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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

20 Ratings

20 Ratings

A must have for the Christmas season!!!

ModPodGal

At last - The Priests have recorded a Christmas album - and it was well worth the wait. Every song on this beautifully crafted and produced CD is a gem. Every song except the collaboration with Shane McGowan; sorry - it just doesn't work. The Bing Crosby/David Bowie version worked because Bowie proved he was more than just a rock singer. McGowan sounds as if he had one too many Guinnesses on the way to the studio. It might have worked well with another singer; sadly, this singer isn't it. That being said, the rest of the album is delightful. It's hard to pick a favourite but I might have to vote for "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen". Also, the version of "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" featuring just The Fathers is gorgeous. I can't say enough good things about this CD. Too bad SONY isn't promoting the heck out of it. It could become a Christmas classic for many families. Well done, Fathers - another beautiful CD!!

Christmas in the Drunk Tank

crystallyn

Personally I like the version of Little Drummer Boy with McGowan...he sounds exactly like you would expect him to sound, with one two many Guinesses in him on the way to the studio. He wouldn't be the same any other way!

Love it!

mjrv_12

The Priests sing beautifully and this album is just great! I LOVE the arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" AND "In Dulci Jubilo" the most but "What Child is this," and "Holly and Ivy" as also REALLY beautiful as is the rest of the album really. I agree that the song with Shane McGowan is not my fav. I told my husband he sounds drunk...but my husand really likes it, lol, though he likes Irish drinking songs so go figure. It is a lovely CD, again, not only are the voices heavenly but the arrangements are amazing :) I look forward to a new album from them every year.

About The Priests

Vocal trio the Priests present an amiable mix of sacred music, classical arias, Christmas carols, and traditional Irish songs. Founding members Father Eugene O'Hagan, Father Martin O'Hagan, and Father David Delargy hail from Northern Ireland, where they began singing together as students at the grammar school St. MacNissi's College. They later trained for the priesthood at Irish College in Rome, and during their time there, they were invited to sing for the Pope in the sacred liturgy. Returning to Ireland to work in their separate ministries, they continued to sing together while still fulfilling their duties as full-time parish priests.

The group's accessible style and potential crossover appeal led to a recording contract with RCA Victor, and they worked with famed producer Mike Hedges (U2, Sarah Brightman) on their debut album, The Priests, which saw release in 2008. It reached number two on Billboard's Classical and Christian charts, hit number 66 on the Billboard 200, and charted across Europe as well as in Australia and New Zealand. The trio's share of the proceeds from all this success went to their parishes and to support retired priests. A second album, Harmony, appeared in 2009 to less fanfare, although it still charted in nearly a dozen countries, reaching the Top Three in Sweden and New Zealand. By the following year, the Priests had sold more than three million albums worldwide, and they wrapped up 2010 by releasing a traditional Christmas album, NOËL. The trio returned on the SWM7 label with their fourth album, Alleluia, in 2016. It included a mix of traditional hymns, Irish songs, and classical selections, along with a cover of "Eleanor Rigby." ~ Marcy Donelson & Steve Leggett

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