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.
"A perfect blend of tempos,instruments and eclectic tunes that offer something different. Enchanting and delightful." -- The Bookreader
"An enticing blend... unorthodox instrumental combinations result in interesting textures and imaginative interpretations." -- ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
"One of the year's best, a mystical majesty fuels both stately medieval processionals, and sprightly carols and hymns." -- The Washington Post
"The relative unfamiliar melodies make this perfect and playable any time of the year." -- Dirty Linen Folk & World Magazine