A Celtic Christmas Sojourn
by Various Artists
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- by Various Artists ~ Comfort and Joy: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn ~ $16.21
- Released: October 9, 2001
- Label: Rounder / Umgd
- 1.It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Maddy Prior
- 2.Gloomy Winter - Bonnie Rideout
- 3.Christ Child's Lullaby - Sheena Wellington
- 4.Sou Gan - Steve Schuch & The Night Heron Consort
- 5.Oiche Mhaith Leibh :: Good Night To You
- 6.Wexford Lullaby, The - John Renbourn / Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill & The Voice Squad
- 7.Draoicht Na Hoiche (The Magic of the Night) - Dord n
- 8.Cradle Song - Maddy Prior
- 9.Spered Hollvedel - The Revels
- 10.Misteriou Joaius - L'Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde
- 11.Leanbh Ghil Mhilis - Dord n
- 12.Midwinter Waltz, A - The Boys of the Lough
- 13.I Saw a Maiden - Nowell Sing We Clear
- 14.Ditchling Carol, The - Waterson:Carthy
- 15.Personent Hodie / Cantus - Connie Dover
- 16.O Na Kaerra Burzud! - L'Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde
- 17.Silent Night - Aine Minogue
Includes liner notes by Brian O'Donovan.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
There are varying degrees of Celtic music -- the diluted, Americanized McCeltic music and the real stuff. This album is the real stuff. Celtic Christmas Sojourn features a total of 17 songs from a number of relatively unknown Celtic performers. Yet the focus here is not on the performers' name recognition but rather the music itself, and that's where this album shines. Most of the inclusions are traditional songs, with only a few universal favorites like "Silent Night" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" thrown in for good measure. If you consider yourself to be a serious Celtic aficionado, this album should correlate with your interests. If not, you may be in for a surprise -- which may or may not be pleasant. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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