The Bells of Dublin
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The Chieftains assemble a diverse cast for this Christmas special. “St. Stephen’s Day Murders” is a comic original, written by Elvis Costello and Paddy Moloney, depicting family holiday strife; the rest are traditional, but hardly predictable. Kate and Anna McGarrigle make “Il Est Né / Ca Berger” heavenly, Marianne Faithfull brings grit to the fiddle-strewn “I Saw Three Ships a Sailing,” and Rickie Lee Jones is full of yearning on “O Holy Night.” Like the perfect Christmas, The Bells of Dublin is rich with bonhomie.
Eclectic Holiday Mash-up ... Chieftains style
This a wonderfully rich mix of songs for the holiday with the Chieftains tying it all together ... nothing cliche here. My favorite holiday album for many years. Take a look at the guest mix - Elvix Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Jackson Browne, Rikki Lee Jones ... who knows how they came up with this list but somehow it all works very well.
Never will you find a down home experience like this. You will be transported to Dublin for a Christmas treat. The wren song is worth the price of the album.
the bells of dublin
I purchased this years ago for the I saw three ships sailing song and many became favorites, love nanci griffith's voice in the wexford carol, this really is a lovely collection of music.
Formed: 1963 in Dublin, Ireland
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s