Bring a Torch

by Betsy Tinney

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This cello tapestry is an instrumental version of a very old French carol dating from as early as the 14th century. The music itself was not originally composed as Christmas music, but as a lively court dance tune (which seems to have reemerged in my version, though I didn't know that when I created it). The traditional carol first appeared (with both words and music) as "Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella" in a French book of carols published in 1553.

The bodhran on this recording is my own, played by yours truly; and of course that whole cello tapestry is me too (and my old wooden cello Godiva). This piece was recorded in my home studio using my lovely new Bluebird studio mic (made possible through the support of my subscribers).

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released December 22, 2016
Cello: Betsy Tinney
Bodhran: Betsy Tinney
Recorded at Wild Pine Studios, December 2016

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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

Betsy Tinney, recipient of the Pegasus Award for Best Performer, is a Northwest cellist known both for her graceful musicality and her broad versatility. She has performed and recorded with many different groups, from solo acoustic performers to large rock bands; she also performs solo, using a combination of acoustic cello and electronic looper that creates an interwoven tapestry of sound. ... more

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