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  • Audio CD (October 15, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00006LHYX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bells Over Belfast
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Christmas Caroling
4. Silent Night
5. Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake
6. Angels We Have Heard on High
7. The Christmas Traveller
8. Away in a Manger
9. The Holly Bears the Crown
10. Christmas in Killarney
11. What Child Is This?
12. We Three Kings
13. Good King Wenceslas
14. All Through the Night
15. Down Among the Bushes of Jerusalem
16. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
17. It's Christmas Time Again
18. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Love, love, love this great mixture of traditional and non-traditional Christmas carols.
2burmese
As an aficionado of all Christmas music, I was delighted to find that the Rovers had put out a great album like this.
Gary L. Stanley
Love all the songs except,"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"! "Mrs. Fogherty's Christmas Cake" was fun.
CAM

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2002
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This has quickly become one of my family's favorite Christmas albums because it is lively, upbeat, and melodious. The Rovers have a great beat and rollicking voices and they do a terrific job with both the fun songs and the traditional carols. I particularly like Bells Over Belfast for its hopeful message in the current depressing situation with the Peace Agreement but it is also nice to hear upbeat renditions of God Rest Ye Merry, Away In A Manger, We Three Kings, and Silent Night along with less-often-heard All Through The Night, The Christmas Traveller, and What Child Is This. And last, but not least, is Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake, which is a cute addition to the Christmas repertoire. All in all, this CD will leave you feeling good and full of Christmas spirit.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 27, 2002
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These men obviously had great fun recording this album - there are plenty of upbeat songs including Christmas in Killarney, Miss Fogarty's Christmas cake, Good King Wenceslas and Grandma got run over by a reindeer - but they also show that they are well capable of singing carols with the appropriate respect.
I particularly like Bells over Belfast, a song that one of them wrote themselves, showing that Christmas is a time of peace in that troubled city. Perhaps one day they will be able to sing Happy Xmas (war is over) and mean it, but that could be some years away so it's not included here.
The holly bears the crown is actually the traditional classic The holly and the ivy with a different tune but (I think) the same lyrics, and it works very well.
My favorite song here, however, is Miss Fogarty's Christmas cake, It sure sounds tasty !!!!
There are many other wonderful songs, some obscure, some famous, all with that distinctive Irish flavor.
This is a great, generally upbeat Christmas album which will work as background music, regardless of whatever else is happening, but if you give it dedicated attention, it has plenty to keep you interested.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on January 6, 2007
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I love Christmas albums and this is one of my favorite albums. Songs included:

1. Bells Over Belfast - one one the best songs on the album. You'll find yourself humming it to yourself during the day.

2. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen

2. Christmas Caroling

4. Silent Night

5. Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake - another one of my favorite songs on this album. Very funny song.

6. Angles We have Heard on High

7. The Christmas Traveller

8. Away in a Manger

9. The Holly Bears The Crown

10. Christmas in Killarnay - yet another one of my favorite songs

11. What Child is This?

12. We Three Kings

13. Good King Wencestas

14. All Through the Night

15. Down Among the Bushes of Jerusalem

16. Grandms Got Run Over by a Reindeer

17. It's Christmas Time Again

18. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Whether it is "Christmas in Killarney," where Santa is "one of the boys," or the remotest corner of the world, anyone who is Irish or loves Irish traditions will celebrate the Christmas season with delight if they have this CD. The Rovers pay homage to the traditional songs of the season--"Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," and "Angels We Have Heard on High"--bringing a "new" sounds to these old favorites by using traditional Irish folk instruments--guitars, pennywhistle, Uilleann pipes, flute, accordion, and even the saw. Their beat is insistent, almost inspiring hand-clapping, and even the serious songs are sung with a spirit that shows how the "good news" informs the lives of the people of the countryside.

It is in their off-beat and original songs that they Rovers really hit their stride, however. "Bells Over Belfast," written by Rover George Millar (with Jimmy Ferguson) in 1963, begins with a traditional carillon, then immediately takes a rollicking turn with accordian and drums as the song takes wing and the toe-tapping starts. "Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake" shows us the Fogarty family home during the holidays, as Miss Fogarty presents her cake, filled with "plums, prunes, cherries," but the cake has a crust that seems nailed on with glue, and those who eat it soon wish they hadn't. In "The Christmas Traveler" a young boy tells good tidings of great joy, singing "Ha-la-la-lay, Halleluia," a joyous "folky" song about the birth of Jesus, told colloquially.

The most interesting song, to me, is "Down Among the Bushes of Jerusalem," a song of revolution in which Jesus is depicted as a "rebel through and through," hiding in the bushes to escape the soldiers of the king who track him because prophets have foretold the overthrow the royal family by a boy.
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By 2burmese on January 11, 2011
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Love, love, love this great mixture of traditional and non-traditional Christmas carols. Typically I tend to like very traditional, "high church" Christmas carols, but I am finding myself listening to The Irish Rovers An Irish Christmas again and again.

I have The Irish Rovers Songs From a Shamrock Shore and very much enjoy their music and voices, so I shouldn't be surprised that I really love their take on Christmas.

The Rovers have deftly mixed very traditional carols like: Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Away in a Manger with very non-traditional carols such as: Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer and Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake.

Included is also a lovely rendition of the Welsh classic, All Through The Night. I purchased this CD specifically because it included this carol.

This is a very fun, uplifting collection. It just makes me want to get up and dance a jig!
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