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By passing over too-familiar Christmas songs in favor of less-well-known melodies, Brian O'Donovan, the host of the Celtic Sojourn radio show, has come up with that rarest of all holiday treats - a gift that both surprises and delights. Edited from a review by Michael Simmon.
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White Christmas
Bing Crosby

We include this classic because of our favorite cut - Christmas in Killarney. But the rest of the recording isn't half-bad! For all the Bing fans, we're just kidding - this is one of the best Christmas recordings ever.
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The Bells of Dublin
The Chieftains

We've owned The Bells of Dublin for about ten years and it remains one of our favorite Christmas recordings. The Chieftains are impeccable as always but, in addition to their traditional Irish sound, they team up with a group of contemporary vocalists; for the most part, the mix works well. In fact we like every cut except one.
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The Darkest Midnight
by Noírin Ní Rain

The wonder and mystery of the Nativity are brought to life in this unique collection of holiday religious music from Ireland. Shifting from exuberance to rapture, from solemnity to celebration, Nóirín Ní Riain and the monks of Glenstal offer hymns and songs of praise to the sacred season. Sung in English, Latin, and Irish.
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Home for Christmas
The Irish Tenors

According to the 30 or more reviews we've read, if you own just one Irish Christmas recording, this should be it. Featuring Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan and John McDermott, we are treated to both solo and trio performances of a dozen or more best loved holiday airs, sung in their trade-mark Irish tenor style. As one reviewer cleverly observed, if these three sang the phone book, she'd buy it!
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On Christmas Night
Cherish The ladies

This is not only a top-notch Christmas album, but generally a top-notch Celtic album as well. Cherish the Ladies is undoubtedly one of the finest Irish groups in the world, not to mention one of the finest all-female groups! This album is a great collection of classic Christmas tunes, some common, some obscure, that will make for such a nice change come this holiday season. Amazon Review
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Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Holly and Ivy hanging up and
something wet in every cup*

Not so long ago, Irish Christmas decorations were much simpler than they are now. The children gathered holly and ivy for adorning, windows, doorways, mantles and pictures, and the father would carve out a turnip in which would be placed a large red candle. This would go in the window to light the way for the Holy Family on Christmas Eve. Only in relatively recent times did an Irish family have a Nativity scene and a decorated tree in the house. As for Mistletoe, it's quite rare in ireland and is generally associated with ancient Celtic and Druidic fertility celebrations; this is most likely where the custom of kissing under the mistletoe comes from.
*Old Irish Christmas toast
Image: Pashley Manor Gardens.



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Can't Find it?!

Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -
There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
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• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Try BMG. They are one of the largest Music stores - period. Click here for BMG Music.
We recommend you search for artist or title words.
• Third: Still can't find It? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. They now carry music (even vinyl). The prices vary, since they are offered from various sources.
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• Fourth: Is it in print, at least?
Try Irish Music International, they'll go out of their way to obtain any item currently available.
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• Last: Nothing Worked?
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