON OF WINTERTIME • #BM-1031, Brimstone Music
The Moon of Wintertime by Lydia McCauley is a beautifully produced and presented CD. The cover art and text portray its spiritual and traditional origins and in many ways add to the overall experience. The tunes and songs here are derived from many sources and times and yet they combine old and new compositions.
The title track has music from France, lyrics dating from around 1643 with an English translation in 1926 and an adaptation in 2002 by McCauley. From this mixture she has produced lyrical magic that will uplift the spirits. On “Gifts of the Magi,” she takes full control, writing and arranging. The result is a 21st century song that would not have raised eyebrows in medieval courts. “Good King Wenceslas” and the former track make this an ideal Christmas CD if one is looking for traditional with a twist, but this is an all-year-round CD so don’t restrict your enjoyment to two weeks a year. You are a connoisseur of good music so be free. On hearing McCauley sing this song so sadly seen only as a carol, you must recognise it as a classic of good composition. The music may date from 1582 but this is 2003 sound.
“Childgrove” and “Ideo Gloria” are two exceptional instrumental tracks that will haunt your mind and transport you back in time to a glorious age of madrigal and courtly love. McCauley takes an Appalachian song, “Down in Yon Forest,” and gives it an interpretation that is probably closer to the original tune that traveled to the U.S. There is a very special bonus on this track. McCauley sings her version of the song, which is followed immediately by an arrangement by Brian Cunningham. This shows how an old song can be interpreted to give two or more distinct songs. Listen only to this track and marvel.
This is NOT a Christmas CD, it is an album that should be played in sunshine, hail and snow. At Christmas it will give you a welcome respite from maudlin seasonal trash but we deserve good music 365 days each year and Lydia McCauley provides it.
— Nicky Rossiter / South East Radio / Ireland /Rambles
Lydia and Kurt Scherer

Christmas Music CD by Lydia McCauley

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