Jubilant Bridge is proud to announce the release of their new recording, A Bell A Bird A Star, a collection of songs for the Christmas season. It is very much a listening experience, filled with beautiful songs not often heard except by choral ensembles. But here, the songs are arranged by the duo for two voices, guitar, dulcimer and feature the intricate harmonies and arrangements the duo is known for.
The CD begins with Carol Van Alstine’s original, A Bell A Bird A Star, which she wrote for the project. But when she opened it, she was gifted with another song, My Mother Gave the World to Me, the closing track.
Three original instrumentals, composed by Willie Jaeger, grace the collection: Winterlude, Dancing Foxes Drifting Snow, and Nighthawks Grace the Frozen Moon.
The heart of the CD consists of songs by 20th-century composers, traditional carols in several languages and two Latin pieces. Three songs based on medieval texts grace the recording: Gustav Holst’s Lullay My
Liking, Boris Ord’s Adam Lay Ybounden, and Benjamin Britten’s Balulalow. Personent Hodie and Gaudete, from the 1582 songbook Piae Cantiones, also have medieval origins. Sydney Carter’s Every Star Shall Sing a Carol is a 20th-century song for the earth and the cosmos.
And there are many carols from around the world: the Spanish lullaby, A La Nanita Nana; the beautiful French carol, Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agreable; the Russian, Carol of the Russian Children; the traditional
Appalachian, The World Is Old; and English favorites, The Holly and The Ivy, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, and Gloucestershire Wassail.
Jubilant Bridge has five previous recordings. In their last CD, Power Lines, which featured their compelling award-winning original songs as well as their unique take on songs from favorite songwriters,Victory Music Review found “an amazing level of melodic richness and complex songwriting”, the songs “musical and lyrical tapestries that can be surprisingly deep and poetic.”
Carol received a BMI Songwriter Award for the title track, and the duo was a two-time Finalist for Best Group/Duo in the International Acoustic Music Awards for three songs from the CD.
Jubiant Bridge is excited that their music is heard on 7522 Radio.