The holidays are coming and with it, a stream of folk albums are coming out, including two lovely Christmas records. The first one is called Wassail, Wassail! and is recorded by
Last year Imbue were asked to perform at a Dickens Christmas Fair, and the experience led them to venture out of their normal medieval/Renassaince repertoire, into the magical sounds of Victorian Christmas Carols. And what a treat Wassail Wassail! has become. The perfect gift to put under the Christmas Tree, or better yet, in it as the old Victorians did. In the tree? Yes, up till then the idea of giving gifts to each other was something you did on New Year, but in Victorian times it shifted towards Christmas, small gifts were hung in the tree; which was further decorated with dried fruit, candies in wrappers, cookies, nuts, strands of popcorn or cranberries and the odd tin and leather Christmas decoration.
Well, as we see it Wassail, Wassail! would be the perfect Christmas decoration/present, but of course you COULD go Victorian all the way, in which case you would hire in the Carol singers themselves and give them Wassail punch! it is ALL up to you. So
is that all-important link to read all about Wassail, Wassail! And furthermore? Merry Christmas!
A message of hope, The Castlefest Collective
X-mas is quickly approaching and in the coming weeks, we will be introducing 3 albums that would look great under the Christmas tree. CD’s filled to the brim with good cheer, a lot of love, and plenty of Christmas feeling. We start off with a true stunner: Hope is The Thing With Feathers by The Castlefest Collective.
Way back in March, when corona started reaping havoc, not only on people’s health but also on the whole music industry, a group of artists from our pagan/fantasy folk scene came together to share tips and idea’s to deal with the new situation. It started out rather practical, but artists wouldn’t be artists if music didn’t pop-up its head sooner or later. And sure enough it did. Guitar riffs became musical ideas, pieces of text became lyrics, and soon enough the first song was born called Hope Is The Thing With Feathers. But it didn’t stop there. Eight songs were born like that in the end, and they all found their way on a lovely album. Just as the single it is called Hope Is The Thing With Feathers and the group named themselves The Castlefest Collective.
I’ve been listening to this album for about 2 weeks now, and it really grew on me. Hopefully, the album WILL find its way to your Christmas tree and it will captivate you as much as it did me. For more info, just click.