A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh

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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
From Fiona Ritchie, the producer of NPR's great Celtic music program, comes this tribute to the midwinter festival held in every village hall in the Gaelic world, the Christmas ceilidh. Traditionally a combination barn dance and talent contest, this ceilidh gathers artistry from Perthshire to Donegal to Kips Bay in New York City, spreading good cheer and the warmth of hearts filled with music and whiskey cake recipe included! The party starts off with Altan's "The Snowy Path," then Andy Stewart warms up the audience with his hijinks on "At It Again". But the affair really goes into full swing with the fabulous Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll and The Cup of Tea. We can ...
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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
From Fiona Ritchie, the producer of NPR's great Celtic music program, comes this tribute to the midwinter festival held in every village hall in the Gaelic world, the Christmas ceilidh. Traditionally a combination barn dance and talent contest, this ceilidh gathers artistry from Perthshire to Donegal to Kips Bay in New York City, spreading good cheer and the warmth of hearts filled with music and whiskey cake recipe included! The party starts off with Altan's "The Snowy Path," then Andy Stewart warms up the audience with his hijinks on "At It Again". But the affair really goes into full swing with the fabulous Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll and The Cup of Tea. We can only guess what's actually in that tea. Capercaillie contribute their signature, velvety harmonies on "Puirt A Beul," Scot Phil Cunningham turns in an electrifying "Ceilidh Funk," and the regions of Brittany and Galicia are well represented by Touchstone and Milladoiro, respectively. High energy ensemble work from Cherish the Ladies and Lúnasa, a sentimental ballad from Niamh Parsons, and a bittersweet waltz from Manus McGuire lead up to the Tannahill Weavers's "Auld Lang Syne" to close the year with a hug. Then we're sent off into the frozen night by Kips Bay's own The Moving Cloud, with a musical fire that makes up for any physical lack of central heating. Now that's a whiskey cake for the ears!
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The relationship between the Green Linnet label and the popular National Public Radio Thistle & Shamrock program is a strong and longstanding one, and it's made explicit on this tie-in compilation project, for which Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie chose a program of tunes like those that might be heard during a winter ceilidh in her home village. (A ceilidh is essentially a dance party.) It's a delightful collection of tunes, though the Christmas connection is a bit hard to see -- apart from John Renbourn's beautiful fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "I Saw Three Ships," the Tannahill Weavers' rendition of "Auld Lang Syne," and one or two references to snow and chilliness in a few tune titles, there's not much here that seems to have any seasonal relevance, so if you' re expecting Celtic-style renditions of Christmas carols, look elsewhere. But if you just want great music for dancing and carousing with friends, you couldn't find a better album than this one. Highlights include a rousing reel set from fiddler Liz Carroll, Patrick Street's slightly funky take on "Jenny Picking Cockles," and singer Niamh Parsons' heartbreakingly beautiful a capella rendition of Ron Kavana's "Reconciliation." Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Green Linnet
  • UPC: 048248120821
  • Catalog Number: 481208
  • Sales rank: 138,509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Snowy Path - Altan (2:12)
  2. 2 At It Again - Manus Lunny (3:40)
  3. 3 Happy One-Step/Green Willis - The House Band (2:46)
  4. 4 Sevens/Michael Kennedy's/The Cup of Tea - Liz Carroll (4:23)
  5. 5 Puirt a Beul/Snug in a Blanket - Capercaillie (6:08)
  6. 6 I Saw Three Ships - John Renbourn (1:50)
  7. 7 Garçon Á Marier/Orgies Nocturnes/Dans Fisel - Touchstone (4:15)
  8. 8 Maneo Da Ulla/Foliada de Padrenda - Milladoiro (3:29)
  9. 9 Ceilidh Funk - Phil Cunningham (3:08)
  10. 10 Jenny Picking Cockles/An Gabhrán/Jack Keane's Reel - Patrick Street (3:37)
  11. 11 The Cat Rambles to the Child's Saucepan/Maire O'Keefe/Harry Bradshaw - Cherish the Ladies (3:20)
  12. 12 Reconciliation - Loose Connections (4:19)
  13. 13 Ballavanich - Wolfstone (4:41)
  14. 14 Goodbye Miss Goodavich/Rosie's Reel - Lúnasa (2:35)
  15. 15 Genevieve's Waltz - Manus McGuire (2:51)
  16. 16 Auld Lang Syne - The Tannahill Weavers (3:18)
  17. 17 The Moving Cloud - Kips Bay Ceili Band (6:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Altan Track Performer
Capercaillie Track Performer
Liz Carroll Track Performer
Cherish the Ladies Track Performer
Patrick Street Track Performer
Andy M. Stewart Track Performer
The Tannahill Weavers Track Performer
Touchstone Track Performer
Milladoiro Track Performer
The House Band Track Performer
Niamh Parsons Track Performer
John Renbourn Track Performer
Kips Bay Ceili Band Track Performer
Wolfstone Track Performer
Manus Lunny Track Performer
Phil Cunningham Track Performer
Manus McGuire Track Performer
Lúnasa Track Performer
Loose Connections Track Performer
Technical Credits
William Sandys Composer
Traditional Composer
Robert Burns Composer
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