When I listen to William Billings, I instantly see a snapshot of an early New England: brick streets, smoke spewing out of chimneys, a crispiness in the air, women in slightly tattered gowns, and men in cloaks. This is very likely the product of several trips to Colonial Williamsburg as a child. But, nevertheless, music has an incredible capacity to provoke the imagination. Little better embodies the spirit of a culture or of an era than the music that was composed for the time. Likewise, when I first listened to Danú, my imaginations eye took me to the Emerald Isle. This time, the country side was swept with a coating of icy white, with sparkling icicles and wispy white flurries to match. I also see a celebration in a house amidst this white countryside, with candles lit, laughing constant, a fire burning, and smiles all around. In short, it is Ireland during the holidays.
This Wednesday, Danú will be here with us at Wake Forest performing their show, “A Christmas in Ireland.” These expert musicians will play tunes that are uniquely Irish. These songs may be quite different from Nat King Cole belting “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” but there is no doubt that this group’s music will bring you the quintessential feeling of Christmas–a warmth of heart that pervades any culture.
Here is a preview of what the group will perform this week:
Hope to see you at the show!