The new album “We Follow the Star” is the latest from keyboardist/composer Richard Dillon. This is a holiday album featuring singer Corinne Seganos. I really enjoyed reviewing this album as it gave a different take on the Holiday album with keyboards, synths, orchestra, and Corinne’s beautiful ethereal vocals. Richard Dillon has had a full and impressive career that includes singing background vocals for the Carpenters and playing in USO shows during college.
The album begins with “Wexford Carol” that has a certain haunting, celtic feel to it. It starts with a building drone and then starts with Corinne singing this beautiful hymn. I love the instrumental response after she sings the verses. The instruments and vocals are balanced very well and the song tells of the Christmas birth story.
The next track is “A Winter’s Night” with haunting choir vocals and synth drone. I also hear some ambient wind noises that bring visions of walking a dark road at night in the snow. “Huron Carol” begins with simple harp, percussion, and a beautiful flute solo. I love this simple arrangement of this classic carol!
The title track “We Follow the Star” is next and a slow but energetic piece that begins with solo harp and fiddle that plays the main theme. It then develops into ambient strings that bring a beautiful harmony to this piece.
“Coventry Carol” is one of my favorite holiday carols. It’s beautifully orchestrated and Corinne does a beautiful job interpreting this classic song. The arrangement is simple but keeps the listener engaged! “Silent Night” is an all time favorite song of mine and I love the different approach Richard takes with the instrumentation. He goes with ambient keyboards and synths in the introduction and chooses a soothing style for this piece.
“I Saw Three Ships” is another favorite of mine. The drone that is throughout the piece sounds like a harmonium and it is beautifully placed with the energetic fiddle. The album ends with “In The Bleak Midwinter” that includes a solemn fiddle and strings with Corinne’s beautiful vocals. It’s a well balanced piece to end the album.
I highly enjoyed this Christmas album and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves holiday music and wants a beautiful change from holiday music that can all be too similar sounding. Highly recommend!