A Thistle Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh

A Thistle  Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh

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A Thistle Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh

A Thistle Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh:either pick up the phone and give us a call direct or get online and send us an e-message. however you contact us, we'll aim to sort out any problem you have as quickly and effectively as possible. THIS IS NOT THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM YOU BELIEVE IT TO BE! If you're a fan of Fiona Ritchie's Thistleamp;Shamrock radio show on NPR like I am, you will probably approach this album with the same thought. That "it's going to be like one of her "Solstice" Christmas episodes" in December on her program. You would be COMPLETELY wrong. Those Solstice episodes are wonderful, and we stream them constantly during the Holiday season.But what you have here, unbeknownst to me, is a "CEILIDH" Thistle and Shamrock Christmas. Ceilidh is described as "a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing". So what we have here are 17 recordings that sound like they fit perfectly in a tavern (on any night BUT one during Christmas week) with people clapping, stomping, dancing, and the whiskey freely flowing. This is great music to be sure - but to an American (6 generations removed from his Scottish ancestors) - this ISN'T CHRISTMAS MUSIC. Perhaps it is for those raised in Ireland. It is so extremely traditional that to those of us used to the Solstice program and raised in America, you won't even recognize anything resembling Christmas music. I love Fiona's weekly broadcasts, and couldn't wait to own this CD - so much so that I didn't bother to listen to the excerpts provided by Amazon. That was my mistake. And I paid $14.00 for that mistake. Read the reviews. I didn't.ranking top11,classic,ranking top18A Thistle Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh
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Editorial Reviews

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Fiona Ritchie, the host of National Public Radio's popular Celtic music show "i"The Thistle amp; Shamrock, says she chose tunes for "i"Christmas Ceilidh that reminded her of the village holiday socials she attended as a child. She must have lived in a remarkably cosmopolitan part of Scotland because along with the assortment of dance tunes and songs played by musicians like Manus McGuire, Lunasa, and Altan, the selections include "Maneo da Ulla/Foliada de Parenda" by the Spanish group Milladoiro and "Ceilidh Funk," a synth-based dance tune by the Scottish accordion player Phil Cunningham. And for a CD that prominently features the word "i"Christmas in its title, there is almost no holiday music here at all, except for "I Saw Three Ships," a guitar solo by English guitarist John Renbourn, and the Tannahill Weavers' version of "Auld Lang Syne." Ritchie does include a nice essay about a typical Christmas ceilidh and a Dundee cake recipe in the liner notes, but overall this is one of the very few holiday CDs you can play year round. --Michael Simmons

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A Thistle Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh

A Thistle Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh:either pick up the phone and give us a call direct or get online and send us an e-message. however you contact us, we'll aim to sort out any problem you have as quickly and effectively as possible. THIS IS NOT THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM YOU BELIEVE IT TO BE! If you're a fan of Fiona Ritchie's Thistleamp;Shamrock radio show on NPR like I am, you will probably approach this album with the same thought. That "it's going to be like one of her "Solstice" Christmas episodes" in December on her program. You would be COMPLETELY wrong. Those Solstice episodes are wonderful, and we stream them constantly during the Holiday season.But what you have here, unbeknownst to me, is a "CEILIDH" Thistle and Shamrock Christmas. Ceilidh is described as "a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing". So what we have here are 17 recordings that sound like they fit perfectly in a tavern (on any night BUT one during Christmas week) with people clapping, stomping, dancing, and the whiskey freely flowing. This is great music to be sure - but to an American (6 generations removed from his Scottish ancestors) - this ISN'T CHRISTMAS MUSIC. Perhaps it is for those raised in Ireland. It is so extremely traditional that to those of us used to the Solstice program and raised in America, you won't even recognize anything resembling Christmas music. I love Fiona's weekly broadcasts, and couldn't wait to own this CD - so much so that I didn't bother to listen to the excerpts provided by Amazon. That was my mistake. And I paid $14.00 for that mistake. Read the reviews. I didn't.ranking top11,classic,ranking top18A Thistle Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh