Through the Dark Night

by The Foxglove Trio

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The Foxglove Trio pride themselves on seeking out lesser-known traditional and contemporary folk songs and arranging them with care and creativity. These principles are evident in their choice of material and performances on this Christmas EP.

This record sees the trio bring out the softer side to their sound with two tracks based around the guitar and concertina, as well as plenty of three part harmony singing.

For this Christmas folk song collection The Foxglove Trio have selected carols from their Welsh and Yorkshire roots, with additional pieces from the Hebrides and the Midlands.

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released December 1, 2019

The Foxglove Trio is:
Ffion Mair - lead vocals, harp
Cathy Thomson - guitar, cello, whistle, vocals
Patrick Dean - concertina, melodeon, vocals

Dylan Fowler plays kantele on track 1

Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Dylan Fowler at Stiwdio Felin Fach, Abergavenny

Artwork by Georgina Roberts
Logo by Natalie Rae Reid

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The Foxglove Trio is a group of multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh. Gathering material from sessions, published song collections and contemporary artists, these talented musicians are making a name for themselves on the UK folk scene for their beautiful harmonies, creative new arrangements and engaging live performances. ... more

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Track Name: Christ Child Lullaby
My love, my treasured one are you,
My sweet and lovely son are you,
You are my love, my darling you,
Unworthy I of you.

Your mild and gentle eyes proclaim
The loving heart with which you came
A tender, helpless, tiny babe,
With boundless gifts of grace

And though You are the King of all
They sent You to the manger stall
Where at Your feet they all shall fall
To praise my child, the King

My love, my treasured one are you,
My sweet and lovely son are you,
You are my love, my darling you,
Unworthy I of you.
Track Name: Hosanna Mwy
Am oesau hir, yn llesg a gwan,
Hiraethai’r saint am Grist, eu rhan;
Pa bryd y daw? Pa bryd y daw
Ȃ’i gadarn law i’n dwyn i’r lan?

Drwy gaddug tew y dywell nos
Y Doethion aent dros fryn a rhos,
A’r seren wen, a’r seren wen
A aeth uwchben Effrata dlos.

Mewn llety llwyd, mewn preseb tlawd,
Y dwyfol Fab ddaeth inni’n Frawd;
I gadw dyn, i gadw dyn
Daeth Duw ei hun i fyw mewn cnawd.

Cwyd, cwyd dy ben, bechadur gwael,
Mae gwaredigaeth heddiw i’w chael;
Fe anwyd Crist, fe anwyd Crist
I’r enaid trist yn Geidwad hael.

Wel dyma’r dydd, dewch fawr a mȃn,
Rhowch glod i Dduw mewn newydd gȃn;
Hosanna mwy! Hosanna mwy!
Daeth bywyd drwy yr Iesu glȃn.

Translation

For a long time, frail and weak,
The saint longed for their Christ;
When will he come? When will he come
With his steady hand to bring us to the shore?

Through the thick mist and the dark night
The Wise Men went over hill and moor,
And the white star, and the white star
Travelled above fair Ephrata.

In a grey inn, in poor manger,
The divine Son came to us our brother;
To save mankind, to save mankind,
God himself came to live as flesh.

Raise, raise your head, you wretched sinner,
Deliverance is to be found today;
Christ was born, Christ was born
As a merciful saviour for the sad soul.

Well this is the day, come big and small,
Praise God in a new song;
Sing Hosanna louder! Sing Hosanna louder!
Life came through the pure Jesus.
Track Name: Stannington
Sing all ye people of the Earth today,
For Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day,
Ring out ye joyous bells of heaven ring.
For Christ is born.

Born in a stable bare, of humble birth,
Born of a virgin pure to dwell on Earth,
Let all mankind rejoice on this great day.
For Christ is born

He came to us that wars on Earth may cease,
He came to bring us hope and joy and peace,
Worship all nations at his feet today,
For Christ is born

Glory to God on high, we all will sing,
Glory and praise we render to our King,
Peace on Earth, good will to all this day.
For Christ is born
Track Name: Coventry Carol
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By, by, lully, lullay
Thou little tiny Child
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.

That woe is me, poor Child for Thee
And ever morn and day.
For thy parting neither say nor sing
By, by, lully, lullay.

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By, by, lully, lullay
Thou little tiny Child
By, by, lully, lullay.

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