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A Scottish Christmas

Bonnie Rideout , Maggie Sansone , Al Petteway Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway
  • Audio CD (August 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Maggie's Music
  • ASIN: B000003JMH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel/God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman
2. Here We Come A-Wassailing/Bottom Of The Punch Bowl
3. Christmas Duanag/Hark The Bonny Christ Church Bells
4. What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
5. Rock Thee O' Child/Christ Child's Lullaby
6. Christmas Carousing/Ale Is Dear/New Christmas
7. Da' Day Dawis/Christmas Day I' Da Moornin'
8. Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
9. Baloo, Lammy
10. Gloomy Winter
11. The Huntsman's Bag of Grain/Goosegirl's Song/New Year's Day
12. New Year's Day/On Christmas Night
13. Yeoman's Carol/Sound Of Sleat
14. Rorate (Nativity)
15. All Sons Of Adam
16. Auld Lang Syne

Editorial Reviews


"Ancient and of the best selling CDs of the season and so compelling no matter what the listener's ancestry." -- CBS-TV-

"Another splendid seasonal gift from Maggie's Music that specializes in modern,Celtic-rooted music...hauntingly ritualistic and achingly beautiful." -- The Washington Post

Tempos are leisurely, the better to let the melodies ring; the tone is pristine." -- New York Times

Product Description

Fiddle virtuoso Bonnie Rideout celebratesChristmas with this enthusiastic holiday performance that she takes on the road each year, playing at performing arts centers and large theaters nationwide in November and December. Rideout performs along with the Scottish Christmas Ensemble - a group of internationally renowned musicians including the City of Washington Pipe Band and dancers from the Scottish Highlands! Rideout and crew perform with spirit and gusto.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome surprise this was November 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A friend in Fairbanks, Alaska, who runs a gift store, first told me about this CD. I was mighty skeptical, I can tell you. Wailing bagpipes, and haggis-filled happiness was what I was expecting. Instead, this is a very tasteful, musically magnificent holiday album bound to please many, many folks--those who play the pipes to those who run from the room at the sight of a tartan. Each medly piece eases gently from tune to tune. The stand-alone songs like Greensleeves and Adeste Fidelis are fantastic from end-to-end. I played this CD for a friend of mine who is a highly discerning piper, and she tried to make the CD disappear into HER collection. For one piper to apprecite the music of another to that level is a compliment, indeed.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and beautiful December 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you can imagine the haunting tones of bagpipes playing "Oh, Come Emmanuel," this is for you. Maggie Sansone, dulcimer artist and music producer extraordinare, Eric Rigler, the Braveheart piper, and award winning Bonnie Rideout combined to create a Christmas collection both familiar and new. All of these pieces are strikingly beautiful. If you love holiday music, but don't want to hear the same things again and again in the same old tired arrangements, get this one. Better yet, get one for home and one for your car (or office). You'll play it throughout the season.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very nice seasonal world music December 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I particularly love the hammered dulcimer and on the songs where it is prominent on this CD, it is a pleasure to hear such mastery of that difficult instrument. It is especially complimented by the bagpipes that accent throughout several where they work wonderfully well together and offer their ancient, celtic flavor to the traditional Scottish songs of Christmas. The "Yeoman's Carol/Sound of Sleat" is rich with the musical harmonics of those two instruments together.
The Scottish tunes on this CD are very engaging. "Hark the Bonny Christ Church Bells", "Da a Day Dawis", "New Year's Day/On Christmas Night", "Rorate" in particular, really bring forth the feeling of Scotland. However, I did not much care for the styling on those more familiar songs, (to North American ears) such as "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", or "Greensleeves", and "O Come all ye Faithful". Personal taste aside, the blending of fiddle, hammered dulcimer, guitar and bagpipes offer a refreshing and interesting taste of scottish music and nicely showcase the talents of the main three award winning artists and their backup players. Plan a party, find a bottle of fine scotch and invite some friends full of mischief and a desire for fun to spend some time laughing and dancing to this high spirited musical rendition of Christmas cheer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly Celtic Christmas December 18, 2005
By Treigh
Format:Audio CD
Many albums claim to be "Celtic Christmas," but few actually deliver the goods. This one does. It is a collection of traditional Scottish carols, wassail tunes, strathspeys and reels. Nothing synthesized here. No morphing into New Age. Exceptional muscianship, interesting arrangements, authentic sounds fill the album. If you love Scottish and Celtic music, you will love this album. If you hate bagpipes, this is not for you. The hammered dulcimer is beautiful, with an almost music box sound. You get just over 60 minutes of music, definitely your money's worth. I highly recommend this album. Just be aware that it is not for everyone. Listen to some of the clips before purchasing. I am thrilled to have this album in my collection. Many others will feel the same way, but you have to appreciate this style of music to truly appreciate the album. Think of Christmas comes to "Lord of the Rings."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing Sounds For The Soul December 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I recently had the chance to see Bonnie Rideout in concert when they came to Fairbanks AK. Having just moved there recently and not knowing many people, I went to this concert as a way to feel at home. I have grown up on this music and this concert was no diappointment. The musicianship of these performers is unquestionable. They are highly talented, extremely friendly, and undeniably one of the best live shows I have see. The perfection in which the music is played is so wonderful it sounds almost as same as the albulm. I will be following this lady's career, because she is such a joy to see and hear.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spirited December 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
poignant, elegant renditions of classics.
These songs are elevated to soothing, melancholic tunes that evoke memories and a real sense of the holidays.
Very entertaining and sustaining.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pike Performing Arts Center, Sunday, December 9, 2001 December 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
My entire family saw the Scottish Christmas concert in Indianapolis on 12/9/01. What a fabulous group of musicians! Their on-stage chemistry is obvious from the moment they first walk on stage, one by one. The "Scottish Christmas" CD is fabulous, each and every song. Whether soloing or playing with the entire group, each musician displays his/her fine musical talent. I highly recommend this CD. It really puts you in the holiday spirit!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Christmas Spirit June 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you want to hear some beautiful Chrismas music with a Celtic flair and you cannot see the corresponding concert live, then this album is for you. "What Child Is This" will bring tears to your eyes, it's so beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scottish Christmas
One of my MOST favorite Christmas albums… and easy to listen to for the entire holiday season! Bonnie Rideout is an amazing fiddler… Al Petteway a wonderful guitarist - the two... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer M
5.0 out of 5 stars She loved it.
Great gift for my Scottish friend. Great Gift. As pictured and described. Very, Very pleased with item. Thank you! Love would recommend to friends for sure!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars traditional
I love bagpipes, ancient music, Christmas, so this was just what I was hoping for, lost my first copy, so glad I could replace it now.
Published 18 months ago by miri
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent, but pallid
Looking at the list of pieces and considering the reputations of the artists, I expected this disc would offer a variety of moods, but emphasize gladness and even the sprightly... Read more
Published 21 months ago by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic wonder
This is a wonderfully satisfying CD. It runs the gamut from contemplative, subdued sets to jolly, lively ones. Yes, there are bagpipes, but it is not overdone. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wimbilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Christmas
It's a pleasant Christmas CD. It's a nice break from the same Christmas songs you hear every year. It's different & very nice. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Blind Woodcrafter
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
To make a collection like this, it would have been easy to just render a bunch of well-known Christmas songs with harps and pipes. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Bought this recently and have already listened to it a multitude of times. Wonderful and varied - I'm not of Scottish ancestry but LOVE this CD. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by Bronte fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast For The Ears
This music takes me to another place and time, is uplifting and inspiring . Well worth the money , and the kind of music I can have on all day . Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Jennifer Geddie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Scottish Christmas
This is actually the second time I've bought this CD - my daughter took my original copy that I've had for at least five years. Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by Just a Person
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