When I See Winter Return
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I See Winter Return
After being spanked by an
irate publicist recently for apparently knowing nothing about
the autoharp--criticism which was remarkably accurate--I'll
come clean and admit to consulting a dictionary to learn about
two of the instruments used by this wonderful folk duo. I'm
not sure too many people will fault me for not knowing a bodhran
is an Irish goatskin drum. But maybe I should have known a hurdy
gurdy is a lutelike instrument played by turning a crank attached
to a rosined wheel that scrapes the strings. And now I'd
like to see one.
I'll invite William Pint
& Felicia Dale to Austin, Texas, if I may see them play bodhran
and hurdy gurdy, and guitar and mandolin and tinwhistle. They
play in an unusually romantic style. Their vocal harmonies are
earthy and appealing.
The eleven songs that comprise
When I See Winter Return were refreshingly unfamiliar
to me, but for two. I enjoyed the opening number, The January
On the surface a lyrical
tribute to the cycle of the seasons, it also seemed an apt metaphor
for life and aging.
Another highlight of the record
was the wistful Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, where
Ms. Dale introduced me to the hurdy gurdy. Pint & Dale's
rich vocal and instrumental harmonies, their use of ancient instruments,
and their warm, medieval style put me in mind of the Irish-inspired
Faerie kingdoms of Emma Bull.
The duo capped the record
with an inspiring (I want to say haunting, too, but in a good
way) rendition of Auld Lang Syne, by the great Scottish
poet Robert Burns.
I enjoyed the sweet, peaceful
feel of their music, and I appreciated its unique midwinter appeal.
"When I See Winter Return'
for me is a jewel among the albums I
have received and played
so far this year from all of the record companies."
Country Folk Radio Show
"A splendid Yuletide tribute bursts from this compact disc in
living color. Northwest artists William Pint and Felicia Dale
have created sounds to warm the darkest winter's night.
Pint's voice is rich, full and resonant with the passion
of a true bard of yesteryear. (Dale's) vocal harmonies are
fabulous and effective. Hurdy-gurdy, guitar, mandolin whistle,
and bodhran are nicely blended and well used. They did a marvelous
job collecting songs celebrating the winter season.
The album includes old favorites
like "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," and some
very obscrure songs, not the least of which is a French song
written in the 13th Century, "Quant Je Voi Yver Retorner,"
on which (Dale) sings an exquisite lead.
Song" is a lovely and instructive song that teaches the
listener about smart choices when gathering wood to warm the
winter. "Over the Hill and Over the Dale" proved to
be the most enchanting and mysterious tale of The Three Wisemen
that I have ever Heard.
Oh the whole album is enchanting;
just go buy it and make this holiday season a special one!"
Acoustic Music Review Magazine
| "WHEN I SEE WINTER RETURN-- Here's an album perfect for
the season. William Pint and Felicia Dale combine their voices
in a tribute to the turning of the season. These winter songs
include rarely heard Christmas songs, a 13th century French composition,
and several songs ringing in the New Year.
a hurdy-gurdy, guitar, octave mandolin, whistle, and Irish drum.
Highlights include the beautiful "January Man" and
a great arrangement of "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day."
Great listening on this one."
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| "When I See Winter Return" is a similar recording, (to Telynor's
Off the Beaten Track) but has a more folky and less medieval
feeling. It relies more heavily on William Pint's firm but
gentle fingerpicked guitar than on any other instrumental sound.
Felicia Dale's hurdy-gurdy adds a continental European flavor,
and the octave mandolin, bodhran and whistles put a Celtic spin
on some songs. Both Pint and Dale are good singers, not flash,
but direct and expressive. They're also good at dressing
their material in shiny new clothes; songs so common as to be
banal, like "Auld Lang Syne" and "I Saw Three
Ships," are given new and unusual arrangements. Less frequently
covered traditional material, like "the Trees Are All Bare,"
a descriptive piece from the Copper family's collection,
and "The Woodcutter's Song," are likewise performed
with appropriate but unexpected settings.
"The January Man" and J. M. Neal's "Over
the Hill and Over the Dale," are among the songs by well
known composers, and O'Carolan's harp tune "Planxty
Loftus Jones," whose opening notes sound like those of "Joy
to the World," is included for a lark. Finally, the couple
are not above crafting verse of their own, as when they supplement
the 13th-century French song "Quant Je Voi Yver Retorner"
with new lyrics describing themselves and their music. All of
it is done tastefully, and the results of their efforts are beautiful.
In short, this is another yuletide feast."
Dirty Linen, USA