Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Ancient carols, Renaissance rhythms and haunting medieval hymns bring to life images of desert landscapes, stone monasteries and the origins of Christmas. Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer with members of Ensemble Galilei: Marcia Diehl on recorder, bowed psaltery and pennywhistle; Jim Brooks on recorder and concertina; Sue Richards on Celtic harp; Carolyn Surrick on treble viola & bass viola da gamba; Bonnie Rideout on fiddle, Zan McLeod on cittern and guitar and Ben Harms on hand drums and tambourine.
Personnel: Maggie Sansone (dulcimer, hammer dulcimer); Zan McLeod (guitar, cittern); Sue Richards (harp, celtic harp); Marcia Diehl (psaltery, pennywhistle, recorder); Carolyn Anderson Surrick (viol, viola, viola da gamba); Bonnie Rideout (fiddle); Jim Brooks (concertina, recorder); Ben Harms (drums, tambourine).
Audio Mixer: Jim Robeson.
Recording information: Bias Recording Studios, Springfield, VA.
Unknown Contributor Role: Carolyn Anderson Surrick.
Arrangers: Ensemble Galilei; Maggie Sansone.
Ancient Noels showcases the hammered dulcimer virtuosity of Maggie Sansone and the medieval and Celtic magic of Ensemble Galilei. In addition to Maggie's dulcet tones, The Ensemble contributes the lively sounds of recorders, viols, Renaissance frame drums, fiddle and Celtic harp. Spirited jigs join haunting plain chants, medieval hymns and dancing carols bringing the listener images of ancient civilizations, desert landscapes and stone monasteries where the spirit of Christmas was born. ~ MusD