The Wexford Carols Singers

The Wexford Carols

The Wexford Carols by The Wexford Carols Singers
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For fans of:Roseanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Sir Tom Jones, Joe Henry, Caitríona O’Leary
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  1. Christmas Day Is Come
  2. Now to Conclude Our Christmas Mirth
  3. Behould Three Kings
  4. Tell Shepherds
  5. The Angell Said To Joseph Mild
Description

The carols represent Ireland’s greatest homegrown Christmas music and perhaps the last major collection of folk carols in English yet to be recorded and introduced to the public. Featuring O’Leary’s captivating singing along with Jones, Cash and Giddens, the album was produced by four-time Grammy winner, Joe Henry. Mr. Henry’s vision for the recording was to create an intimate, real-time ensemble album that integrates a diversity of related folk traditions (including Irish Traditional, American Roots, Gospel, Blues) with the goal of communicating the beauty, accessibility and spiritual power of this unique and compelling repertoire.

The Wexford Carols is in fact two collections of carols plus the famous Enniscorthy Carol (sometimes recorded as The Wexford Carol). The earlier collection, by Bishop Luke Waddinge, was first published in 1684 and is comprised of eleven poems. The later collection, completed in 1728 by Fr. William Devereux, also contains 11 poems. Both Waddinge and Devereux’s lyrics were set to popular Irish and English tunes of the period. These sublime songs, composed in post-Cromwellian Ireland, a time when the Catholic population suffered harsh religious persecution and severe hardship, formed the basis of a long-standing tradition of carol singing in County Wexford. The album expresses religious, metaphysical, social and political ideas used to tell the Story of Christmas.

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Credits

Caitríona O’Leary –Voice

Tom Jones – Voice

Rosanne Cash – Voice

Rhiannon Giddens – Voice, Fiddle, Minstrel Banjo

Adrian Hart – FiddleEamonn de Barra – Flute, Whistle

John Smith –Guitar, Mandola, Voice

Dónal Lunny – Bouzuki

Kate Ellis – Cello

Greg Cohen – Double Bass

Mel Mercier – Bodhrán, Bones

Graham Hopkins –Drums, Voice

Joe Henry, Producer

Ryan Freeland, Recording Engineer, Mix and Master Recorded 21st – 25th July 2014, Grouse Lodge Recording Studios, Westmeath, IrelandMixed and Mastered August – September 2014, Stampede Origin Studio, Culver City, California

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