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This debut album from Vermont-based band Frost and Fire, features a blend of new and traditional Celtic music. Music for contra dances and waltzes, songs by Robert Burns and Stephen Foster, and a host of tunes by Viveka, Peter, Hollis, and Aaron—many of them never previously recorded.

The music ranges from stately and elegant to wild and energetic,  with a variety of texture and instrumentation.

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Aaron Marcus: piano, concertina, banjo, foot percussion, backing vocals

Hollis Easter: flute, Scottish border pipes, whistle, guitar, lead vocals
Peter Macfarlane: fiddle, low whistle, backing vocals
Viveka Fox: fiddle, bodhran, djembe

  1. Anemone / Down the Broom / Macklimoyle’s
    Contra dance reels
  2. Caald Nights o’ Winter / Scalloway Lasses / Glen Where the Deer Is
    Three wee reels from Scotland 
  3. Gentle Annie
    A classic from the American tradition by Stephen Foster.

  4. Tendrils / Snake Mountain Gathering I / Tendrils
    Three tunes by Peter: a slinky jig, a driving reel, and then a rollicking reel-ified version of Tendrils.

  5. Miss Jasmine Walker
    Sweet waltz by Hollis.
  6. Wyoming / Liz and Adam’s
    Aaron wrote Wyoming after a year spent as a field botanist there. 
  7. Glenuig Rant / Trip to Reigate / John Keith Laing
    Driving reels by Peter with a rocking pipe tune at the end.
  8. Bobbing for Brandywines / Road to Adamant / Marche à Julia
    Contra dancers love to hoot and stomp their feet to this set of reels.
  9. Ae Fond Kiss
    The classic Robert Burns song of wistful farewell.
  10. Tabitha’s Rambles / All Hallows’ Eve
    Two tunes by Hollis, one for his kitten’s explorations, the other for a spooky Halloween.
  11. Ravencroft
    Aaron’s funky 10/8 tune honoring friends who lent us their home, Ravencroft, for our earliest rehearsals.
  12. My Darling So Far Away
    Aaron wrote this song of remembrance for loved ones we wish were closer.
  13. Rebecca and Irvin’s / Bobcat Strut
    Sweet and flowing march meets groovy struttin’ tune in a set inspired by English Country Dance.

  14. Nuptial Knot / Deep Freeze
    A grand old Scottish fiddle tune meets a fiery new reel by Viveka in this rousing closing set.

Samples of the tracks can be heard on their website
Frost & Fire

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Midwinter Spring

Midwinter Spring

This debut album from Vermont-based band Frost and Fire, features a blend of new and traditional Celtic music. Music for contra dances and waltzes, songs by Robert Burns and Stephen Foster, and a host of tunes by Viveka, Peter, Hollis, and Aaron—many of them never previously recorded.

The music ranges from stately and elegant to wild and energetic,  with a variety of texture and instrumentation.

Write a review