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A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Boston 2016 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Cutler Majestic Theater, Boston, MA; December 11, 2016.

Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for 28 years. For the last 14, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. First launched in 2003, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program. - thevetsri.com, 2016

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metro.us, 2016:

This year, the program focuses in on the Acadian Christmas tradition - including French Christmas carols like “Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle” - with the help of Prince Edward Island’s Vishten. Ahead of the shows, we spoke with artistic director Paula Plum on Acadian music, this year’s musical selections from both the house band Solas and the featured guests and the show’s warm, inviting spirit.

Why did you and Brian [O’Donovan] decide to focus on Acadian music this year?

Acadian music is hugely influenced by the Celtic tradition and Celtic folklore and the tradition of song, dance and instrumental music. In the past, we had Foghorn which was a country-western band, and then we had a crossover extension of our show where Foghorn and Solas - our house band - showed the differences and the similarities between country western and Celtic. So we will be doing the same thing with Acadian music. And Vishten comes from the Acadian tradition, from Prince Edward Island.

Are there specific Irish traditions that were important to import from Ireland, especially for ex-pats sticking around in Boston for the holidays?

The aesthetic of “Christmas Celtic Sojourn” has always been to feel as though you’re being invited in someone’s living room, or parlor as they say overseas. The way Brian hosts the show, he’s in an armchair - we have, what does he call it: “round the house and mind the dresser.” There’s a very joyous feeling of the Celtic tradition of playing in the kitchen.

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Track 01. radio intro 1:38
Track 02. O Come O Come Emmanuel (Kathy Jordan) 6:39
Track 03. intro 0:37
Track 04. Untitled (Kathy Jordan) 2:50
Track 05. The Little Drummer Boy (Kathy Jordan and Lindsay O’Donovan) 4:49
Track 06. Deck the Halls (Kathy Jordan) 1:22
Track 07. stage intro 0:51
Track 08. Untitled (The Nordic Fiddlers Block) 3:47
Track 09. stage intro 1:51
Track 10. Here We Go a-Wassailing (Kathy Jordan, Lindsay O’Donovan) 3:23
Track 11. Frosty the Snowman (Solas: Jack Rollins, Steve Nelson)/radio outro 2:02
Track 12. stage intro 0:38
Track 13. Fiddles, Fiddles, and More Fiddles (The Nordic Fiddlers Block) 4:54
Track 14. stage intro 0:18
Track 15. Angels We Have Heard on High 3:13
Track 16. stage intro 1:13
Track 17. Clearances (Brian O’Donovan, poetry by Seamus Heaney) 0:55
Track 18. Untitled (Kathy Jordan) 3:08
Track 19. stage intro 0:37
Track 20. Untitled (Natalie Haff - cello; Meg Gilchrist - celtic harp) 5:29
Track 21. Silent Night (Kathy Jordan, Lindsay O’Donovan) 2:10
Track 22. There are also Musicians (Brian O’Donovan,  poetry by Michael Coady) 0:54
Track 23. band intros, outro jam/radio outro 2:57
57 mins

The Christmas Revels
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
December 2016
Track 24. instrumental 1:12
Track 25. Auld Lang Syne 3:08
Track 26. The Shortest Day (read by David Coffin) 1:05
Track 27. Sussex Mummers Carol (Percy Grainger) 2:00
Track 28. radio outro 1:15
9 mins

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  1. 2 Responses to “A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN - BOSTON 2016”

  2. Thanks for posting..

    By Tom on Dec 26, 2017

  3. Track 4 is actually called Red-haired Mary while track 18 is called A lark in the clear air. Anyone has any idea about titles of the instrumentals? Maybe the great Michael O’Suilleabhain with Bringing It All Back Home fame can inspire us if anyone knows how to get in touch with him.

    By Chotakeo on Jul 28, 2018

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