Deep Midwinter shows that even when the Celtic Nots have a theme -- in this case, Christmas-related music -- they still wind up making their album diverse to the extreme. They go from an instrumental version of 'Good King Wenceslas' to the lively Spanish carol 'Riu Riu Chiu' and many points in between, with the typical Celtic Nots sense of fun and enthusiasm for experimentation. A really unusual reggae version of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' titled 'God Rasta Ye' will certainly capture the attention, as will the marimbas in 'Sing Noel.' This would definitely be a good album to play for a Christmas Around the World party, as it brings an exotic flavor to even traditional European carols like 'Three Ships,' with it's off-the-wall mix of electric guitar and bagpipes. So if an international musical tour in the space of one album is your style, then Deep Midwinter is the collection to get. Murrday Fisher, All Music Guide ------------------ 'A great CD to lift your spirits and get you through the long, dark winter' The Inlander 'A little bit of everything - there's some weird stuff on this CD.' The Spokesman-Review ------------------ The Nots are: Carlos Alden, host of the 'Nacho Celtic Hour' on Spokane's KPBX public radio and a well-recognized figure in the local Folk music scene. Carlos plays cittern (a 10-string bass mandolin thingy), guitar, banjo, percussion, and vocals. Nigel Elliott, a Londoner who grew up in Northern Ireland and Africa, and a seasoned drummer who toured with some of the most famous popular rock acts from England in the 80s and who has been in so many bands he can't remember them all. Nigel plays bodhrán (the traditional Irish frame drum), djembe (a west African drum), all manner of percussion, and he also sings. James Hunter, another well-traveled Englishman, plays flutes, whistles, uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes), didgeredoo, percussion, bass, and vocals.
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