Celtic Christmas: A Windham Hill Sampler

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/1995
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • UPC: 019341117827
  • Catalog Number: 11178
  • Sales rank: 139,248

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
Chris Bellman Mastering
Ciaran Byrne Engineer
Bob Duskis Executive Producer
Alastair McMillan Engineer
Archibald Lampman Composer
John Hazen Engineer
Traditional Composer
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