Midnight Clear-Christmas in Mitford
The best album yet from top-selling Celtic fusion artist Bill Leslie! A Midnight Clear - Christmas in Mitford is a gorgeous blend of songs and instruments featuring acoustic guitar, grand piano, violin, cello, Celtic whistles, flute, oboe, harp and hammered dulcimer. This album contains 16 tracks and offers a balance of traditional and original pieces. The first fifteen cuts are instrumental. A Midnight Clear - Christmas in Mitford ends with Leslie's hauntingly beautiful vocal 'Winter Rose.' The album is a tribute to best-selling Mitford series author Jan Karon. Mitford is a mythical mountain town that reminds Leslie of his childhood home in western North Carolina. The author Karon describes the music as 'wistful and consoling -- the perfect antidote to the bane of modern anxiety.' Musicians on this compilation include two Juilliard graduates - Jennifer Curtis on violin and Melanie Wilsden on oboe. Other top flight musicians include Bill Covington on grand piano, Nancy Green on cello, Anita Burroughs-Price on harp, Dan Gilvary on hammered dulcimer, Brent Cotten on guitar, Will Leslie on percussion, Marty Long on vocals and Leslie on a variety of instruments including guitar, Celtic whistles, piano and keyboards.