Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas

Performers Various Artists

Narada | June 1, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Adapters: Dougie MacLean; Kathy Mattea.
Liner Note Author: Earle Hitchner.
Arrangers: Andy Watts; Denis Woods; Martina Goggin; Dougie MacLean; Collette O'Leary; Dearbhaill Standun; William Jackson & Scottish Orchestra of Music; Kathleen Loughnane; Kathy Mattea; M ire Brennan; Mary Bergin; Aly Bain; Aoife N¡ Fhearraigh; Steve Cooney; Bonnie Rideout; Cathal McConnell; Cathie Ryan.
Narada Records has a long history of brilliant world music compilations and Christmas samplers, and this enjoyable, joyous yet often poignant gathering of Celtic music's brightest stars adds another beautiful ornament to that evergreen tree. The key to any successful musical smorgasbord is variety, and this celebration of the holidays in Ireland offers that in abundance. Cathie Ryan's folksy "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" opens the disc whimsically, while Kathy Mattea's rich, soulful voice imparts the "Christ Child's Lullabye" with a convincing refrain of "Hallelujah!" and simple, hypnotic guitar accompaniment. Each tune features a different lead instrument or vocal: flute ("Christmastime in Ashland"), a soft, classical-flavored choir ("Nowel"), acoustic guitar and pennywhistle (the festive "The Mummer's Jig/Christmas Eve"), and yet more pennywhistle and small Irish-accented choir ("I Saw Three Ships"). It's not all happy clappy, however. The festive mood is beautifully balanced by sad reflections like Natalie MacMaster's "Get Me Through December," which may remind you that the holidays aren't a joyous affair for those who are suffering. Listeners who find themselves in a funk may just snap out of it after hearing this thoughtful gathering. ~ Jonathan Widran

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 1, 2010

Genre: Celtic

Style: International

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Narada

UPC: 724381323625

Found in: Celtic

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Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas

Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 1, 2010

Genre: Celtic

Style: International

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Narada

UPC: 724381323625


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Cathie Ryan (previously unreleased) --
2.Christ Child's Lullabye - Kathy Mattea --
3.Christmastime in Ashland - Cormac Breatnach/Martin Dunlea --
4.Nowel: Owt of Your Slepe Aryse - Anonymous 4 --
5.The Mummer's Jig/Christmas Eve: The Mummer's Jig / Christmas Eve - The Boys of the Lough --
6.Get Me Through December - Natalie MacMaster --
7.I Saw Three Ships - Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band --
8.Silent Night - Mairi MacInnes --
9.Snowy Path, The - Altan --
10.Away in a Manger - El McMeen --
11.Nouel - L'Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde --
12.Ding Dong Merrily on High - Frankie Gavin/The Carl Hession Orchestra --
13.Ceol NaNolag - John Whelan --
14.Seacht Su ilc¡ na Maighdine Muire - Aoife N¡ Fhearraigh --
15.Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful) - Bonnie Rideout --
0.DISC 2: DORDAN: THE NIGHT BEFORE A CELTIC CHRISTMAS: --
1.Enniscorthy Christmas Carol - Dord n --
2.Leanbh Ghil Mhilis - Dord n :: Bright Sweet Child - Dord n --
3.Christmas Eve Reel (Tommy Coen's Reel) - Dord n (Tommy Coen's Reel) --
4.Mistletoe Waltz - Dord n --
5.Dra¡ocht Na Ho¡che (The Magic of the Night) - Dord n :: The Magic Of The Night - Dord n --
6.Winter Solstice - Dord n --
7.Oiche Nollag (Christmas Eve) - Dord n :: Christmas Reel - Dord n --
8.March of the Dreoil¡n - Dord n --
9.O¡che Chi£in (Silent Night) - Dord n :: Silent Night - Dord n --
10.F ilte An Fh na¡ (The Wayfarer's Welcome) - Dord n :: The Wayfarer's Welcome - Dord n --
11.Don O¡che Ud ¡ mBeithil (Because of a Night in Bethlehem) - Dord n :: Because Of A Night In Bethlehe --
12.Polly in the Holly - Dord n --
13.Gartan Mother's Lullaby, The - Dord n --
14.Ding Dong Merrily on High - Dord n --
15.Shades of Auld Lang Syne - Dord n --

Editorial Notes

Adapters: Dougie MacLean; Kathy Mattea.
Liner Note Author: Earle Hitchner.
Arrangers: Andy Watts; Denis Woods; Martina Goggin; Dougie MacLean; Collette O'Leary; Dearbhaill Standun; William Jackson & Scottish Orchestra of Music; Kathleen Loughnane; Kathy Mattea; M ire Brennan; Mary Bergin; Aly Bain; Aoife N¡ Fhearraigh; Steve Cooney; Bonnie Rideout; Cathal McConnell; Cathie Ryan.
Narada Records has a long history of brilliant world music compilations and Christmas samplers, and this enjoyable, joyous yet often poignant gathering of Celtic music's brightest stars adds another beautiful ornament to that evergreen tree. The key to any successful musical smorgasbord is variety, and this celebration of the holidays in Ireland offers that in abundance. Cathie Ryan's folksy "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" opens the disc whimsically, while Kathy Mattea's rich, soulful voice imparts the "Christ Child's Lullabye" with a convincing refrain of "Hallelujah!" and simple, hypnotic guitar accompaniment. Each tune features a different lead instrument or vocal: flute ("Christmastime in Ashland"), a soft, classical-flavored choir ("Nowel"), acoustic guitar and pennywhistle (the festive "The Mummer's Jig/Christmas Eve"), and yet more pennywhistle and small Irish-accented choir ("I Saw Three Ships"). It's not all happy clappy, however. The festive mood is beautifully balanced by sad reflections like Natalie MacMaster's "Get Me Through December," which may remind you that the holidays aren't a joyous affair for those who are suffering. Listeners who find themselves in a funk may just snap out of it after hearing this thoughtful gathering. ~ Jonathan Widran
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