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A Celtic Christmas (CD)

Tom Kendzia,


RRP $29.95

Reviewed by Sandra Jebb, minister at Kairos Uniting Church, an Australian who was born in Ireland.

IF YOU would like to add a Celtic flavour to brighten up your Christmas festivities this year then A Celtic Christmas by Tom Kendzia is a must!

This instrumental collection features some of Ireland’s best traditional musicians with lively new arrangements of
some well known hymns and carols.

‘The Merrily on High- Dance Melody’ interprets the well known carols ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘GoodKing Wenceslas’ in a unique style with the traditional Celtic sounds of pipes, fiddles and flutes.

Listen to an Irish foot tapping version of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’.

Put ‘Christmas Eve’ on in the background as you make your preparations for Christmas Day and you’ll be dancing round the kitchen.

By contrast, if you prefer the more emotionally meditative ballads with the hauntingly beautiful sounds of harp and cello, then close your eyes as you listen to ‘Sliavh Gallen’ and ‘An Chiuilfhionn’.

‘What Child is This’ is a spiritually moving instrumental meditation to help us ponder just who is this Christ child Jesus that we welcome and worship at this time of year.

This CD captures the energy and enthusiasm of Irish traditional music at its best.