Twelfth Night or Epiphany, a feast celebrated January 6, was identified with the coming of the three Wise Men. In Europe it was a special occasion for observing surviving pagan winter solstice celebrations, encouraging the turning of darkness into light and the coming of the Neew Year, and celebrating the beginning of Carnival season. Our recording expresses many of the sentiments associated with the New Year, the changing of the seasons, the rebirth of life and wishes for good fortune and prosperity, through medieval and traditional carols, songs by the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, and Renaissance and traditional dances from England and Ireland. Eileen Hadidian (recorder, flute) has appeared in concert throughout the western United States, and is the founder and artistic director of Healing Muses, a non-profit organization which brings healing music to Bay Area hospitals, clinics, convalescent homes and homebound individuals. She is the recipient of the annual Citizen in the Arts award, given by the city of Albany to honor a significant contribution to the arts. Susan Rode Morris (soprano) is a singer of unusual versatility whose accomplishments encompass a wide range of repertoire and musical styles. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has received much critical acclaim for her expressiveness and naturalness in singing, as well as her communicative presence. Susan has premiered numerous works by Bay Area composers. Shira Kammen (violin, vielle, voice) was a member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova and Medieval Strings, and has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, Kitka and the King's Noyse. She is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble performing on river rafting trips. Maureen Brennan (Celtic harp) is an accomplished performer, playing both eary classical and Celtic music on the Irish harp. She has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada in a variety of ensembles, and performed for many years on cruise ships in Alaska and Tahiti. She continues as a soloist in Irish and Scottish events, and as the harper with Wake the Dead, a Celtic/Grateful Dead crossover band. Julie Jeffrey (viola da gamba) has appeared in concert with Magnificat, The Newberry Consort, A Sett of Vyalls, Class V Music, the Carmel Bach Festival, and she is a member of Sex Chordae Consort of Viols. She likes to explore innovative reincarnations of old and new music, and expanding the viol's repertoire beyond conventional boundaries.