| October 2006 (2006-10)|
| Soulfood Music Distribution|
Christmas music, Folk rock, Celtic music
Black's Night albums, Christmas music albums
Winter Carols is the sixth studio album by the group Blackmore's Night, released in the United Kingdom on October, 2006, and in the United States on November 7, 2006. It is a Christmas themed album. The cover artwork for this album, painted by Karsten Topelmann, is an adaptation of a street in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, in line with the band's heavy Renaissance influence. The same street is portrayed in the cover of Blackmore's Night's second studio album, Under a Violet Moon. In the cover of "Winter Carols" the street is painted as winter time, whereas Under a Violet Moon's cover takes place on apparently a summer night. While the selections "Winter (Basse Dance)" is credited to Ritchie Blackmore as composer, it is an adaptation of the second section of Joaquin Rodrigo's "Fantasía para un gentilhombre," which Rodrigo composed for classical guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia in 1954.
On December 2006, Winter Carols entered at #7 on USA Billboard New Age Charts.
The album won the New Age Reporter Lifestyle Music Award as the Best Holiday Album.
The album was re-issued in 2013 with an additional CD of live versions, along with that year's single - a reworking of the track Christmas EveRitchie Blackmore – arrangements, guitar, mandola, nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, percussion
Candice Night – vocals, shawm, pennywhistle
Pat Regan – production, arrangements, keyboards
Sir Robert of Normandie (Robert Curiano) – bass
Sisters of the Moon: Lady Madeline and Lady Nancy (Madeline and Nancy Posner) – harmony vocals
Bard David of Larchmont (David Baranowski) – keyboards
Sarah Steiding – violin
Anton Fig – drums
Albert Dannemann – bagpipes, backing vocals
Ian Robertson and Jim Manngard – backing vocals
1Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Come All Ye Faithful3:50Winter Carols Wikipedia
2I Saw Three Ships2:42
3Winter (Basse Dance)3:10