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listen  1. Here We Come A-WassailingThe Albion Christmas Band 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. O Come, O Come EmmanuelCharles T. Cozens 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Little Drummer GirlThe Gothard Sisters 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Noel NouveletDruidstone 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Angels We Have Heard On HighDavid Huntsinger 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Good King WenceslasCharles T. Cozens 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Nollaig Bhán (White Christmas)Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Joy To The WorldSteve Schuch & The Night Heron Consort 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Manx Jezebel CarolÁine Minogue 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. God Rest Ye Merry GentlemenDavid Arkenstone 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Auld Lang SyneDougie MacLean 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B005IY39VK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Celtic Christmas is an enchanting collection of Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada and United States. Celtic Christmas offers Celtic interpretations of Christmas classics along with an original recording. The collection begins with the joyful singing of The Albion Christmas Band on Here We Come A-Wassalling, and moves into Charles T. Cozen s instrumental version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel. The Gothard Sisters update the classic Little Drummer Girl with fiddle and guitar, while DruidStones rendition of the French carol Noel Nouvelet features harp and harmonious vocals. David Huntsinger adds an original Celtic twist on the classic Angels We Have Heard On High while Charles T. Cozens returns with a flute-driven take on Good King Wenceslas. Next comes Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola s original Gaelic recording of Nollaig Bhan, (White Christmas). Steve Schuch & The Night Heron reinterpret the seasonal classic Joy To The World with playful sounds from the mandolin, while Áine Minogue incorporates the harp and mandolin on Jezebel Carol. David Arkenstone s God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen features flute and strings, and Dougie MacLean closes out the collection with a soulful Scottish rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

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Out come the fiddles, harps, accordions and penny whistles for Celtic Christmas, as singers and groups like Aine Minogue, David Arkenstone and DruidStone arrange Celtic and American holiday songs and a French one, Noel Nouvelet for (mostly) traditional instruments. There's even a White Christmas in Gaelic. It s a cozy, folksy collection, mingling instrumental and vocal tracks. And it reclaims a wistful side in Dougie MacLean's version of Auld Lang Syne. --Jon Pareles, The New York Times, December 22, 2011

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 12, 2011
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Celtic music fans do love their holiday songs, and this collection offers several gems. I'm particularly fond of the translations (into Gaelic) of holiday standards, such as Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola's sleepy, relaxed "Nollaig Bhan," a deliciously understated version of "White Christmas" that was actually commissioned by Putumayo for inclusion in this album. One wonders: is that the first time Putumayo has done this? Nice move! I also enjoyed Steve Schuch's instrumental version of "Joy To The World," played on fiddle and mandolin and David Huntsinger's "Angels We Have Heard On High" (played as an Irish reel) which has a similar vibe. Ever nostalgia-bound, Douglie MacLean closes the album with a lovely rendition of "Auld Lang Syne": fitting to have a Scottish singer top things off with this Robbie Burns chestnut. There's also plenty of Celtic harp on here, which is to be expected -- all in all, a nice addition to the growing treasury of Celtic holiday music. A cheerful, sweet set, well worth checking out. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carraher on November 30, 2011
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'Nollaig Shona Duit' (Happy Christmas) is the traditional Celtic greeting at Christmas time and this CD celebrates the season with wonderfully folksy Irish and Scottish voices and Celtic instrumental arrangements on traditional carols. In doing so, it makes for a welcome change of the usual "mall music' too often heard this time of year.

Music may just be one of the first signs that Christmas is approaching, and one of the oldest. Wherever people gather, there is bound to be music, whether played by great orchestra's, or good friends and neighbors. A fiddle, a mandolin, a lone piper, guitar, flute or just a few friends harmonizing around the hearth. It is a season when we can all join in and sings songs that warm our hearts and share in the true spirit of the season.

That is the beauty to be found in this collection. It opens with "Here We Come A-Wassailing" by The Albion Christmas Band, with Kellie While, Simon Care, Ashley Hutchings & Simon Nichol present this favorite in a simple arrangement that embraces that spirit; acoustic guitar and bass guitar, melodeon, keyboards, drum, morris dancing and tambourine with sweet, folksy voices. Next up is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" in an instrumental version by Charles T. Cozens the noted Canadian conductor/arranger. Here he `orchestrates' this classic on traditional Celtic instruments to beautiful effect.

The Gothard Sisters update the classic "Little Drummer Girl" . The Irish Step dancers and classically trained violinists from the Pacific Northwest render this carol in a traditional style, with fiddle and guitar, that will have you lifting a cup of hot cider.

The DruidStones contribute the French carol "Noel Nouvelet".
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I find the mixture of music on this label Putumayo absolutely remarkable and can highly recommend this CD. Give it a try you won't have any regrets.
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This CD is mostly instrumental with only a few vocals. The celtic instrumentation gave the familiar carols a new sound. Very enjoyable. My favorite was White Christmas sang in the Gaelic language.
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A lovely assortment of Irish Christmas songs. Very interesting and talented artists. I misplaced the CD and missed it so much I purchased the download.
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