Wintersong brings beloved and diverse seasonal music together under the mistletoe, creating combinations that surprise and delight. Imagine a string band around a woodstove on a solstice eve — when in from the snow comes a cathedral choir, a troupe of neighborhood carolers, a gospel quartet, sacred harp singers, six ladies dancing, seven lords a-leaping, and a partridge in a pear tree. The result? A winter’s jam scored for fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, percussion and four voices, where call-and-response gospel (Born in Bethlehem) stands alongside the old English Coventry Carol; where Es Ist Ein Rose finds a clawhammer banjo, and I Saw Three Ships sets sail on electric blues guitar.
Powerful story songs — like John McCutcheon’s Christmas in the Trenches — stand alongside sing-along holiday favorites that everyone is invited to join. This ageless holiday repertoire is at home in Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem’s soaring harmonies and inventive arrangements, which range from quiet fiddle and pennywhistle instrumentals to full-on hoedowns. For audiences of all ages, Wintersong is music simultaneously familiar and new, rooted in American tradition and celebrating the joy and reflection of the season.