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Celtic Christmas, Vol. 3
     

Celtic Christmas, Vol. 3

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From the opening track's mournful oboe, cor anglais and uillean pipes it's obvious this will be an excursion into a Celtic evening. But what starts out engaging enough, with David Arkenstone's artful blending of synthesizer and pennywhistle to the vocals of Triona Ni Dhmohnaill and Lisa Lunne's Celtic harp, soon turns dark. The

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From the opening track's mournful oboe, cor anglais and uillean pipes it's obvious this will be an excursion into a Celtic evening. But what starts out engaging enough, with David Arkenstone's artful blending of synthesizer and pennywhistle to the vocals of Triona Ni Dhmohnaill and Lisa Lunne's Celtic harp, soon turns dark. The tunes conjure images of the season, mournful ones for the most part, such as James McNally's "Black is the Colour" and Patrick Cassidy's concluding "Lament," though Paddy Glackin and Micheal O Domhnaill's "The South Wind" and Brian Dunning and Jeff Johnson's "A Raven in the Snow" lighten it somewhat. Still, no matter how well it's played or how soulful it is, it's pretty depressing for Christmas music.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/1997
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0019341123323
catalogNumber:
11233
Rank:
1749

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maighread Ní Dhomnaill   Vocals,Track Performer
David Arkenstone   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Track Performer
Nightnoise   Track Performer
Steve Reid   Percussion
Jeff Johnson   Keyboards,Track Performer
Sid Page   Violin
Patrick Cassidy   Track Performer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Vocals,Human Whistle,Track Performer
Robert Becker   Viola
Mark Chatfield   Viola Da Gamba
Jon Clarke   Penny Whistle
Steve Cooney   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill   Guitar,Track Performer
Brian Dunning   Flute,Accordion,Penny Whistle,Track Performer
Tim Ellis   Guitar
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Paddy Glackin   Fiddle,Track Performer
Peter Kent   Violin
Randy Kerber   Piano
Don Markese   Penny Whistle
James McNally   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Human Whistle,Track Performer
Adele O'Dwyer   Cello
Dean Parks   Guitar
Nancy Roth   Violin
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Guitar,Track Performer
Roger Hadley   Cymbals
David Agnew   Oboe,Track Performer,Cor anglais
David Downes   Piano,Keyboards,Human Whistle,Track Performer,uillean pipes
Ken Rice   Violin
Seamus Begley   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Janet Chvatal   Voices
Susan Craig Winsberg   Flute
Gregg Williams   Percussion,Drums
Lisa Lynne   Track Performer,celtic harp
Jim McGraff   Bodhran
Aontas   Choir, Chorus
Mary Barton   Violin
John-Michael Caprio   Conductor
Stanley Cox   Organ
Michael Eagan   Archlute
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello

Technical Credits

Maighread Ní Dhomnaill   Arranger
Nightnoise   Arranger
Jeff Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Michael Aarvold   Engineer
Steve Cooney   Engineer,Contributor
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill   Producer,Engineer
Paddy Glackin   Arranger
David Hewitt   Engineer
James McNally   Arranger,Programming
Steve Vining   Contributor
Philip Begley   Engineer
David Agnew   Director
David Downes   Arranger
Candace Upman   Art Direction
Oisin Lunny   drum programming
Susan Craig Winsberg   Contributor
Steve Brown   Engineer
Orchestra of Saint Patrick's Cathedral   Contributor
John-Michael Caprio   Director
Gil Morales   Engineer
Caoimhin O Cinneide   Composer

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Celtic Christmas, Vol. 3 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This remains one of my favorite compilation albums of any genre, despite the fact that it isn’t very Christmas-sy in tone or content, and really doesn’t seem all that Celtic either. Actually, I would consider this more of a Wintery album, with primarily New-Agey, neo-Celtic selections that are gently minor, reflecting the stark beauty of a cold snowy day or, in contrast, the warmth of home and hearth. It is that combination of moods that is most compelling here. Some of the tracks are sweet and soothing, others moody, but all are beautiful and all are moving. Particularly intriguing are the compositions by whistle player James McNally (“Black is the Color”), flute and keyboard duo Brian Dunning and Jeff Johnson (“A Raven in the Snow”), harpist Lisa Lynne (“Circle of Joy” & “Home”), guitarist Snuffy Walden (“Sails of Galway”) and multi-instrumentalist David Arkenstone (“Angels in the Snow”). Don’t buy “Celtic Christmas 3” if you’re looking for yet another batch of tired interpretations of stock Christmas Carols. There are plenty of those out there already. But DO buy it if you like mellow, high-quality compositions that will sooth your soul and transport you to a place of peace, grace, and more than a touch of mystery--rather like the beautiful, haunting ruins of Tintern Abbey that seem to grace the album cover. Sounds like a perfect Christmas present to me! If you enjoy the tone set by “Celtic Christmas 3”, you may also like another interesting Windham Hill compilation CD, “The Renaissance Album”.