Monday, November 7, 2011

Kid's Music Series: Celtic Christmas by Putumayo World Music

Are you ready yet for Christmas, or are you just in denial like me?  Well, it will be here before you know it and one way that I like to get into the Christmas spirit is by listening to holiday music.  I was fortunate enough to have Celtic Christmas by Putuyamo World Music sent to me to review at just the right time!

This album is a great collection of Celtic-flavored classics from Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada and the United States.  Released in October, just in time for the holiday season, and the newest in the holiday collections by Putumayo that have sold over 1 million!

I truly love listening to Christmas music (I just am in denial about buying gifts yet), and wish I could keep the spirit going all year long. Celtic Christmas is one of those subtly Christmas albums (most songs do not have lyrics), that is so peaceful and calming that you can play it all year long!

Celtic Christmas really puts me in the spirit with such songs as:
  • Here We Come A-Wassailing:  A fun little "diddy" (not sure why I said that, just sounded right) that the kids thought was hilarious! "Mommy, what is a Wassailing?"  Hm, had to Google that one....well now it makes sense: going from door to door singing Christmas carols!
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel:  This is one of my favorites on the disc and reminds me of Robin Hood with the flute.  It is purely an instrumental song, and it worked wonders to quiet the kids in the car!
  • Little Drummer Girl:  A fun instrumental version of Little Drummer Boy, but redone by The Gothard Sisters (hence the name).  I really liked the guitar mixed with fiddle and tambourine.
  • Noel Nouvelet:  This peaceful harp song was accompanied by voices that are so soft and peaceful the kids thought it was angels singing!
  • Angels We Have Heard On High:  Always one of my favorites!  This instrumental Celtic version starts off more traditional and then jumps into a version that makes me feel like I am at a Medieval Faire! Not what I expected, but I did like it.
  • Good King Wenceslas:  Was that an accordion?  I think it was, and odd how it really does go with this song!  A nice twist on a traditional Christmas song.
  • Nollaig Bhan (White Christmas): The Gaelic version of White Christmas that the kids just ate up.  They just love anything in another language, and this relaxing rendition was the right mix of traditional and unusual.
  • Joy To The World:  Love this song, and love this rendition.  The mandolin puts a nice twist on an old classic.
  • Manx Jezebel Carol:  Harp and mandolin come together in this calming song.  A great tone that really had me imagining running through the Moors (at least, what I imagine are Moors!).
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:  A classic Celtic version of this song that will delight everyone.  Great to sit and daydream to...then I remembered I was writing a blog!  Will have to zone out later.
  • Auld Lang Syne:  Perfect way to end this album.  The vocals by Dougie MacLean put just the right spin on this song with his subtle Scottish accent.  Loved it!
I give Celtic Christmas by Putumayo World Music an easy 5 out of 5.  This is the album you will want to buy this year for sure!  It has just the right mix of traditional songs and Celtic harmonies that would make it perfect for background music at your holiday party to playing in the car with the kids.


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