Boston singer-songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman first performed together at Cambridge's Club Passim in December 2008 and found audiences so responsive that they decided to meld into a supergroup - thus Winterbloom was born.
The following year the foursome wrote, arranged and recorded a holiday EP titled "Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged" while developing a live show tailored for the hibernal season. Both the album and the show include new arrangements of traditional holiday songs alongside original material - written specifically for the project - that plays on elements of the performers' different backgrounds: German, American, Jewish, Unitarian, Christian, Catholic, secular, Northeastern, Midwestern, urban and rural.'
"Winter used to be a time when work stopped and people came together - it was so dark and so cold," says Zukerman. "And while we do have all these traditions it's become so commercialized. So we've tried to re-envision these traditions. We think that now more than ever people want to come together to celebrate."'
Winterbloom's Northeast tour last holiday season proved a hit with critics ("Smart, witty, provocative and fun," "Casts a warm glow," "Going to replace Bing Crosby") so the collective is back again this year and will be arriving at the Iron Horse in Northampton for a show Sunday night at 7. $12.50 advance; $15 at the door. 586-8686, iheg.com