Nov 19, 2020
Welcome to Hang the Holly. This is an inside look into the
latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast. Today, I'm gonna
tell you about The Irish Rovers.
But first... the second 2020 episode of the Celtic Christmas
Podcast is now online. It's called The Holly and The Ivy. It
features Christmas music from The Irish Rovers, Steel Clover,
Matthew Young, Emish, Spencer & Beane, Laura MacKenzie, Cantus
Lunaris, The Jig Is Up!, Andrew D. Huber, Rosmerta, Haggis Rampant,
A Shamrock in Kudzu, Sarah Marie Mullen, The Selkie Girls, The
If you want to enjoy an hour of Celtic Christmas music, rate
the show. Then subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasPodcast.com
Let's get on with the show.
Hailing all the way back to Toronto in the 1960s, The Irish
Rovers are a well-regarded Irish band that have had the honor of
being named the “Folk Group of the Year” in Canada,
appeared on TV shows in the U.S., and even hosted their own show on
the CBC in the 1970s. Known for their Irish folk music—and their
longevity—this band has produced more than 45 albums that people
have enjoyed throughout the world, many times over.
If you’re searching for a good batch of Irish Christmas tunes,
this Canadian band delivers a number of different collections to
choose from. Piano for Christmas Time is a wonderful album of
instrumental holiday music. The blend of songs is perfect for
holiday dinners or tree trimming, or whenever you are looking to
add a bit of Irish flavor to the mood of the day. This 10-track
collection finishes off with a fun Christmas Eve medley, blending
favorites like "Jingle Bells", "Frosty the Snowman", and "Here
Comes Santa Claus" together to help get everyone in a festive
Merry Merry Time of Year is another collection of Christmas
music that provides 15 lovelies to round out any holiday
collection, such as “Christ the King” and “Must Be Santa”. Also
available—and a great choice if you're in the mood to kick back and
watch a concert--be sure to try out their DVD, “The Irish Rovers
Christmas”, which showcases the band (and guests!) at Chatham
Ontario's historic Capitol Theatre, playing live. Not only will you
hear great music, but the 2+ hours that were recorded also feature
some sneak-peeks behind the scenes and other cool extras.
Those searching for a recognizable list of Christmas
classics—Irish style—would do well to invest in “The Irish Rovers
Songs of Christmas”, which kicks out some tried-and-true favorites.
Included on this album are tracks like “Away in a Manger”, “We
Three Kings”, and “Silent Night”, among others. And don’t miss the
band’s fun take on “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”, which
makes you want to sing right along with them!
There’s something to be said for bands like The Irish Rovers,
who have stood the test of time. Groups like this have truly
developed a sound that is all their own. Playing together for so
many years results in a seamless blending of musicianship, and the
band is filled to the brim with Irish energy and enthusiasm.
Whether you’re looking to round out a collection of Christmas music
or want to share some Celtic-style tunes with friends or family as
a gift, these albums make a terrific pick.
To get a taste of this band’s take on holiday music, you can
now listen to show #56: The Holly and The Ivy.
The show is free to enjoy, as usual. However, it is supported
by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon.
You can subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com
Nollaig shona daoibh.