Celtic Christmas: A Windham Hill Sampler

Celtic Christmas: A Windham Hill Sampler

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As one might expect, any Windham Hill collection of Christmas music expresses the peaceful, mellower side of the season. These are the same kind of instrumentals that play overhead creating pleasant background music as shoppers bustle to finish holiday gift buying. And while anything labeled "background music" may be seen as musical Milquetoast, it is nearly

Overview

As one might expect, any Windham Hill collection of Christmas music expresses the peaceful, mellower side of the season. These are the same kind of instrumentals that play overhead creating pleasant background music as shoppers bustle to finish holiday gift buying. And while anything labeled "background music" may be seen as musical Milquetoast, it is nearly impossible to sip eggnog and talk to Uncle Dave and Aunt Suzie over a backdrop of Alvin & the Chipmunks. Selections by Luka Bloom, Solus, Loreena McKennitt, and others blend a number of Celtic new age styles into a seamless mix that flows easily from Phil Cunningham and Manus Lunny's "When the Snow Melts" to Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning's "We Follow a Star." Instrumentally and vocally, Celtic Christmas delivers a sound as hushed as the winter landscape on its cover, relying on stripped-down arrangements of harps, whistles, fiddles, and keyboards in a variety of combinations. Cormac Breatnach's instrumental "Nollaig Na Mban" (it translates into "Women's Christmas, 6th January") is adorned with a whistle, acoustic guitar, cello, keyboards, and tenor sax. And while that may sound like a large ensemble, the careful interplay between musicians still allow for quiet, open spaces. For those who value Yuletide conversations with kinfolk or perhaps just wish for soothing music in the busiest of seasons, Celtic Christmas is a snow covered island of tranquility.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/1995
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0019341117827
catalogNumber:
11178
Rank:
201262

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Altan   Track Performer
Kevin Burke   Fiddle,Track Performer
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Keyboards,Track Performer,Bodhran
Maighread Ní Dhomnaill   Vocals,Track Performer
Nightnoise   Piano,Track Performer
Luka Bloom   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jeff Johnson   Fiddle,Track Performer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer,Bodhran
Daíthí Sproule   Guitar
Richie Buckley   Tenor Saxophone
Dermot Byrne   Accordion
Rick Crittenden   Bass
Johnny Cunningham   Fiddle,Track Performer
Brian Dunning   Bass Flute,Track Performer
Mark Kelly   Guitar
Manus Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Paddy Moloney   uillean pipes
Loreena McKennitt   Harp,Vocals,Human Whistle,Track Performer
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Vocals
Liam O'Flynn   Pipe,Track Performer,uillean pipes
Lynn Skinner   Vocals
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle,Human Whistle
Aine Minogue   Harp
Cormac Breatnach   Track Performer,Low Whistle
Matthew Manning   Oboe,Cor anglais
Brian Willis   Drums
Phil Cunningham   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Human Whistle,Track Performer
Roger Hadley   Percussion
Carlos Núñez   Recorder,Track Performer,Gaita
Enrique Iglesias   Violin
Derri Daugherty   Guitar
Anthony Drennan   Acoustic Guitar
Pancho Alvarez   Bouzouki
Diego Bouzon   spanish guitar
Pablo Cano   Harpsichord
Pablo Muzquiz   Double Bass
Marcos Vazquez   Tambourine,Timpani,Bodhran

Technical Credits

Altan   Arranger,Producer
Kevin Burke   Arranger,Producer
Dónal Lunny   Arranger,Producer
Luka Bloom   Composer
Shaun Davey   Composer,Producer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Composer
Brian Capouch   Engineer
Johnny Cunningham   Composer
Ciarán Curran   Contributor
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill   Arranger,Contributor
Brian Dunning   Composer
Manus Lunny   Composer
Paddy Moloney   Producer
Loreena McKennitt   Composer
Billy Oskay   Engineer
Bob Stark   Engineer
Cormac Breatnach   Composer
Alan Connaughton   Engineer
Phil Cunningham   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ciaran Byrne   Engineer
Bob Duskis   Executive Producer
Alastair McMillan   Engineer
Archibald Lampman   Composer
John Hazen   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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