This Endris Night
Heather Dale cheerfully disregards the stereotypical limits for both folk singer-songwriters and Celtic balladeers. Tapping into the continuing evolution of Celtic peoples worldwide, this Canadian recording artist offers a new type of Celtic music for the 21st century: a playful, passionate blend of tradition and innovation. 'Her music is powerful stuff, reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt and Sarah McLachlan but with a depth and resonance rooted in it's mythic sources.' (Vancouver Sun) Her holiday CD This Endris Night (an old term which means 'the other night') contains 12 of Heather's inventive arrangements of Medieval and Renaissance holiday songs. These lively renditions feature her versatility as both a vocalist and an instrumental performer; she performs everything on the album, including all vocals (in five languages), tin whistle, Irish and Middle Eastern percussion, and Medieval-style folk instruments such as the bowed psaltery and hammered dulcimer. Inspired by her love of history, Heather set out to catch the holiday spirit from over 500 years ago. The CD mixes well-known carols (such as Good King Wenceslas, The Holly and the Ivy) with songs from even older times (Huron Carol, Veni Veni Emmanuel). 'I wanted to express the strength of this common celebration,' she explains. 'The Midwinter season has always brought people together, no matter the details of their faith.' This album is a truly unique and joyful exploration of seasonal music. Heather Dale tours full-time (100+ concerts per year) across North America and Europe. Recordings by Heather Dale include: The Gabriel Hounds (2008), The Hidden Path: Live & Rarities (2006), The Road to Santiago (2005), May Queen (2003), This Endris Night (2002), Call The Names (2001), and The Trial of Lancelot (2000).