Irish music sets the tone for Christmas celebrations and now is the time to organize your CD’s or add to your collection. What’s nice about Irish music for Christmas is the variety of styles that make up the Irish music genre. I’ll try to give a few suggestions to throw on the player and add to the joyous Christmas season.
Bing Crosby-White Christmas, Now I know that Bing Crosby is from an era gone by, and technically is Irish American, but there is something about this CD that just makes me feel the joy of Christmas.
Tony Kenny- Christmas time in Ireland, I met Tony at a show in New Jersey, and he was a really down to earth nice fellow. Tony is from the same mold as the late crooners of the past. A pure voice that is made for ballads and truly puts his beautiful voice and heart into every song.
Daniel O’Donnell, Christmas with Daniel, this will round out the the pure voices of Irish music. Daniel O’Donnell from Donegal has become one of the favorite balladeers of this generation.
The Trad players versions of Irish winter and Christmas tunes,
Eileen Ivers – An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas, I have to confess that this CD is on my list to purchase for my collection this Christmas, and am looking forward to hearing some great fiddling.
Celtic Heartbeat Christmas – VARIOUS ARTISTS ….one of my all time favorite Cds, a combination of soothing vocals and nice instrumentals, that give a nice change of pace from the Santa Clause is coming to town CDs. When I had my shop this was my favorite Irish music to recommend for Christmas. Fiona Kennedy’s song Na Hu O Ho, is beautiful soothing and all around lovely.
And of course when the rush of the season starts to get you down, and it may be time to rest a bit and remember the season is for giving, but not overdoing things, You’ll need to listen to the Christmas Countdown by Frank Kelly.
Check out Dara records website for these and more, you could also check out Irish Records International two companies that always were fair and honest people to deal with.
As we head into the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas it is my wish that all take the time and remember why we celebrate these seasons. Thanksgiving is when we thank God for the blessings of our Country, in the words of George Washington;
PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATIONS
1789-1815 : George Washington,
THANKSGIVING DAY 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – A PROCLAMATION
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Have a happy Thanksgiving,