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Celtic Woman - A Christmas Celebration

Imagine lilting Celtic voices against rich orchestral arrangements and sparser settings enhanced with the traditional Irish sounds of uilleann pipes, harp, and ancient choral harmony. The result is a splendid variety of reverent but lively arrangements which wouldn't be out of place at a church, concert hall, or good old-fashioned Irish ceili.
Edited from an Amazon review.
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And Winter Came

This seasonal offering from one of the world's most successful yet enigmatic artists was originally envisioned as a Christmas album,but evolved into a more general winter theme. That said, there are some lovely "Christmassy" tracks which are sure to be played over and over during the holidays.
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Real Irish Christmas
Various Artists

For a non-traditional Christmas (yet very traditional Irish) recording, this CD offers a wide variety of moods - from serious and reflective to joyful and exuberant. The cover photo is particularly appealing and reminds this reviewer of the eager anticipation she once knew - oh, to have that feeling back again.
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...a spellbinding portrait of midwinter's moods and textures. Her harp is austere, never glissando-glossy or aimlessly lush. Familiar melodies such as "Noel Nouvelle" and "Greensleeves" are delivered gracefully, with gorgeous string and oboe support. Minogue's shy whisper of a soprano delivers a lulling Gaelic version of "Silent Night" and the ethereal "Darkest Midnight." Spun together with brief snatches of spoken narration, this is a tender holiday masterpiece. Scott Alarik, the Boston Globe.
To listen to a few excerpts, please click Warm Winter's Night Listen.
To buy the recording, please click To Warm a Winter's Night.

Frank Patterson At Christmas

As always, one of Ireland's most beloved tenors delivers an impeccable performance on each of the classics in this beautiful collection of seasonal favorites.
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We Three Kings
The Irish Tenors

As always, the trio is brilliant as they deliver superb renditions of seasonal favorites - from the title cut to O Holy Night. They also give us some surprises with Battle Hymn of the Republic, America The Beautiful, and a flawless duet by Finbar and Anthony of Pie Jesu.
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Songs of Christmas
The Irish Rovers

One of Ireland's best-loved folk groups mixes traditional Irish holiday fare with more familiar carols and songs. Included are that wickedly funny Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake" as well as the always-popular "Christmas in Killarney. A merry set of tunes, just try to sit still or not sing along when the lads break into "Christmas Caroling" with all the gusto of a good round of pints at the pub. Well worth a listen.
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An Irish Christmas Carol
Danny O'Flaherty

If you've ever been to O'Flaherty's Pub in New Orleans, you'll be familiar with Danny and you should particularly enjoy this recording where he offers a lovely assortment of Irish songs for the season. Some we are familiar with - Curoo, Curoo, for example, but there are many here that are new to us.
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To Shorten The Winter
Tommy Sands

Here we have new material and old favorites, including a beautiful reading of Patrick Kavanagh's "A Christmas Childhood/A Call to Hope." Backed by Liam O'Flynn's haunting uilleann pipes and vocals by Dolores Keane, save for a couple of incongruities such as "Whiter Shade of Pale, it's an excellent seasonal recording.
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Spirit of an Irish Christmas
by Roisin Dempsey

A collection of best loved Christmas carols which have been given a traditional Irish quality! The songs are performed by Róisin Dempsey and the arrangements feature a band of celebrated Irish musicians, including David Hayes, Declan Masterson, Colm O'Tiarnaigh, Nigel Davey and Nick Bailey, who brought their wealth of expertise together to help create a unique sound to highlight Róisín's wonderful voice.
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Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Fungie, the Dolphin of Dingle Bay

The dolphin is one of Ireland’s most fascinating mammals and Fungie is the most famous. He is a fully- grown bottlenose who is 13 feet (4 meteres) long and weighs about 500 lbs or around one-quarter tonne.
Fungie was first noticed in 1984 when Paddy Ferriter, the Dingle Harbour lighthouse keeper, began watching a lone wild dolphin escort the town's fishing boats to and from port. 
Later that year, it became officially recorded that Fungie was a permanent resident of the entrance channel to Dingle and the self-appointed “pilot” of the fleet. 
Over the years Fungie has developed from a timid but inquisitive observer of the human visitors into a playful, though mischievous, companion.  From observation of marks on his body, it seems that he does 'interact' with other whales, dolphins or porpoises, proving perhaps he is neither hermit nor outcast from his own kind, but rather that he is simply content to spend most of his time in and around Dingle Bay.

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Can't Find it?!

Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -
There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
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• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Try BMG. They are one of the largest Music stores - period. Click here for BMG Music.
We recommend you search for artist or title words.
• Third: Still can't find It? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. They now carry music (even vinyl). The prices vary, since they are offered from various sources.
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• Fourth: Is it in print, at least?
Try Irish Music International, they'll go out of their way to obtain any item currently available.
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• Last: Nothing Worked?
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