“A Winter’s Night” with Ensemble Galilei & Neal Conan

Folk Music & Beyond Playlist for December 20, 2014
Hour 1: “A Winter’s Night” with Ensemble Galilei & Neal Conan

“A Winter’s Night: Music and Poetry for the Solstice” was recorded at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on December 4, 2013. Members of Ensemble Galilei are: Isaac Alderson (uillean pipes, Irish flutes, and whistles), Ryan McKasson (Scottish fiddle), Jackie Moran (bodhrán and banjo), Sue Richards (celtic harp), and Carolyn Anderson Surrick (viola da gamba).

First Half

  1. Unidentified Christmas story read by Neal Conan
  2. Ensemble Galilei, “Half C”
  3. “February Swans” (poem by Jim Harrison), read by Neal Conan
  4. Ensemble Galilei, “Christ Child Lullabye”
  5. “Wolf Moon” (poem by Mary Oliver), read by Neal Conan, followed by harp instrumental by Sue Richards
  6. Instrumental by Ensemble Galilei
  7. “Wexford Carol,” followed by uilleann pipe instrumental by Isaac Alderson
  8. “Ithaca” (poem by K.P. Kavafis), read by Neal Conan
  9. Ensemble Galilei, “Let All Mortal Flesh / Convulsions / The Kelp”
  10. “Dessert” (recipe by Julia Child), read by Neal Conan


Ensemble Galilei, “My Love Is in America / Mother’s Delight, ” Mystic and the Muse, 3:27 Dorian

Second Half

  1. Ensemble Galilei, “1921”
  2. “The White Silence” (by Jack London), read by Neal Conan
  3. “Dead Center” (by May Sarton), read by Neal Conan, followed by Ensemble Galilei, “Greensleaves”
  4. A set of strathspeys and reels by Ryan McKasson and Jackie Moran
  5. “White Out” (poem by Suzy Michnevich), read by Neal Conan
  6. Instrumental medley by Ensemble Galilei
  7. 10/“Geo-Bestiary” (prose by Jim Harrison), read by Neal Conan
  8. Viola de gamba solo by Carolyn Surrick
  9. Harp solo by Sue Richards
  10. Ensemble Galilei, “Culloden”
  11. “The Party Next Door” (poem by Ogden Nash), read by Neal Conan


First Set

Kitka, “Domnulet Si Domn Din Cer” (Romanian Colinda Carol), Wintersongs, 3:29 (self-produced)

Anúna, “Maria Matrem Virginem (Maria Virgin Mother),” A Celtic Heartbeat Christmas, 3:59 Atlantic

Second Set

Cantus, “Nowell! Nowell! This Is the Salutacion,” Christmas with Cantus, 2:22 (self-produced)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chant Choir, “Cuncti Simus,” Mid Earth Rejoices, 2:38 (self-produced)

Rosina de Pèira, Martina, Francesca Daga, & Clara, “Guilhon Pren Ton Tamborin,” Nadal Encara, 1:39

Barbara Higbie, “Patapan,” Winter Joy, 3:46 (self-produced)

Nightnoise, “Ar Pont Nevez,” Celtic Christmas Silver Anniversary, 3:35 Windham Hill

Third Set

Mairead & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, “The Snows,” Celtic Christmas III, 3:32 Windham Hill

Barbara Higbie, “Lullay Lully,” Winter Joy, 3:45 (self-produced)