A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh

A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh


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A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh

From Fiona Ritchie, the producer of NPR's great Celtic music program, comes this tribute to the midwinter festival held in every village hall in the Gaelic world, the Christmas ceilidh. Traditionally a combination barn dance and talent contest, this ceilidh gathers artistry from Perthshire to Donegal to Kips Bay in New York City, spreading good cheer and the warmth of hearts filled with music and whiskey cake (recipe included!) The party starts off with Altan's "The Snowy Path," then Andy Stewart warms up the audience with his hijinks on "At It Again". But the affair really goes into full swing with the fabulous Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll and The Cup of Tea. (We can only guess what's actually in that tea.) Capercaillie contribute their signature, velvety harmonies on "Puirt A Beul," Scot Phil Cunningham turns in an electrifying "Ceilidh Funk," and the regions of Brittany and Galicia are well represented by Touchstone and Milladoiro, respectively. High energy ensemble work from Cherish the Ladies and Lúnasa, a sentimental ballad from Niamh Parsons, and a bittersweet waltz from Manus McGuire lead up to the Tannahill Weavers's "Auld Lang Syne" to close the year with a hug. Then we're sent off into the frozen night by Kips Bay's own The Moving Cloud, with a musical fire that makes up for any physical lack of central heating. Now that's a whiskey cake for the ears!

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2000
Label: Green Linnet
UPC: 0048248120821
catalogNumber: 481208
Rank: 150952

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Altan   Track Performer
Capercaillie   Track Performer
Liz Carroll   Track Performer
Cherish the Ladies   Track Performer
Patrick Street   Track Performer
Andy M. Stewart   Track Performer
Tannahill Weavers   Track Performer
Touchstone   Track Performer
Milladoiro   Track Performer
House Band   Track Performer
Niamh Parsons   Track Performer
John Renbourn   Track Performer
Kips Bay Ceili Band   Track Performer
Wolfstone   Track Performer
Manus Lunny   Track Performer
Phil Cunningham   Track Performer
Manus McGuire   Track Performer
Lúnasa   Track Performer
Loose Connections   Track Performer

Technical Credits

William Sandys   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Robert Burns   Composer

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