Album title – “A Celtic Christmas”
Produced by Marc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
This 2013 Christmas CD is a compilation of Celtic holiday tunes hand selected by Marc Gunn. Marc Gunn is the producer of the award winning radio show, “Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.” On “A Celtic Christmas” you will hear a mix of heartwarming traditional and contemporary music. Marc picked these particular songs out of the hundreds he has played on his own Podcasts. These are some of his favorite Celtic Christmas tunes and some may become yours after listening.
We can’t sum it up much better than this. Mike Farragher, music writer for The Irish Voice says, “This is a compilation that celebrates Christmas and all the Celtic Nations and their country cousins – from the Appalachian Mountains to the Rockies to the hills of Donegal to yer local pub for a sing-along and back again!”
When you purchase this CD keep in mind that you are not buying a CD full of the same old standard Christmas music. There are some traditional numbers on it such as “Silent Night” and “The Holly and the Ivy”, but this CD mostly celebrates a unique Celtic Christmas you may be unfamiliar with. If you are in search of unique Christmas music because you are bored with the same old thing sung a thousand different ways, this is a CD to purchase! The only real negative we can say has nothing to do with the music. The font used to title the play list on the back is not easily readable and tiny! But this won’t diminish from the pleasure of these pure listening tunes. The rest of the CD jacket is very well done and a pretty purple color.
Celtic Christmas Cornucopia
We found the music very relaxing, sometimes soft, sometimes not, yet contemplative. Most of these songs are from other albums by the artists. There are a few Celtic songs on this CD to dance to but many are more subtle, so it may be better background music for your next Christmas party than a main selection perhaps. In any case play it loud to hear every nuance. You will hear elements of progressive, classical, jazz, rock, comic and folk on this CD. Several songs are instrumental only. We particularly enjoyed those. Whatever the reason for buying, “A Celtic Christmas” will bring a smile to your face, a beer or whiskey to your lips and a warm feeling you can only get with updated Celtic holiday tunes.
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At that site you can also see more detail about each song. We did actually enjoy every song on this album as each had something to offer and a unique Celtic Christmas style. Celtic compilations are like that. It ends with a haunting version of “Silent Night” by the Gothard Sisters. A fitting way to end over an hour of Celtic Christmas entertainment.
The CD runs around 61 minutes and the tracks on “A Celtic Christmas” are:
1. “Galician Carol” by Mithril
2. “Hunting the Wren” by Heather Dale
3. “Gloucestershire Wassail” by McGaha
4. “Without You Christmas Day” by George Papavgeris
5. “Cold Frosty Morning” by Tom Morley
6. “Banjos We Have Heard on High” by Jed Marum
7. “Christmas Day” by The Elders
8. “Christmas in Scotland” by Marc Gunn
9. “Irish Holiday” by the Gleasons
10. “Yule Log and Holly Berries” by Rathkeltair
11. “The Holly and the Ivy” by Pandora Celtica
12. “I Saw Three Ships Medley” by Iona
13. “Christmas in Pittsburgh” 1943 by Boston Blackthorne
14. “Bog Down in Christmas” by Brobdingnagian Bards
15. “We’re All Home for Christmas” by the Malarkeys
16. “Christmas Waltz” by The Brigands Folie
17. “Silent Night” by The Gothard Sisters