Christmas Album – The Gifts of Midwinter – by Ken and Lisa Theriot

The Gifts of Midwinter Christm album - unique christmas songsThis is the long-awaited Christmas album by Ken and Lisa Theriot. It is the first Raven Boy Music release by both Ken Theriot AND Lisa Theriot together. In the beginning (ca. 1988) their different song selections and writing styles were different enough that separate “solo” albums made sense. Then they just kept doing it that way. But since The Gifts of Midwinter is a collection of holiday songs, it seemed a good time to to put out a “Ken and Lisa Theriot” album.

Speaking of the songs, here is how the album is described on CD Baby: Songs you don’t hear on every Christmas album, a mix of songs from the secular to the sacred, the medieval to the modern. Two original songs, one cover, and everything else is traditional. The goal from the beginning was to create an album of unique Christmas songs that wasn’t just a rehash of all the same songs you hear everyone else doing. We think we succeeded in that.  Even songs you’ve heard before, like “Gaudete,” “Personent Hodie,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” you probably haven’t heard the way they are done here.

Here is a list of songs on the album:

Gaudete (in Latin)
Marmion’s Christmas Song
Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) (in French)
Do You Hear What I Hear?
How Far to Bethlehem?
Riu, Riu (in Spanish)
Lully, Lully (The Corpus Christi Carol)
Drink to the Holly Berry
Noël Nouvelet (in French)
This Endris Night
La Marche Des Rois (in French)
Puer Natus (A Child is Born) (in Latin)
The Boar’s Head Carol
Personent Hodie (in Latin)
The Gifts of Midwinter

You can get the physical CD (as well as the digital album and song downloads) at CD Baby here: The Gifts of Midwinter. That’s also where you can download songs or the whole album from iTunes here: Ken and Lisa Theriot.   BTW, since you cannot get the liner notes anywhere but here (limitations with the manufacturing process we use), we offer them free as a pdf download here: The Gifts of Midwinter liner notes.

Take a look and a listen to the songs below:


Gaudete


Marmion’s Christmas Song


Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night)


Do You Hear What I Hear?


How Far to Bethlehem?


Riu, Riu


Lully, Lully (The Corpus Christi Carol)


Drink to the Holly Berry


Noël Nouvelet


This Endris Night


La Marche Des Rois


Puer Natus (A Child is Born)


The Boar’s Head Carol


Personent Hodie


The Gifts of Midwinter

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  1. Dwain says

    One of the many things I was looking forward to this holiday season was getting to listen album, it came out last year and I only had a couple weeks before the holiday music listen season was over. (although I went against the grain and listen to it a bit in July)

    This is a great seasonal album, that anyone that listens to quality music would enjoy.

    My favorites are your version of “Do you hear what I hear?” “This Endris Night” and Riu, Riu which I don’t understand a word of, but I can get out my head. I would sing it to myself doing things around the house and my kids thought I was singing about capybara’s.

    I hope one day to play as well, keep up the good work. Happy Holidays!

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