Celtic Christmas, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Ross Boissoneau
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ross Boissoneau
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/1997
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • UPC: 019341123323
  • Catalog Number: 11233
  • Sales rank: 324,378

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wexford Carol (3:40)
  2. 2 Angels in the Snow (3:49)
  3. 3 Lully, Lullay (3:37)
  4. 4 Circle of Joy (4:43)
  5. 5 Sails of Galway (4:42)
  6. 6 The South Wind - Paddy Glackin (3:31)
  7. 7 A Raven in the Snow (4:04)
  8. 8 The Snows (3:32)
  9. 9 Home (4:46)
  10. 10 Black Is the Color (5:48)
  11. 11 Coinnle an Linoh Iosa (3:07)
  12. 12 Lament (5:37)
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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
Martin Russell Digital Editing
Steve Vining Contributor
Philip Begley Engineer
David Agnew Director
David Downes Arranger
Candace Upman Art Direction
Hank Waring Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like opening a package full of fascinating little gifts!

    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”.

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