A Pennyworth of Christmas – A Yuletide classic that gets better each year. In this concert we broaden our usual Renaissance and Elizabethan repertoire to explore a quilt of carols and winter holiday songs. We make sure to include some ancient and lessor known carols with interesting histories, some cherished favorites from the 18th & 19th centuries, some Appalachian and folk tunes, plus English translations of carols from other countries, and modern favorites that can be given a Renaissance twist. We also look for songs that we feel would especially (and unexpectedly) benefit from a lute accompaniment. Sometimes we incorporate surprise moments of poetry, from Christmas trees on subway trains to Dylan Thomas’ whirling wordscapes of Welsh boyhood. These songs and lyrics give us hope. They inspire us in our darkest moments. They make us think about what’s important in life. Audience members frequently comment that they were surprised by how personally meaningful the concert was for them. That’s the highest compliment we could wish for.