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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B000IFRR2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an album that Waterson:Carthy have been wanting to make for a very long time. Songs and carols celebrating all the seasons of the year is a very English concept. The Watersons first album in 1965 was the groundbreaking, highly revered and very successful "Frost & Fire" - A Calendar of Ritual and Magical Songs," and the concept continues to fascinate them. With "Holy Heathens & The Old Green Man" Waterson Carthy have eclipsed even that seminal album. These songs celebrate the diversity of the seasons as well as the religious, physical and economic impact each had upon people's lives and still resonate today with all the power they had in our past.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Moody on December 5, 2006
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I always look forward to a new Waterson:Carthy recording because I love the genre of music they choose to record and I`m a big fan of their interpretive styles, skills and sound.

Their latest release, "Holy Heathens and The Old Green Man", is obviously a "Christmas' recording, but I use the word "Christmas" here with hesitation because the overall impression left by the work is much more expansive than the singlular idea of Christmas day. In the world of Waterson:Carthy, this time of year is time to have some merriment, some spiritual reflection, a look at one's moral compass, and to partake in some darn good music!

The choice of material is (as usual for this gang) truly inspired and it's hard to pick favorites. Martin Carthy's take on the unusual "Christ Made A Trance" and Eliza Carthy's reading of her uncle Mike Waterson's "Jack Frost" are two tracks that leave big impressions. Also Norma's leading of the troupe in the opening "Residue" makes for a grand entrance.

Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson have always appeared to be generous to those younger musicians following in their footsteps and it's never shown more clearly than here. Tim Van Eycken, who has been part of their group for the last few years, makes his farewell performance with them here. (He released a wonderful solo album just a few months ago.) His performance of "On Christmas Day It Happened So" is another high point of the recording. Van Eyken delivers this bleak, blunt song in a manner reminiscent of June Tabor's approach to this kind of piece - placing sentimentality in back of the notion of letting the story and song speak for itself.

Waterson:Carthy also introduce the trio The Devil's Interval into their fold for this recording.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Scarff on December 15, 2007
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This CD has been the very happy surprise of this holiday season. I like it so much, it has become my number #1 gift this year.
Strictly this album reflects carols and songs for different seasons (e.g the "May Song"), but there are so many Christmas and New Years songs, it is perfect for this season.
I agree completely with everything in Thomas Moody's excellent review of this album. For me, it is my 5th Waterson:Carthy CD, and maybe the best of the bunch.
There is such richness in this music and the group's treatment of it. The song that keeps being played over and over in my CD player is "While Shepherds Watched", the only carol of these I have heard before, but done in an incredibly strong a capella version. Absolutely stunning. Of course, each time I listen to this CD, I hear something else that amazes and impresses me.
Not like any other Christmas CD you will give your friends (or yourself), but one that will probably be played far more often than all the others.
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By naeler on November 22, 2013
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Thanks, again to Amazon for providing samples of the music: it is great to be able to sample before buying. This music is different, unique and not for everyone. I like their old English folk sound and a cappella, and I like their instruments. They remind me somewhat of an long time favorite group, Steeleye Span
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