||When A Child is Born
||Hodie Christus / God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
||Dun Oiche Ud i mBeithil
||Good King Wenceslas
||The Sans Day Carol (The Holly Bears a Berry)
||What Child is This?
||Deck The Halls / Utterns Polska
||O Holy Night
||The Wexford Carol
of an Irish Christmas
Róisin Dempsey (lead vocal)
Nicky Baily (Drums & Percussion)
David Hayes (Keyboards, Backing Vocal)
Declan Masterson (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Low Whistle, Bouzouki)
Nigel Davey (Box Accordion)
Colm O'Tiarnaigh (violin, Viola)
John McLoughlin (Classical and String Guitars)
Produced by David Hayes
Recorded, mixed and mastered at The Cauldron Studios, Dublin by Ciaran
Design and photography by Paul Carter
Programme notes by John Paul Sheridan
A huge thank you to a fantastic band, for your input,
your amazing playing and the craic.
To Marie & Colm, Méav & Tom, Jacqui,
Fr. JohnPaul, Fr. John Sweetman, JJ Stephen & Penny, Rob &
Kendall, Shelia, Brian and Bernie for their wise words.
To Mammy and Daddy, Susan, Margaret, Pat and Seamus
for the years of love and listening
To my husband Nicky, who made me believe.
1. When A Child is Born (dedicated
This song, written by Zacar / Jay was made famous by Jonny
Mathis, in 1976 it spent twelve weeks in the charts and three weeks
at number one. It was recorded by Boney-M in 1980 and has remained
a favourite ever since.
2. Hodie Christmas / God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
"Today Christ is Born; today the saviour has approached, today
the angels sing on earth, the archangels rejoice, today good people
exult, saying Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia!" followed
by a hynoptic arrangement of this traditional English melody.
3. Dun Oiche Ud i mBeithil
Trad. Irish, adapted by Sean Óg O'Tuama.
"I sing of a night in Bethlehem, a night as bright as dawn
I sing of that night in Bethlehem, the night the Word was born.
Glory now to the Father, in all the heavens high
and peace to his friends on earth below, is all the angels cry"
4. Good King Wenceslas / Christmas Eve
John Mason Neale set this text, vaguely based on the life of the Duke
of Bohemia in the 900's, called Wenceslas, to a 14th Century tune.
The addition of the reel, Christmas Eve on uilleann pipes, adds a
new twist to the story.
5. Nella Fantasia
This beautiful tune is very well known from Ennio Morrione's "The
Mission". The lyrics, added by Chiara Ferrau at a later date
are similar in sentiment to John Lennon's "Imagine".
6. The Sans Day Carol (The Holly Bears a Berry)
This traditional carol from the village of St. Day, in Cornwall. It
is better known by its more popular name, 'The Holly Bears a Berry'
7. Ave Maria
Caccini was an Italian composer in the 1500's. This setting of the
Ave Maria was recently brought back into popular realm by Andrea Bocelli.
8. What Child is This?
This melody, "Greensleeves", is traditionally thought to
be composed by Henry VIII, as a tribute to Anne Boleyn. The accompanying
lyrics were written by William Chatterlon Dix in the 1890's.
9. Deck The Halls / Utterns Polska
Deck the halls is a traditional Welsh Carol, with a game attached,
to be played on New Year's Eve. The addition of the Swedish Utterns
Polska adds to the festive sound.
10. O Holy Night
This carol is said to be the first music ever broadcast on radio.
The text was originally written in French by Placide Clappeax and
the melody by Adolphe Adams.
11. The Wexford Carol
The Wexford Carol is associated with William Grattan Ford (1859 -
1928), who was organist and musical director at St. Aidian's Cathedral
in Enniscorthy. He transcribed the carol from a local singer, and
had it published in the Oxford book of carols, putting Enniscorthy
into most carol books around the world.
All arrangements by David Hayes except
(9) arr. Kalle Moraeus/Bengan Jasson and (10) arr. Robbie Kondor