On the cusp of winter solstice
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Tunes for a Monday Morning

From ''The Wilful Thing'' by Gill Smith

Above: "Only Ghosts" by Pine the Pilcrow (Kevin Murray, Hannah Ryan, Shay Sweeney, Robert Campbell), from Dublin, Ireland. The song appears on their new EP of the same name. The video was filmed by Donal Moloney.

Below: "Dahlia" by Pine the Pilcrow, also from their new EP. The video was filmed by Freida Freyta.

Above: "The Curse" by Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel (based in Berlin), accompanied by Anna Müller and Mika Posen on cello and viola. The song appeared on her second album, Aventine (2013).

Below: Obel's rendition of "Katie Cruel," an American folk song of Scottish origin. The recording comes from her first album, Philharmonics (2010).

Above: a cover of Destiny Child's "Say My Name" performed by Icelandic pianist/composer Ólafur Arnalds at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow -- accompanied by Arnór Dan and Douglas Dare (vocals), Björk Óskarsdóttir (violin), and Hallgrímur Jensson (cello).

Below: a cover of Joni Mitchell's "River," performed by fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan. The song appeared on Mitchell's Blue in 1971, and on McLachlan's Wintersong in 2006.

Illustration by Gill Smith

The art today is by Gill Smith, a wonderful artist from Liverpool, currently working on her Masters in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. The two pieces here are from her forthcoming book The Wilful Thing, inspired by the life and work of Brontë.