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I also host the Pub Songs Podcast and I have two Christmas shows this year. The first is entitled “A Semi-Celtic Christmas“. The second is just traditional fun Christmas songs. I also released an EP entitled Celtic Christmas Songs which features three original Christmas songs inspired by Celtic culture and lifestyle. It’s now on sale on all the major digital retailers.
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This Week’s Celtic Christmas Music
“Christmas Waltz” by The Brigands’ Folie
Brigands’ Folie is an exciting acoustic duo playing traditional Irish, Scottish, English, and colonial American music together around the Midwest since 2005. The band’s mission is to educate the public about the lives and stories of 18th & 19th Century settlers, soldiers, and sailors through music of the period.
“Jolly Old St. Nicholas” by The Gothard Sisters
The Gothard Sisters are three young Celtic and classical musicians who write new arrangements of traditional celtic and christmas favorites. They are emerging young artists and dancers from the pacific northwest and play several instruments each, creating a warm sound of acoustic progressive celtic-classical folk.
“Winter’s Day” by Mithril
from Winter’s Day
Mithril’s unique progressive style has its roots in traditional Celtic music but moves far beyond that, weaving such diverse influences as American folk, classical, and Middle Eastern melodies in…to their full tapestry of sound.
“On Christmas Night” by Cherish the Ladies
from On Christmas Night
Celebrating 28 Years of Music Making, Cherish the Ladies is an American all-female Irish-American super group. The band began as a concert series in New York in January 1985, the brainchild of Mick Moloney who wanted to showcase the brightest female musicians in America in what had been a male-dominated scene. The series opened to sold out concerts. Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible Joanie Madden on flutes and whistles, they have grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation and are the most successful and sought after Irish-American group in Celtic music.
“Christmas day in the morning/I saw three ships/On Christmas night/New years day” by Bonnie Rideout
from A Scottish Christmas, The Celebration
Bonnie Rideout is an award winning Scottish fiddler. On stages from Scotland’s Edinburgh International Festival to America’s Kennedy Center, Bonnie Rideout’s unique style of Scottish fiddling has charmed audiences across the globe. Bonnie has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR’s Performance Today, and Morning Edition. Her A Scottish Christmas CD became a New York Times “Top Ten Holiday Best Seller”. Its success prompted a touring show that has sold out halls across North America for over a decade. In 2007, the Mel Bay Publishing Company credited Bonnie as one of America’s top ten most influential traditional fiddlers of the 20th century.
“Have You Heard” by The Irish Rovers
from Merry Merry Time Of Year
The Irish Rovers is a Canadian Irish folk group created in 1963 and named after the traditional song “The Irish Rover.” The group is best known for their international television series, contributing to the popularization of Irish Music in North America. All band members hail from Ireland, however the group was formed in Toronto, Canada. Since then there have been over 40 albums in North America with more internationally. “Have You Heard” is a beautiful Christmas tune with an old world sound, but like with all the Irish Rovers songs, you’ll want to sing along. It’s written by George Millar who has written most of the Rovers’ original music over the years.
“Christmas Pipes” by Katie McMahon
from Celtic Christmas
Katie McMahon is an Irish singer from Dublin. She was a soloist with the original Riverdance troupe. Her recordings have largely featured traditional Irish songs, occasionally in the Irish language. She has released five critically acclaimed solo CDs: After the Morning, Shine, Celtic Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas Angels.