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A Gaelic Christmas: Mary Mc Laughlin

A Gaelic Christmas: Mary Mc Laughlin

Catalog Number: RRCD404
Label: Gourd Music
Format: CD

Available: 2
Price: $14.99

Steve Coulter, harp
Barry Philips, cellos
Shelley Phillips, oboe and English horn
Robin Petrie, hammer dulcimer
Steafan Hannigan, percussion, pipes and bansuri
Danny Carnahan, octave mandolin
William Coulter, guitar

Internationally acclaimed for her lush harmonies and atmospheric arrangements, Mary McLaughlin introduces her latest album.

A Gaelic Christmas is a collection of Christmas carols and hymns all sung in the Irish Gaelic language.

The material spans several centuries and includes ancient traditional Irish carols such as "The Wexford Carol" as well as Gaelic versions of beloved Victorian carols including "Holy Night," "I Saw Three Ships," and "Silent Night." Guest musicians, including many Gourd artists, enhance Mc Laughlin's rich multi-tracked vocals to create a unique and timeless holiday album.

The material in this collection of Christmas songs spans several centuries; some of the melodies will be very familiar while others will be less so. In some cases I have translated original texts, in others I have either written new words in Irish Gaelic or set ancient texts to music. Irish traditional singing style (sean-nós) is strictly unaccompanied and has no harmony; when a group sings together, it is in unison. Yet many traditional Gaelic songs lend themselves beautifully to harmony.

These Christmas songs certainly suggest harmonic arrangements so I've taken the liberty of both writing choral parts and adding instrumentation to them. In these liner notes I have included phonetic pronunciation of the titles (in parentheses). The complete choral package will be available from my web page, in 2008. This package will include phonetic transliterations of the songs, sheet music and instructional CDs of pronunciation and choral parts. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy these arrangements and may you have a wonderful holiday season!

Track ListingTimeMP3
1Dia Do Bheatha / Trí Long Hail God / Three Ship
2Do’n Oíche Úd I mBeithil To That Night Long Ago in Bethlehem
3A Oíche Bheannaithe Oh Holy NighA Gaelic Christmas: Mary Mc Laughlin - A Oíche Bheannaithe Oh Holy Nigh
4Leanbh Sa Mhainséar Child in the Manger (Morning Has Broken)
5Muire Agus Naomh Seosamh Mary & St. Joseph
6Seacht Suáilce Na Maighdine Muire The Seven Joys of the Virgin MaryA Gaelic Christmas: Mary Mc Laughlin - Seacht Suáilce Na Maighdine Muire The Seven Joys of the Virgin Mary
7Carúl Loch Garman The Wexford Caro
8Suantraí Na Maighdine The Virgin’s Lullaby
9A Leanbh Ghil Mhilis Oh Sweet, Bright ChildA Gaelic Christmas: Mary Mc Laughlin - A Leanbh Ghil Mhilis Oh Sweet, Bright Child
10Bí Thusa Mo Shúile Be Thou My Vision
11Dán D’oíche Nollag Christmas Eve Hymn
12Oíche Chiúin Silent NightA Gaelic Christmas: Mary Mc Laughlin - Oíche Chiúin Silent Night
13Suantraí An Chríost The Christ’s Lullaby