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Celtic Christmas Music

From Brittany to Scotland, from traditional Christmas carols to New Age winter solstice celebrations, these wonderful Celtic Christmas music CDs will warm your heart and put you in the holiday spirit!

We've also included some sacred music from Brittany and Ireland, and even some New World piping and fiddling - whatever means a Celtic Christmas to you, there is music here to please.

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Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
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Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration (2006)
Celtic Woman


"The vocal performances are expectedly polished, with the quintet breaking off into smaller units and solo showcases such as Lisa Kelly's Broadway-lullaby take on 'The Christmas Song,' a neo-classical 'Panis Angelicus' by Chloe Agnew, and the muscular orchestral/choral setting for Mariead Nesbitt's earthy fiddle on 'Carol of the Bells.' The quintet (backed only by Nesbitt's spare strings) harmonize richly on 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and bring their trademark neo-Celtic charms more fully to bear on intimate translations of 'Silent Night' and 'The Wexford Carol' as well as a glorious take on the Gaelic traditional 'That Night in Bethlehem.' Perhaps to remind fans of their true range, the swinging, big-band bonus track 'Let It Snow' closes the collection with upbeat flair." --Jerry McCulley for Amazon.com.
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
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A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (2001)
Various Artists


From Bonnie Rideout to the Breton choir Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde, Brian O'Donovan, host of the Celtic Sojourn radio program, has compiled a beautiful selection of traditional Christmas music, at least for those from Celtic countries. Only a couple of the songs will be familiar to Americans - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and Silent Night.
Comfort and Joy
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Comfort & Joy: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (2003)
Various Artists


"Traditional Celtic music has a peculiar way of turning the simplest musical phrase or familiar carol into a timeless reverie. At 17-tracks deep, Comfort and Joy is indeed a joy and a comfort. There's a distinctive dramatic sweep in many of these pieces, especially in Cherish The Ladies' elegiac medley of "The Distressed Soldier/Angels We Have Heard on High," Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band's "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and the Watersons' stirring and powerful "Shepherd's Arise." Among the traditional Irish, Scottish, and French Celtic favorites (Group Vocal Jef Le Penven's "Noelenn Brehed" is a discovery!) are Robbie O'Connell, harpist Aine Minogue, and Dordan. O'Connell's own "Three Kings" is a smart seasonal sing-along, while Boys of the Lough's splendid vocal realization of "The Wexford Carol" will stay with you for days. Lovely instrumental pieces such as Minogue's "Horn Dance" and her original "Christmas Capers," plus other delights like Cherish The Ladies' pop-styled arrangement of "The Little Drummer Boy" make this yet another treasure of fine Celtic Christmas music." --Martin Keller for amazon.com.
The Best of Celtic Christmas
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Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas (2002)
Various Artists


The Best of Celtic Christmas is a double CD jam-packed with great Celtic Christmas music. The first CD features several of Ireland's best-known traditional musicians such as Altan and Natalie MacMaster. The second CD belongs to the Galway band Dordan, with a terrific selection of jigs, reels, and carols, many sung in Gaelic. A great double album for an Irish Christmas celebration.
Celtlic Christmas
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Celtic Christmas: Silver Anniversary Edition (2001)
Various Artists


Celtic New Age artists contributed original compositions and occasional reworkings of traditional folk tunes for this primarily instrumental album that captures the flavor of Christmas in unique ways. No traditional carols here.
Celtic Christmas
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Celtic Christmas, Vol. 3 (1997)
Celtic Christmas (Windham Hill Series)


"Bright pennywhistles, lonesome fiddles, mysterious flutes, strumming guitars, the brushed and pounding bodhran sounding like a horse at gallop over snowy roads, and female voices so clear and focused they might be angels calling out through the ether of time. All these elements combine to shape Celtic Christmas III. Among the more sterling tracks are David Agnew and David Downes's "Wexford Carol" and the original compositions by Lisa Lynne ("Circle of Joy," "Home") and Brian Dunning and Jeff Johnson (the vivid "A Raven in the Snow")." --Martin Keller for amazon.com.
Thistle and Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh
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A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh (2000)
Altan, Lunasa, Capercaillie, Tannahill Weavers, Cherish the Ladies, et al


Selections from some of the best Irish and Scottish folk bands appear on this eclectic New Age Celtic Christmas CD, which is not particularly Christmasy, but is a great selection from a wide variety of musicians, if you want to try them out. The Tannahill Weavers do Auld Lang Syne.
Merrily Greet the Time
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Merrily Greet the Time (2003)
Sue Richards & Maggie Sansone


Merrily Greet the Time features four-time Scottish harp champion Sue Richards on Celtic harp and Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer with special guest musician appearances on tracks 3,9,15,19 that includes Connie McKenna-Irish & English vocals; Karen Ashbrook-Irish flute, hammered dulcimer;Ralph Gordon-cello performing seasonal music from Autumn Equinox to the Celtic New Year ( Samhain), the Winter Solstice, 12 days of Christmas and the New Year from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and other lands where Celtic people settled.
A Scottish Christmas
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A Scottish Christmas (1996)
Maggie Sansone & Al Petteway, Bonnie Rideout


This is some lively Christmas piping and fiddling! Scottish Christmas songs, some familiar and some not, performed by terrific musicians - pipes and fiddles the way they should be played. Go and listen for yourself. Highly recommended.
Bells of Dublin
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The Bells of Dublin (1991)
The Chieftains


Ireland's most loved band, The Chieftains, team up with a wide variety of guest musicians (Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, etc.) to bring you a rousing and memorable Irish Christmas with both Irish traditional and worldover favorites such as O Holy Night and the Wexford Carol.
Noels Celtiques
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Noels Celtiques: Celtic Christmas Music from Brittany (1998)
L'Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde


Their name means "Chorale Ensemble of the World's End" and their wonderful goal is to preserve Brittany's culture heritage. Here they perform a variety of Breton sacred Christmas songs. The music has a distinct, yet uniquely Breton, Celtic flavor performed using flutes, claviers, bagpipes, guitar, and organ with singing in French. This is a lovely, lovely CD.
The Virgin's Lament
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The Virgin's Lament (Caoineadhi Na Maighdine) (1998)
Nóirín Ní Riain and the monks of Glenstal Abbey


Ní Riain's soaring soprano, in Gaelic and Latin, flies over the deep voices of the monks, as they sing ancient Celtic sacred songs and Gregorian chant in the sean nos or "old style" tradition. Recorded at the Abbey, this album must be heard to be believed. Her voice is absolutely amazing.
Highland Christmas
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Highland Christmas (1998)
The Highland Bagpipes


Favorite traditional English and Scottish Christmas carols played on the bagpipes. Selections include Si Beag Se Mor, Highland Laddie/Talus Canon, Greensleeves (What Child Is This?), Eibli Geal Ciuin Ni Cearhaill (Bright Quiet Eileen O'Carroll), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Paddy's Leather Breeches, Kiss the Child for Me, Mary, Brian Boru's March , Joy to the World, Auld Lang Syne, more.