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Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: Celtic Christmas [Digipak]

Track List

>Here We Come a-Wassailing - The Albion Christmas Band
>O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Charles T. Cozens
>Little Drummer Girl - The Gothard Sisters
>Noel Nouvelet - Druidstone
>Angels We Have Heard on High - David Huntsinger
>Good King Wenceslas - Charles T. Cozens
>Nollaig Bhán [White Christmas] - Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola
>Joy to the World - Steve Schuch/The Night Heron Consort
>Manx Jezebel Carol - Aine Minogue
>Gos Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - David Arkenstone
>Auld Lang Syne - Dougie MacLean

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

"Out come the fiddles, harps, accordions and penny whistles for “Celtic Christmas,” as singers and groups like Aine Minogue, David Arkenstone and DruidStone arrange Celtic and American holiday songs — and a French one, “Noel Nouvelet” — for (mostly) traditional instruments. There’s even a “White Christmas” in Gaelic. It’s a cozy, folksy collection, mingling instrumental and vocal tracks. And it reclaims a wistful side in Dougie MacLean’s version of “Auld Lang Syne.”" -The New York Times

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Jacob Edgar.

This bright Putumayo holiday collection features contemporary artists interpreting Christmas classics from a Celtic perspective, which makes for a refreshing seasonal playlist. Highlights include Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola's dreamy and relaxed "Nollaig Bhan," a wonderful version of "White Christmas" redone in Gaelic, the Gothard Sisters' recast of "Little Drummer Girl" featuring plenty of fiddle, David Huntsinger's "Angels We Have Heard on High" played as an Irish reel, and Steve Schuch & the Night Heron Consort's mandolin-led "Joy to the World," among others. It all adds up to a fun and joyous listen. ~ Steve Leggett


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