Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Narada Records has a long history of brilliant world music compilations and Christmas samplers, and this enjoyable, joyous yet often poignant gathering of Celtic music's brightest stars adds another beautiful ornament to that evergreen tree. The key to any successful musical smorgasbord is variety, and this celebration of the holidays in Ireland offers that in abundance. Cathie Ryan's folksy "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" opens the disc whimsically, while Kathy Mattea's rich, soulful voice imparts the "Christ Child's Lullabye" with a convincing refrain of "Hallelujah!" and simple, hypnotic guitar accompaniment. Each tune features a different lead instrument or vocal: ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Narada Records has a long history of brilliant world music compilations and Christmas samplers, and this enjoyable, joyous yet often poignant gathering of Celtic music's brightest stars adds another beautiful ornament to that evergreen tree. The key to any successful musical smorgasbord is variety, and this celebration of the holidays in Ireland offers that in abundance. Cathie Ryan's folksy "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" opens the disc whimsically, while Kathy Mattea's rich, soulful voice imparts the "Christ Child's Lullabye" with a convincing refrain of "Hallelujah!" and simple, hypnotic guitar accompaniment. Each tune features a different lead instrument or vocal: flute "Christmastime in Ashland", a soft, classical-flavored choir "Nowel", acoustic guitar and pennywhistle the festive "The Mummer's Jig/Christmas Eve", and yet more pennywhistle and small Irish-accented choir "I Saw Three Ships". It's not all happy clappy, however. The festive mood is beautifully balanced by sad reflections like Natalie MacMaster's "Get Me Through December," which may remind you that the holidays aren't a joyous affair for those who are suffering. Listeners who find themselves in a funk may just snap out of it after hearing this thoughtful gathering.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724381323625
  • Catalog Number: 13236

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Cathie Ryan (3:22)
  2. 2 Christ Child's Lullabye - Kathy Mattea (4:27)
  3. 3 Christmastime in Ashland - Martin Dunlea (3:38)
  4. 4 Nowel: Owt of Your Slepe Aryse - Anonymous 4 (4:49)
  5. 5 The Mummer's Jig/Christmas Eve - The Boys of the Lough (5:33)
  6. 6 Get Me Through December - Natalie MacMaster (6:31)
  7. 7 I Saw Three Ships - Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band (3:47)
  8. 8 Silent Night - Mairi MacInnes & William Jackson (3:19)
  9. 9 The Snowy Path - Altan (2:12)
  10. 10 Away in a Manger - El McMeen (3:32)
  11. 11 Nouel - L'Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde (3:13)
  12. 12 Ding Dong Merrily on High - The Carl Hession Orchestra (2:35)
  13. 13 Ceol Nanolag - John Whelan (2:55)
  14. 14 Seacht Suailci Na Maighdine Muire - Aoife Ní Fhearraigh (4:41)
  15. 15 Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful) - Bonnie Rideout (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Enniscorthy Christmas Carol - Dordán (2:42)
  2. 2 Leanbh Ghil Mhilis - Dordán (3:45)
  3. 3 Christmas Eve Reel (Tommy Coen's Reel) - Dordán (4:12)
  4. 4 Mistletoe Waltz - Dordán (2:25)
  5. 5 Draíocht na hOíche (The Magic of the Night) - Dordán (3:31)
  6. 6 Winter Solstice - Dordán (3:34)
  7. 7 Oíche Nollag (Christmas Eve) - Dordán (2:12)
  8. 8 March of the Dreoilín - Dordán (3:39)
  9. 9 Oíche Chiúin (Silent Night) - Dordán (4:06)
  10. 10 Fáilte An Fhánaí (The Wayfarer's Welcome) - Dordán (4:12)
  11. 11 Don Oíche Úd Í Mbeithil (Because of a Night in Bethlehem) - Dordán (2:55)
  12. 12 Polly in the Holly - Dordán (3:27)
  13. 13 The Gartan Mother's Lullaby - Dordán (4:35)
  14. 14 Ding Dong Merrily on High - Dordán (2:31)
  15. 15 Shades of Auld Lang Syne - Dordán (2:23)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Dougie MacLean Arranger, Adaptation
Kathy Mattea Arranger, Adaptation
Cathal McConnell Arranger
Mary Bergin Arranger
Aly Bain Arranger
Franz Gruber Composer
Steve Cooney Arranger
Dan Harjung Mastering
Kathleen Loughnane Arranger
Bonnie Rideout Arranger
Dearbhaill Standun Arranger
Andy Watts Arranger
Cathie Ryan Arranger
Denis Woods Arranger
Earle Hitchner Liner Notes, Executive Producer
William Jackson & Scottish Orchestra of Music Arranger
Aoife Ní Fhearraigh Arranger
Richard Storrs Willis Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears Composer
William Sandys Composer
Martina Goggin Arranger
Collette O'Leary Arranger
Traditional Composer
James R. Murray Composer
Moya Brennan Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2010

    AMAZING!!!

    great variety and even the "non-tradtional" xmas songs still convey a wealth of holiday feeling. every single song is a masterpiece and i encountered artists on this cd i had not previously heard--and now listen to extensively. any fan of celtic music should buy this cd!

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