REVIEWS OF SIR CHRISTÈMAS
"Brocelïande is a very capable four-piece ensemble in the early-music/Baroque/Celtish mold. On this Christmas recording, the players cover a very broad range of music from Western Europe, everything from an interesting hymn in Middle English to French carols, English wassails, Bach tunes, and even familiar Christmas songs. Margaret Davis has a high, clear voice and considerable talent on the harp. A pleasant blend of guitars, cello, oboe, flute, and so forth combine with some fine harmony singing to make this an enjoyable CD to put on while trimming trees, baking cookies, and all those other midwinter tasks. The insert includes a recipe for wassail. " --Dirty Linen
"Seasonal and Christmas music from several western European traditions, arranged for guitars, harp, winds, and cello, are offered by this California quartet. Some Yuletide chestnuts, some unusual songs (for example, the beautiful 'Carol of the Birds') and a few splendid instrumental pieces make this a nice holiday collection. -- Sing Out!
"Sixteen entertaining tunes in medieval and Renaissance styles range from 'Gloucestershire Wassail' to 'Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle' (with French and English lyrics), the Latin 'Gaudete,' an lrish instrumental, and 12 more with similar variety--including one song in Medieval English. This excellent quartet not only plays Celtic harp, flute, guitar, period instruments, oboe, English horn, and cello, it also shines on vocals, with qualities that suit the pub/street-singing feel of certain cuts. Engaging Old World atmospheres. " --NAPRA ReView
"Drawing from a diversity of European and American cultures, Sir Christemas presents songs in English, French, German, and Spanish spanning periods from the 13th to 20th centuries. The words hark to Christmas, Yule, Winter Solstice, and other "Festivals of Light" integral to this time of year. Detailed liner notes give lyrics for the vocal pieces, historical context and attributions for all songs, and other fascinating background information. My favorite tracks include the rousing "Gloucestershire Wassail", "The Boar's Head Carol", an exquisitely soulful rendition of "The Holly and the Ivy", and "Edi Beo Thu." Actually, I loved them all ... Put it on your shopping list, too; Sir Christemas is a perfect gift for fans of traditional music. This is far and again the best winter holiday release I've heard since MotherTongue released This Winter's Night ... Most highly recommended." --PanGaia