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The Spirit of Christmas CD (with DruidStone)


Experience a true Celtic Christmas! Holiday favorites such as "Away In a Manger" are paired with Scotland's beloved "Southwind," to create a truly authentic blend.

A special section has been written for I Saw Three Ships and is married to an Irish Chant to give it the truly joyous Irish treatment!

"Ding Dong Merrily on High's" pairing with "St. Anne's Reel" will have you wanting to dance 'round the dining room table!

By turns thoughtful and joyous, this is truly an authenic and heartfelt Celtic Christmas Celebration!

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Art Ketchum
This is probably the Celtic Christmas CD of this year. Áine Minogue has assembled the best and the brightest in Celtic Music and other genres withhere and brought forth a gem.

My favorites are Áine's "Calon Lan" done not with the sharp drama of the Cor Meibion, but in a gorgeous, haunting rendition, which just as strongly conveys this austere powerful piece. And "Praises of Christmas("Drive the Cold Winter Away")," where Billy Novick on clarinet and Áine make a great combination .

Two of the best cuts on this album are are #4 "I saw Three Ships"/"Philig An Cheoil," where even at it's most conservative John Whelan's accordion rocks. Combined with Áine's singing and Joanie Madden's whistle this is teriffic. On cut #6 "Ding Dong Merrily On High"/"St. Anne's Reel," Áine also has a winning combination, where she gets together those two pre-eminent Celtic fiddlers (Seamus Connolly and Johnny Cunningham-did we mention Áine must have great managerial skills too!) for a fine and unusual performance. I have always liked John's rendition of "St. Anne's Reel."

The Breton "Noel Nouvelet" with the subtle drumming of Gerry Leeke is another great piece here, as is Áine's singing with the accompaniment of John Whelan,Johnny Cunningham, and Joanie Madden in "O Come All Ye Faithful"/"Nut Brown Maiden." One particular I love about this album is it's very capable and brilliant combination of works totally unrelated to each other.

Throughout this CD Sheldon Mirowitz on guitar does great work. One case in point being the combination of "Lo, how a Rose' Ere Blooming"/"My Love is Like a Red Red Rose." where he combines with Johnny Cunningham's fiddle, Abby Newton's cello, and Áine's harp for a beautfiul instrumental.

Áine's singing of the old-new version of "Auld Lang Syne" is also great and it serves a nice combination at the end with the reprise of "Calon Lan."

The jacket of this CD reads "When bona fide Celtic stars collaborate with the brightest lights of the new Acoustic scene, it's a cause for celebration." That's not hype or spin, no brag, just fact! -AK

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Preview Tracks

Away In A Manger/Southwind
Calon Lan
Praises of Christmas
I Saw 3 Ships/Philib An Cheoil
What Child Is This/Greensleeves
Ding Dong Merrily/St Anne's Reel
Come All Ye Faithful/Nut Brown Maiden
Noel Nouvelet (vocal version)
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring/Jigs
Silent Night/Óiche Chuain
Lo How a Rose/My Love is Like....
Christmas Capers
Auld Lang Syne
Calon Lan (Reprise)

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