As on several other albums, the Chieftains have assembled an album featuring a stellar cast of guests, this time for a Celtic Christmas album. Several tracks feature either the Renaissance singers (a choir) or the Voice squad (a vocal trio), while most but not all of the other tracks feature a variety of guests.
About half of the songs will be familiar to British and Irish listeners, though not sounding quite as they do here. Some will also be familiar to American listeners, particularly O holy night (sung here by Rickie Lee Jones), O come all ye faithful and God rest ye merry gentlemen.
The opening title track, featuring cathedral bells, gets the album off to a great start. Other highlights for me include I saw three ships (sung by Marianne Faithfull, the French medley (sung by Kate and Anna McGarrigle), Once in Royal David's city and Ding dong merrily on high, but I find this to be an entertaining album from start to finish.
This is very different from my other Christmas albums, but that itself adds to the enjoyment. The quality of the musicianship and singing is also high. If you are looking for a Christmas album with something different to offer, this might be what you are looking for.