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Celtic Christmas

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B005IY39VK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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"PUTUMAYO PRESENTS: CELTIC CHRISTMAS"
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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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'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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A variety of wonderful vocal and instrumental, and instrumental-only Celtic-Influenced Christmas music. Some tunes have a traditional feel, while other songs have a fresh new take to them. This album is a great introduction to Irish music! (I love the Putomayo sampler recordings, EXCEPT that for a CD I really expect 14-15 tracks, not 11 as this one has, so that's why I can't give it 5-Stars.)
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I am familiar with the recording label, but knew they put out a variety of cultural CDs,
so I was not sure if I would like their Celtic version, since I can be selective when it
comes to Celtic music. This CD was great!, it really captured the essence of the old
worldness and holiday feel of this great culture.
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No holiday or more specifically Christmas party is complete without Putumayo's Christmas music collections. Celtic Christmas is a great addition to the series. It is full of traditional as well as updated songs that resonate good will toward all.
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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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