by Bruce Cockburn


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A generous 15 tracks breathing new life into well-worn standards like "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by focusing on their potential as good songs rather than distancing them on some solemn pedestal. When Cockburn sandwiches these between such non-conventional contributions as the gospel-bluegrass of "Early On One Christmas Morn," the Spanish "Riu Riu Riu," the French/world beat of "Les anges dans nos campagnes," the Huron Indian "Jesus Ahatonnia," and the ancient, spooky "Down In Yon Forest," the disc takes on a complex flavor that can be savored any time of the year.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: True North
UPC: 0620638008324
catalogNumber: 83
Rank: 81630

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Harmony,Wind Chimes
Hugh Marsh   Violin,Violectra
Candi Sosa   Background Vocals
Richard Bell   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Eliseo Borrero   Background Vocals
T Bone Burnett   Voices,Humming
Gary Craig   Percussion,Drums
John Dymond   Bass
Dick Heckstall-Smith   Percussion
Colin Linden   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Colina Phillips   Background Vocals
Sam Phillips   Background Vocals
Sharon Williams   Background Vocals
Vivian Williams   Background Vocals
Sam Phillips   Background Vocals
Jenny Cockburn   Background Vocals
Alberto Mirabal   Background Vocals
Dick Smith   Percussion
Sharon Lee Williams   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Arranger,Producer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Joe Schiff   Engineer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Lowell Mason   Composer
Sam Phillips   Arranger
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Sara Rotman   Art Direction
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
Phillips Brooks   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John W. Work   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer
E. H. Sears   Composer

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Christmas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not simply "yet another XMAS album so some known musician can make a few extra bucks." Bruce always puts some unique energy into his work. This one won't feel like it simply could have been done by 50 other artists.
Cyndy3 More than 1 year ago
Different in a good way. Very moving tracks mixed with fun like "Mary had a baby." A favorite in our family.