Celtic Christmas

Many radio stations have started playing non-stop Christmas music and it’s really annoying. They play the same songs over and over again, year after year. For that reason, once they start on Christmas music (or Holiday music as they call it) I turn away from the radio and listen to my own music, Christmas and non-Christmas. I have a much wider variety of songs then the stations seem to possess and I’d gladly give my cd’s to a station if they would play them.  I’m not the only person that is sick of Christmas music on the radio and Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet. Don’t the stations realize that they are forcing people to look elsewhere for music to avoid non-stop Christmas tunes?

I’ll start with my favorite Celtic (for lack of a better term) Christmas albums and if time allows I’ll continue with some favorites from other genres. If you want to purchase the albums to listen to them for your own enjoyment, you’ll have plenty of time before Christmas, one benefit from thinking ahead of the season. You’ll also have time to order a second album after you have worn the first one out, or as a Christmas gift for someone.

Winter in Scotland: A Highland ChristmasSteve McDonald
With his deep voice and his unique arrangements of traditional songs, Steve has created an incredible, unforgettable Christmas album. The talented Holly Smith adds her sweet voice to this amazing album. My favorite songs: Silent Night, Happy Xmas (War is Over) and Angels We Have Heard on High

I’ll Be Home For ChistmasPaul Byrom
(currently out of stock for the umpteenth time, but well worth any wait) Paul lends his beautiful velvet voice to an array of holiday songs and adds a charming flair that is all his own. He throws out a few surprises as well. Paul can also be heard on Celtic ThunderChristmas.” To hear a Christmas concert staring Paul and Hayley Westenra visit RTE Radio 1 archive files (RealPlayer required for listening). My favorite songs: On Saviour’s Day, A Winter’s Tale and O Holy Night

Celtic Christmas” and “Winter, Fire And Snow: A Celtic Christmas CollectionOrla Fallon
These two spectacular albums by Orla (formerly of Celtic Woman) cover many standard Christmas songs and several new ones. Each song is clearly performed with genuine emotion that is hard to miss. Méav, Vince Gill, David Archuleta and Anúna join Orla to gift us with their enchanting sounds on “Celtic Christmas” Orla Fallon is also on the Celtic Woman “Christmas Celebration” album
My favorite songs: Bells of Christmas, Oíche Chiúin (Silent Night), It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/The First Noel and Winter, Fire and Snow

The Irish TenorsChristmas
The voices of Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Karl Scully come together in several brilliantly arranged songs to make some one-of-a-kind medleys. They also perform some traditional and newer Christmas songs with dramatic results.
My favorite songs: Mary Did You Know, Fairytale of New York, Sleigh Ride/Feliz Navidad Medley and Jingle Bell Rock/Round the Christmas Tree Medley

Beyond the StarMichael Londra
Michael’s crystal-clear voice creates a delightful blend of traditional and non-traditional songs in an album that shows a genuine love for the songs and the season.
My favorite songs: Winter, Fire and Snow and With Strings of Lights

Not an album, but a truly amazing Christmas single I recommend is Ryan Kelly‘s “Not Far Apart.” This beautiful song can help you cope with the loss of loved ones during the difficult holiday season.

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