Unity-Unique Music for Christmas[CD]
The musicians of Daybreak have been harmonizing together since 1990 in and around Lehigh and Bucks Counties of Pennsylvania. We enjoy applying our rich blend of acoustic instruments and voices to Celtic jigs, reels, hornpipes and ballads; American folk tunes and songs, folk hymns, original pieces, and seasonal songs. Our uniquely-woven sounds, as well as innovative arrangements, bring warmth and freshness to an uncommon range of traditional and current genres. Many people recognize the beautiful old melodies of pieces such as 'The Butterfly' and 'The King of Love' and enjoy the ways we revisit them. They flow well into recent compositions like 'Caed Mile Failte' (100,000 Welcomes) or 'The Dream'. We find that our music speaks to all ages, and have often seen a very diverse crowd stop to listen when we've played in outdoor settings. 'Unity ~ Unique Music for Christmas', includes Christmas music from around the Western world. It is unique because many of these pieces, though old, are new to our ears. Unity will make a fine addition to your seasonal listening repertoire, and you may find yourself listening to this CD all year 'round. Here you will find delightful original compositions, Irish jigs and reels, a medieval English song, and a couple of freshly interpreted hymns. There are gentle surprises such as two Manx pieces, a French melody sung in Latvian, and a song of praise from the Taizé community. 'Unity' has a gentle mood with a hopeful flair. Artists heard on 'Unity' include Dagnija Berzina on vocals; Denis Blodgett on tin whistle, guitar and vocals; Cliff Cole on hammered dulcimer; Sally Cole on guitar, recorder, tin whistle and vocals; Anna Lisa Yoder on violin, viola, mandolin, and bouzouki, and Rob Yoder on vocals, concertina, bodhrán, and mountain dulcimer. Our overall sound has been called lush and easily approachable, and we may use one instrumental blend on a slip-jig and another for a German carol. About 'Unity', people say the spirit of advent and love carries the day, and they have been entranced by some of the regenerative musical ideas heard there. Denis' moving guitar and vocal setting of 'Lead Kindly Light' with Newman's timeless poetry has become a great favorite of many, as well as Rob's ode to a father's warm welcome, 'Going Home'. Presently, Daybreak members are Cliff, Rob and Anna Lisa. We've also incorporated the musical skills of our children as well, and they can be heard on our newest CDs, 'Little Steps' and 'LOST CAVE'. They add cello, vocals, fiddle, percussion and piano to the mix and have been very warmly received by our audiences. Daybreak has performed in various settings including The Bethlehem MusikFest, Longwood Gardens, Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse, The Allentown Mayfair, Moravian College, Celtic Classic, Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, and The Kutztown Pennsylvania German Festival. We also play in churches, weddings, and clubs. The group has enjoyed playing in many configurations and along with a wonderful array of musical friends, relatives and founding members. We thank them, and our families and supportive listeners over the years who have inspired us and helped bring us to this place.
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