We just received a review of Ken and Lisa Theriot’s Christmas Album, “The Gift of Midwinter.” It is a wonderful summary of this unique album of Christmas songs, and is to be published in the newsletter of a group in The SCA (world-wide medieval re-creation group).
Below is that review. Many thanks to Lee Anderson and the good folks in Stierbach (in Virginia)!
The Gifts of Midwinter, by Ken and Lisa Theriot (aka Sir Kenneth MacQuarrie of Tobermory and Adelaide de Beaumont) Produced by Raven Boy Music (2010) http://www.ravenboymusic.com
A family review by Lee of Stierbach & children
Cold weather has come to fair Atlantia’s shores. The time to gather round the Yule log with friends and family is upon us. If your hearth lacks a bard, Ken and Lisa Theroit provide a delightful collection of fifteen songs for your seasonal celebration.
Three are period pieces in Latin: “Gaudete,” “Puer Natus,” and “Personent Hodie.” Lisa provides both the Latin and English translations of these in the lyric & line notes. Three are in French: “Cantique de Noël,” “Noël Nouvelet,” and “La Marche Des Rois.” The latter two are in period also, and Lisa has the words in both French and English. The only Spanish song on the album “Riu, Riu, Chiu,” has very little in the way of musical accompaniment, but you’ll find yourself clapping and singing along.
In English, the remaining songs include the recognizable Christmas carols “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “How Far to Bethlehem.” There are three period Christmastime songs that you may not be familiar with, including the lullaby “This Endris Night,” the danceable “The Boar’s Head Carol,” and the Corpus Christi Carol “Lully, Lully.” “Marmion’s Christmas Song” is Lisa’s expansion of a holiday scene in a poem by Sir Walter Scott.
Finally, Ken and Lisa have included two wonderful, original songs. “Drink to the Holly Berry” is a wassailing song that ends with the clinking of glasses raised in toast, and the title track “The Gifts of Midwinter” reminds us that:
Faith is a gift that the Midwinter brings
In the stillness it stirs, in the silence it sings
It burns in the hearts of the young and the old
Like a flame in the darkness, a light in the cold.
You can learn more about the album and listen to the individual songs at http://www.ravenboymusic.com/christmas-album-the-gifts-of-midwinter-by-ken-and-lisa-theriot/
And the lyrics & liner notes are available on a pdf at