Celtic Christmas CD

For Your Holiday Gifting —
a CD and 2 Books of Christmas Stories and Plays!

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A CELTIC CHRISTMAS featuring The 4 Kings of Kelt
29 Yuletide Favorites from Ireland and Scotland

*  PLAYS OF THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
12 Plays about the Origins of Classic Holiday Songs

*  STORIES OF THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
12 Stories about the Origins of Classic Holiday Songs

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OF ALL THE CREATIVE PROJECTS I’VE worked on over the years, I think these three may be the closest to my heart.

No matter what your denominational upbringing, there’s something special to a musician about making a Christmas Album — it’s a chance to connect with the better angels of our nature, a chance to make music that reaches some sort of ethereal dimension, a chance to re-live the excitement you first experienced hearing Elvis’ Blue Christmas, Bobby Helms’ Jingle Bell Rock, Charles Brown’s Merry Christmas, Baby and (be honest now) The Chipmunks’ Christmas Don’t Be Late.

I was very lucky a few years back to be invited by two outstanding Pittsburgh musicians, George Balderose and Ernie Hawkins to join them on some Yuletide tracks.

What a unique aural concept:  Scots bagpipes, country blues guitar, Irish tin whistle interpreting the traditional holiday song canon!  

We added the jazz/gospel keyboardist T.H. Gillespie for tasteful fills and texture, and the result was A Celtic Christmas 55 minutes of exquisite Christmas music played with a lot of Celtic soul.

We’ve re-issued the original disc and A Celtic Christmas is now available right here.

Check it out. Non-habit-forming stress relief to make you feel good, relaxed and hopeful about the New Year.

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“A CELTIC CHRISTMAS”
$12.95 per disc includes 1st-class U.S. shipping

~ FEATURING “THE 4 KINGS OF KELT” ~
* George Balderose — Smallpipes & Great Highland Pipes
* Ernie Hawkins — Guitar
* T.H. Gillespie — Keyboard
* L.E. McCullough — Tinwhistle, Harmonica, Bones & Bodhran

Four top traditional musicians blend their talents to produce a unique recording of Christmas standards and Irish-Scots folk favorites. Featured are Scots bagpipe virtuoso George Balderose, ragtime guitar legend Ernie Hawkins, Irish tinwhistle master L.E. McCullough and jazz keyboard ace T.H. Gillespie. The result — a warm, gentle garland of Yuletide and Irish & Scots tunes guaranteed to drive the winter chill from your door!

  1. Il Est Né / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Good King Wenceslaus
  2. Angels We Have Heard on High / We Three Kings / O Come All Ye Faithful
  3. Christ Child’s Lullaby / Da Cold Nights of Winter
  4. Deck the Halls / We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  5. O Little Town of Bethlehem / I Saw Three Ships / Une Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella / Here We Come A-Wassailing
  6. Silent Night
  7. The Wexford Carol / Christmas Eve
  8. Amazing Grace
  9. Greensleeves / Hark the Herald Angels / Jingle Bells
  10. First Noel / Joy to the World
  11. St. Stephen’s Carol / Drops of Brandy
  12. Come, O Come Emmanuel / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / Away in a Manger
  13. Auld Lang Syne

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* * * TO ORDER your copy of A Celtic Christmas:
write $12.95 check or money order made out to “Pages of History, Inc.” 
and send to:  L.E. McCullough, P.O. Box 352, Woodbridge NJ 07095

Questions? Send an email to lemccullough@mac.com

Pages of History, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey and registered with the state Office of Attorney General’s list of New Jersey Charitable Organizations. Your financial contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For information about Pages of History, Inc. and our mission of providing educational film and theatre, click here.

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A NICE REVIEW:

A lot of CDs promise Celtic, but few deliver such an authentic and enchanting experience as A Celtic Christmas. The rich acoustic textures and pleasant musicality of these arrangements quickly warmed me up to the virtues of this record.

“Featuring a tremendously talented group of contemporary folk musicians, A Celtic Christmas resonates with the sounds of the British Isles.

“George Balderose’s fine work on bagpipes lays down the Scottish base for a catchy instrumental quartet. L.E. McCullough contributes a hint of Irish spring with his tin whistle. T.H. Gillespie adds beautifully traditional percussive sensibilities, and Ernie Hawkins knits these brilliant threads into a beautiful Celtic fabric with his strong, but relatively understated work on guitar.

“I particularly liked the sound of The First Noel/Joy to the World medley and thought their arrangement of Auld Lang Syne, which featured the instrument and mood of each musician in turn, was appropriately sentimental for ringing in a new millennium. An evocative and pleasurable experience.”  Richard Banks, ChristmasReviews.com

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Hey, what about those two books on Christmas songs?

See the next page here for that info…

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