In "A Winters Gift", Patrick, Lisa, Aryeh step into a magical world of Irish and English literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs and draw out tales such as "A Child's Christmas in Wales," a chapter from "The Wind in the Willows," and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, and mingle them with beloved and original pieces of seasonal music. All of the music and all of the stories touch on the central message of the Christmas/Winter season. Hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness.
Patrick Ball - Wire strung Celtic Harp, Spoken Word
Patrick is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and four spoken word albums which have sold well over a half million copies internationally, winning national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Patrick's critically acclaimed concerts and solo theatrical productions have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and England. His passion for the oral tradition of Irish storytelling and his love of the wire-strung Celtic Harp have made Patrick Ball one of the most beloved performers in folk music today.
Lisa Lynne - Celtic Harp, Irish Bouzouki, Mandolin
Lisa is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring the Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New Age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa's music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special "Alone in the Wilderness," amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films.
Aryeh Frankfurter - Celtic Harp, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Cittern
Aryeh is a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi-instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic music. He began with classical violin at the age of three and went on to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of bowed and plucked instruments and, most recently, the rare Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire and his many critically and commercially successful albums have established him as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talent.