Having more than one Christmas album to your credit is usually a strong indicator of longevity. Golden Bough
are certainly approaching elder-statesman status, having recorded and toured extensively since 1980. Theirs is a precision- and melody-driven style, guided by Margie Butler
's angelic voice and the bell-like timbre of her Celtic harp. Christmas in a Celtic Land
features the enduring trio of Butler, Paul Espinoza
and Florie Brown
performing a wide thematic variety of songs, like the humorous "Mrs. Fogarty's Christmas Cake," and several exceptional Golden Bough originals like "Bring us a Bowl," "Christmas Morning" and "Praise Midwinter." Their proficient and uplifting performance coupled with a unique choice of material yield a thoroughly festive album.