"Spirit of an Irish Christmas" (TARACD4014), features 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.
"Spirit of an Irish Christmas" includes tracks such as; 'When A Child is Born', 'Dun Oiche Ud i mBeithil', 'Good King Wenceslas', 'Ave Maria', 'O Holy Night' and many more all give a unique Irish feel.
Róisín's singing career began with Alan Cutts in the Wexford School of Music, and continued on to St Patricks College Maynooth, where she obtained an honours Music and Theology degree specialising in performance. During this period she regularly performed with the Maynooth chamber choir, and was delighted to return to Maynooth College in March 2001 to sing the soprano solo in the Bach St Matthew Passion.
Róisín has toured and recorded with several international acts over the years, including "Riverdance - the show", Anúna, and Liam Lawton, not to mention numerous other freelance projects, recordings, and film scores.
Róisíns time with Anúna (1994 - 2000) was spent travelling extensively to such locations as Europe, Canada, and Morocco, and collaborating with such diverse artists as The Chieftains, Michael Crawford, and Secret Garden. Róisín was also featured as a soloist on a number of albums with Anúna such as "Behind the Closed Eye" and "Deep Dead Blue".
Roisin toured with Fr Liam Lawton as a featured soloist from 1995 - 2002 taking in several Irish tours, as well as a series of concerts in Sweden and the USA. She has been principal female soloist on three of his most celebrated albums, "Light the Fire", "Sacred Story", and "Ancient Ways Future Days".
Roisin Dempsey – Spirit Of An Irish Christmas (TARACD
"This CD arrived with perfect timing for Christmas, but sadly not for publication date as last Christmas will just be a fading memory by the time you read this review. But its never too early for this year
This is a straightforward album of traditional Christmas music, songs and carols. No individual tracks stand out they are all good but what will amaze you is Róisíns crystal clear voice. This is her first solo recording although she was a member of Anúna for six years and has worked with The Chieftains as well as touring with Riverdance.
The album is given an Irish flavour by surprisingly but very effectively adding tunes to the end of well known carols, so, for example, Good King Wenceslas (sung as usual to the mediaeval Finnish tune Tempus Adest Floridum) flows into a reel, Christmas Eve. Don Oiche Úd i mBeithil and the Wexford Carol ensure a truly Irish Christmas experience.
Now about this years Christmas shopping, as well as this
album you might want to look at Taras impressive catalogue with
Stocktons Wing, Planxty, Christy Moore, Nollaig Casey, Andy
Irvine, Davy Spillane and The Voice Squad among their artists."