The Very Best of Celtic Christmas

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Culled from Windham Hill's five best-selling Celtic Christmas collections, this 19-track Best Of features atmospheric yuletide classics and originals from some of contemporary Celtic music's most celebrated performers. Highlights include Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill and Donal Lunny's lush "Third Carol for a Christmas Day," Altan's "Soillse Na Nollag The Lights of Christmas" and former Silly Wizard fiddler Johnny Cunningham's "King Holly, King Oak." These are reverently performed and arranged tunes that despite their occasional nose-dive into new age, factory-preset keyboard-land, manage to provide the audio equivalent of a ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Culled from Windham Hill's five best-selling Celtic Christmas collections, this 19-track Best Of features atmospheric yuletide classics and originals from some of contemporary Celtic music's most celebrated performers. Highlights include Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill and Donal Lunny's lush "Third Carol for a Christmas Day," Altan's "Soillse Na Nollag The Lights of Christmas" and former Silly Wizard fiddler Johnny Cunningham's "King Holly, King Oak." These are reverently performed and arranged tunes that despite their occasional nose-dive into new age, factory-preset keyboard-land, manage to provide the audio equivalent of a well-tended fireplace.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766422627
  • Catalog Number: 64226

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wexford Carol (3:41)
  2. 2 Cornphíopa Ciorcalach - Seamus Brett (3:57)
  3. 3 On a Cold Winter's Day/Christmas Eve (4:08)
  4. 4 Third Carol for Christmas Day (4:00)
  5. 5 Circle of Joy (4:46)
  6. 6 Sìor-Uaine (Evergreen) - Phil Cunningham (4:16)
  7. 7 Lully Lullay (3:39)
  8. 8 Galician Carol - Carlos Núñez (3:08)
  9. 9 King Holly, King Oak (4:15)
  10. 10 A Raven in the Snow - Brian Dunning (4:08)
  11. 11 Soillse Na Nollag (The Lights of Christmas) - Altan (4:40)
  12. 12 I'll Rock You to Rest - James Galway (3:54)
  13. 13 Sails of Galway (4:46)
  14. 14 On a Winter's Day (3:47)
  15. 15 Ga Gréine (Dart of Light) - John Fitzpatrick (3:27)
  16. 16 The Dove's Return - Aine Minogue (3:00)
  17. 17 Angels in the Snow (3:51)
  18. 18 An Droichead (The Bridge) (3:37)
  19. 19 Flow Gently Sweet Afton (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Burke Fiddle
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki, Guitar, Keyboards, Bodhran
Maighread Ní Dhomnaill Vocals
David Arkenstone Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Steve Reid Percussion
James Galway Flute
Sid Page Violin
Seán Keane Fiddle
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill Piano, Harmonium, Vocals
William Coulter Steel Guitar
Daíthí Sproule Guitar
Benjamin Verdery Classical Guitar
Robert Becker Viola
Máire Breatnach Violin, Vocals, Human Whistle
Liam Bradley Percussion
Karan Casey Vocals
Mark Chatfield Viola Da Gamba
Jon Clarke Penny Whistle
Steve Cooney Guitar
Johnny Cunningham Fiddle
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Guitar, Keyboards
Brian Dunning Flute, Accordion, Penny Whistle
Tim Ellis Guitar
Michael Fisher Percussion
Peter Kent Violin
Randy Kerber Piano
Mark Knopfler Electric Guitar
Manus Lunny Acoustic Guitar
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes
Don Markese Penny Whistle
Arty McGlynn Guitar
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Vocals
Adele O'Dwyer Cello
Liam O'Flynn uillean pipes
Dean Parks Guitar
Ciarán Tourish Fiddle, Human Whistle
Aine Minogue Harp, Vocals, Irish Harp
Rod McVey Keyboards
Nancy Roth Violin
W.G. Snuffy Walden Guitar
Roger Hadley Cymbals
Enrique Iglesias Violin
David Agnew Oboe, Cor anglais
David Downes Piano, Keyboards, Human Whistle, uillean pipes, Choir Director
Ken Rice Violin
Seamus Brett Keyboards
Pancho Alvarez Bouzouki
Laurence Beaufils Harp
Diego Bouzon spanish guitar
Pablo Cano Harpsichord
Janet Chvatal Voices
Pablo Muzquiz Double Bass
Marcos Vazquez Tambourine, Timpani, Bodhran
Gregg Williams Percussion, Drums
Niall Vallely Concertina
Lisa Lynne celtic harp
Jim McGraff Bodhran
Aontas Choir, Chorus
Mary Barton Violin
Michael Eagan Archlute
John Fitzpatrick Fiddle, Guitar, Keyboards, Viola, Low Whistle
The Dermot Byrne Blues Combo Accordion
Robbie Overson Guitar
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Technical Credits
Altan Arranger, Producer
Kevin Burke Arranger, Producer
Dónal Lunny Arranger, Producer
Maighread Ní Dhomnaill Arranger
David Arkenstone Composer
Nightnoise Arranger
Jeff Johnson Composer
William Coulter Arranger
Benjamin Verdery Arranger
Michael Aarvold Engineer
Máire Breatnach Composer, Producer
Brian Capouch Engineer
Karan Casey Composer, Producer
Steve Cooney Composer
Johnny Cunningham Composer
Ciarán Curran Contributor
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Brian Dunning Composer
Dan Fitzgerald Engineer
Paddy Moloney Producer
Brian Masterson Producer, Engineer
Arty McGlynn Composer
Liam O'Flynn Composer
Bennett Salvay String Arrangements
Bob Stark Engineer
Aine Minogue Composer
Philip Begley Engineer
Tom Kochan Arranger
W.G. Snuffy Walden Composer, Producer
Phil Cunningham Composer
David Downes Arranger
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Chris Bellman Mastering
Seamus Brett Producer, Engineer
Ciaran Byrne Engineer
Alastair McMillan Engineer
Niall Vallely Producer
Lisa Lynne Composer
Mary Barton Composer
John Fitzpatrick Composer
Paul Verna Engineer
Traditional Composer
Brian P. Meyers Composer
Gil Morales Engineer
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