Comfort and Joy: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
As he did with 2001's Christmas Celtic Sojourn, WGBH radio host Brian O'Donovan begins its sequel with the beautiful, almost otherworldly voice of Maddy Prior. Her medieval-tinged reading of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" gets Comfort and Joy: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn off to an appropriately reverent yet decidedly unique start. Celtic Christmas collections can be as contrived or clich?d as their populist Yuletide brethren, but O'Donovan wisely focuses on performance rather than generalized holiday bliss, making Comfort as much a compilation of talented Celtic performers as it is a Christmas music collection. Waterson:Carthy's "Shepherds Arise" is a perfect example. It's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
As he did with 2001's Christmas Celtic Sojourn, WGBH radio host Brian O'Donovan begins its sequel with the beautiful, almost otherworldly voice of Maddy Prior. Her medieval-tinged reading of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" gets Comfort and Joy: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn off to an appropriately reverent yet decidedly unique start. Celtic Christmas collections can be as contrived or clichéd as their populist Yuletide brethren, but O'Donovan wisely focuses on performance rather than generalized holiday bliss, making Comfort as much a compilation of talented Celtic performers as it is a Christmas music collection. Waterson:Carthy's "Shepherds Arise" is a perfect example. It's seven-plus minutes of Martin Carthy and family soaring through traditional British folk, with their robust, interwoven vocal harmonies and the rousing call of a solitary fiddle leading the way. Try to find that on a budget-bin Santa sampler. Elsewhere, instrumentals from Áine Minogue and Druidstone each feature pristine harp work. Prior returns with her Carnival Band in Comfort and Joy's second half for the jaunty "My Dancing Day" which makes splendid use of the word "betwixt", while Cherish the Ladies contribute the lush medley "O Holy Night/Cill Chais." The album closes gently with Robbie O'Connell's "Twelfth Day Carol." By wrapping its Christmas tidings in scarlet and shimmering green, Comfort and Joy becomes a gift not only to holiday listeners, but to fans of folk and Celtic music everywhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661705524
  • Catalog Number: 617055
  • Sales rank: 330,562

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Carnival Band (4:34)
  2. 2 The Distressed Soldier/Angels We Have Heard on High (6:57)
  3. 3 The Wexford Carol (3:44)
  4. 4 Shepherds Arise - Waterson:Carthy (7:08)
  5. 5 Babe of Bethlehem (3:45)
  6. 6 Horn Dance - Aine Minogue (1:47)
  7. 7 Three Kings (2:48)
  8. 8 The Little Drummer Boy (3:55)
  9. 9 Noelenn Brehed - Group Vocal Jef Le Penven (2:08)
  10. 10 Ding Dong Merrily on High - Dordán (2:31)
  11. 11 The Boar's Head - Carnival Band (3:10)
  12. 12 Christmas Capers (3:48)
  13. 13 My Dancing Day - Carnival Band (2:40)
  14. 14 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (4:18)
  15. 15 O Holy Night/Cill Chais (6:25)
  16. 16 Pa Voe Ganet (When He Was Born) (3:50)
  17. 17 The Twelfth Day Carol (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Carthy Guitar, Vocals
Maddy Prior Vocals
Mary Bergin Flute, Human Whistle
Billy Novick Clarinet
Tim Archibald Bass
Bill Badley Guitar, Lute, Vocals, Baroque Guitar
Tony Barrand Vocals
Fred Breunig Fiddle, Vocals
Mary Coogan Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
Johnny Cunningham Percussion
Keith George Fiddle
Kathy Halvorson Oboe
Jub Bass
Giles Lewin Fiddle, Violin, Vocals, Shawm
Donna Long Piano
Kathleen Loughnane Harp
Joanie Madden Flute, Alto Flute, Human Whistle, Button Accordion, Vocal Harmony
Sheldon Mirowitz Guitar
Raf Mizraki Cello, Drums, Vocals
Chris Newman Guitar
Robbie O'Connell Guitar, Vocals
Christy O'Leary Vocals
Dearbhaill Standun Fiddle, Viola
Andy Watts Clarinet, Bassoon, Vocals, Shawm
Aine Minogue Percussion, Harp, Irish Harp
Eliza Carthy Fiddle, Piano, Vocals, Octave Fiddle
Andrew Davis Accordion, Vocals, Double Bass
Norma Waterson Vocals
Byron Duckwall Cello
Charles Fullbrook Basel Trommel
Roxanne O'Connell Vocals
Martina Goggin Guitar
Marie Reilly Fiddle, Concertina, Viola
John Roberts Concertina, Vocals
Rushad Eggleston Cello
Tim van Eyken Vocals, Melodeon
Gillian Vallely Pipe, Human Whistle
Heidi Talbot Vocals, Bodhran
Brian O'Donovan Vocals
Ensemble Choral DuBout Du Monde Vocals
Brian P. Meyers Bodhran
Gerry Leeke Percussion
George Keith Fiddle
Matthew Sean Glazer Fiddle
Group Vocal Jef Le Penven Vocals
Dan Isaacson Bouzouki, Flute
Mary Casey Vocals
Ned Casey Vocals
Technical Credits
Martin Carthy Arranger
Cherish the Ladies Arranger
Cathal McConnell Arranger
Mary Bergin Arranger
Harry Simeone Composer
Aly Bain Arranger
Nowell Sing We Clear Arranger, Adaptation
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Steve Cooney Arranger
Katherine Davis Composer
Kathleen Loughnane Arranger
Robbie O'Connell Arranger, Composer
Christy O'Leary Arranger
Henry Onorati Composer
Dearbhaill Standun Arranger
Andy Watts Arranger, Composer
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Aine Minogue Arranger, Composer
Eliza Carthy Arranger
Norma Waterson Arranger
Dave Richardson Arranger
Jef Le Penven Arranger
Martina Goggin Arranger
Traditional Composer
Christian Desbordes Director
René Abjean Arranger
Tim van Eyken Arranger
Brian O'Donovan Liner Notes
Gerry Leeke Contributor
Shaleen Tethal Licensing
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