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An Irish Christmas

Maire Brennan, Moya BrennanAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sparrow
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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1. Carol Of The Bells
2. The Wexford Carol
3. Deck The Halls
4. Do You Hear/Don Oiche Ud I Mbeithil
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
6. Gabriel's Message
7. Joy To The World
8. What Child Is This?
9. In The Bleak Midwinter
10. Angels We Have Heard On High
11. In Dulci Jubilo
12. Oiche Chuin (Silent Night)

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Blending moods of reverence and quiet good cheer, Moya Brennan's first seasonal recording is a dignified, easy-to-like assortment of familiar standards and a few lesser-known carols, all well suited to her crystalline voice and the recording's prevailing themes of innocence and humble joy. Celtic influences and instruments at times serve more as adornments than centerpieces (e.g., "Deck the Halls" exudes a sort of Fleetwood Mac vibe), yet the disc's most distinctive tracks tap more deeply into Brennan's Irish roots, particularly the ethereal textures and vocal tenderness exhibited on "The Wexford Carol" (a carol Brennan traces to 12th-century Ireland). Beyond the tympani-powered opening track, "Carol of the Bells," the 47-minute disc embraces the season's softer, gentler moods, concluding with a lovely, unhurried version of "Oíche Chúin" ("Silent Night"). Here, Brennan--the principal voice of Clannad and the elder sibling of Enya--breathes the lyrics as much as she sings them (it's one of just two tracks sung in her native tongue), then closes by adding the voices of her own children. Pleasant listening. --Terry Wood

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You should get this album September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"An Irish Christmas" is Moya's 6th album and was released last year in the UK. This CD is a beautiful listening experience for Christmas in Moya's signature sound. Many will know Moya as the first lady of Celtic music, the voice of Clannad and older sister to Enya. "An Irish Christmas" is a collection of Christmas carols celebrating Moya's beliefs in the Nativity. The good thing about this CD is that there are two songs added that where not included on the UK release but the bad thing is Moya's two original songs from the UK release where not included on this CD. My favorite song from this CD is "Carol Of The Bells" which is perfect for Moya's haunting vocal style. Her song "Oiche Chin" Galic for "Silent Night" is sure to be a hit as her two children sing with her on it. This CD brought a touch of Ireland to my home last year with the UK release and I am sure will this year with this release.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the most popular gift I gave for Christmas February 6, 2007
By J. Ash
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was in Barnes and Noble when they were playing this and I was enchanted and bought a copy. One of my friends heard it and was likewise enchanted. By the time I was finished sharing it I had handed out 14 copies to friends, many of whom cited this as their favorite Christmas album this year! Absolutely lovely voice and unique, so that it's not just another version of the same songs sung by a different artist. You can tell that she is moved by what she sings and also that some of these songs are definitely being sung with the heart of a mother singing to her children and wanting them to feel warmth and magic of the Christmas season.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Chrismas Music January 26, 2006
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"An Irish Christmas" is Moya's sixth album. It is a beautiful Christmas experience presented in Moya's signature sound. Many know Moya as the voice of Clannad and the older sister of Enya. She has been called the first lady of Celtic music. "An Irish Christmas" has a collection of Christmas carols that celebrate Moya's beliefs in the Nativity. "I Still Believe" and "Love Came Down" are the two original songs on the album which Moya helped to write. "Oiche Chin" which is Gaelic for "Silent Night" is sure to be a hit as Moya's two children, Aisling & Paul, join her in this song. My favorite song on the album is Moya's version of "Carol Of The Bells". This song is perfect for Moya's haunting vocal style. It brought a touch of Ireland to my home for Christmas 2005. It is a great album and I highly recommend it to everyone. Moya has six solo albums at this time which I highly recommend to you as well. "Two Horizon's" is my personal favorite. She is also the lead singer for the Celtic group Clannad which is where Enya got her start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My order came in late, January, to be exact--but I'm still listening to Moya's Christmas CD and loving it. Moya's voice is one of the most incredible I've ever heard. If I were to be asked for a suggestion for future CD's, I'd like to hear more in Gaelic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Christmas music by a wonderful Irish singer September 8, 2009
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Singer-harpist Moya, also known as Maire, first came to prominence via Clannad, a group originally formed by four of her relatives. She later established a successful solo career, mainly as a Christian music singer. Although she is less well known than her younger sister Enya, who is famous for Orinoco flow, this mellow Christmas offering confirms that Moya is a fine singer in her own right.

Moya contributed two excellent original songs here, but mainly contented herself with singing traditional songs. Not just any traditional songs, though, because Moya avoided most of the obvious choices. Silent night is included, but Moya chose to sing it in Gaelic. Among the other songs here, the most frequently recorded is probably Joy to the world. The two originals are I still believe (a song about missing somebody at Christmas) and Love came down at Christmas (a song about the birth of Jesus).

I was pleased to find great songs such as In the bleak midwinter, Carol of the bells, The Wexford carol, Deck the halls and In dulce jubilo all included. You'll find them all on other Christmas albums, but perhaps not as often as you might expect. God rest ye merry gentlemen, another Christmas classic, is easier to find but is by no means over-recorded.

If you are looking for a mellow Christmas album that avoids most of the really obvious songs while offering a reasonable degree of familiarity, this is definitely one to consider.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Ireland's Consummate Solo Outing. November 26, 2008
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No offense, but to heck with Enya. Big sis Moya has, and always has had, the better voice and the more down-to-earth image. I have been a fan of Clannad for 20 years now, and can safely say that this is the only one of Moya's solo projects that I absolutely love. This is coming from somebody who prefers their late 70s to late 80s work. That means fans of little sis, might just enjoy this collection of Yuletide tunes.

Moya's trademark vocals are here, but they are often quite dreamy sounding. Gentle, yet joyous, and with just enough Irish instrumentation not to turn off adult contemporary snobs (believe me, there is such a thing where I live), it is a very nice collection of holiday tunes for a small gathering or family. Her vocals are gorgeous as usual, and her treatment is especially lovely on "Deck the Halls," "In the Bleak Midwinter," and "In Dulci Jubilo." The only thing I have a slight problem with is her rendition of "Carol of the Bells," which I find to be a watered down version of Manheim Steamroller's. Still, this is a lovely collection I cannot imagine anyone finding fault with unless they refuse to budge from the more hardcore celtic sound Clannad have been known for. You need this cd for your Christmas celebration if you like your holiday music on the cheerful, mellow side with a little something extra. It's also great music in the car while you're doing your yuletide shopping.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Truly superb cd by Moya. Well worth it!
Published 29 days ago by Catherine Derevitzky
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful. Not as good quality as Clannad, but still beautiful.
Published 3 months ago by C. Little
3.0 out of 5 stars Enya's is better
It's nice enough but doesn't have the specialness of her sister Enya's Christmas CD. They're all kind of slow moving, typical songs.
Published 10 months ago by TREX
5.0 out of 5 stars An Irish Christmas by Moya Brennan
I love Moya Brennan's voice and her singing style; greatly enjoy Celtic music and style. I purchased this CD early (Aug) to begin thinking about Christmas and the Christmas... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jet
3.0 out of 5 stars Well performed, but somewhat trite
All of the standard Christmas fare is there, but I've heard Maire in better voice, and the arrangements are slightly lacking.

I like it, but it's not a classic. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Richard Romano
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Christmas = Moya Brennan
Wonderful, Wonderful - I love it - I'm listening to it even now BEFORE Christmas season - it's ethreal and heavenly.
Published on September 6, 2012 by Auntie Boof
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Christmas albums
This is one of my favorite Christmas albums. The songs are hauntingly beautiful. Many traditional songs are given a different, subtle interpretations which is what I love about it. Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by SD3213
5.0 out of 5 stars Deck The Halls with This Beautiful Album to Accompany You.
I won't play my review down one bit: this is among my top 5 favorite Christmas albums of all time, and for valid reason. Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by Carlisle Wheeling
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Christmas Music
Beautiful CD. I received it for myself last year and when I needed a couple of gifts this year, I knew just what I wanted to give. Read more
Published on January 16, 2011 by Ellen M. Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars Luck of the Irish
I bought this CD as a Christmas present for my wife who is Irish...she loves do I and I'm not Irish.
Published on January 12, 2011 by J. Jankowski
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