Annotation

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* On tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 12 Brian Hughes performs guitar synthesizer (electric guitar has been used instead).

Annotation last modified on 2009-03-03 01:02 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 The Holly & The Ivy 4 4:50
2 Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle 3 3:06
3 The Seven Rejoices of Mary 5 4:34
4 Noël Nouvelet ! 3 5:12
5 Good King Wenceslas 3 3:17
6 Coventry Carol 3 2:19
7 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Abdelli version) 4 7:20
8 Snow 4 5:06
9 Breton Carol 3 3:30
10 Seeds of Love 4 4:54
11 Gloucestershire Wassail 2 2:39
12 Emmanuel 4 4:55
13 In the Bleak Midwinter 4 2:44

Credits

CD 1

acoustic guitar:
Dan Ar Braz (track 5)
Aidan Brennan (tracks 5, 8, 10)
acoustic guitar and electric guitar:
Brian Hughes (guitarist) (tracks 1, 6–10, 12–13)
violin:
Hugh Marsh (tracks 1–10, 12–13)
Waiel Abo Baker Ali (tracks 5, 7)
cello:
Caroline Lavelle (tracks 1–4, 7–10, 12–13)
acoustic bass guitar and electric bass guitar:
Simon Edwards (bassist) (tracks 1, 3, 9, 13)
tabla:
Donald Quan (tracks 4, 7)
hurdy gurdy:
Ben Grossman (track 1)
hurdy gurdy and percussion:
Ben Grossman (tracks 2, 4)
strings:
Simon Edwards (bassist) (track 4)
viola:
Donald Quan (tracks 1–3, 9–10, 12–13)
whistle:
Robert A. White (track 8)
mbira:
Simon Edwards (bassist) (track 2)
mandola:
Abdelli (track 7)
double bass:
George Koller (tracks 5, 7–8, 10)
electric guitar and Irish bouzouki:
Brian Hughes (guitarist) (track 4)
percussion:
Ben Grossman (track 9)
Rick Lazar (tracks 2, 4–5, 7–8)
Hossam Ramzy (tracks 5, 7)
keyboard:
Loreena McKennitt (tracks 10, 12)
piano:
Loreena McKennitt (track 1)
shawm:
Robert A. White (track 7)
laouto [greek lute]:
laouto [greek lute] and lyre:
accordion:
Loreena McKennitt (tracks 2, 4)
Donald Quan (tracks 5, 8)
accordion and harp:
Loreena McKennitt (track 3)
Irish bouzouki:
Brian Hughes (guitarist) (tracks 2–3)
uilleann pipes and whistle:
Robert A. White (tracks 5, 10)
harp:
Loreena McKennitt (tracks 5–6, 8–9, 13)
additional editor:
Stuart Bruce (track 10)
additional engineer:
Russell Kearney (tracks 5, 7–8, 10)
Brad Nelson (tracks 5, 7–8, 10)
Mark Peters (engineer) (tracks 5, 7–8, 10)
Robin Baynton (2008-06-15 – 2008-06-25) (tracks 1–4, 9, 11–13)
Adam Daniels (2008-06-15 – 2008-06-25) (tracks 1–4, 9, 11–13)
Greg Freeman (US sound engineer & bass player) (2008-06-15 – 2008-06-25) (tracks 1–4, 9, 11–13)
additional lyricist:
Loreena McKennitt (track 1)
additional mixer:
Stuart Bruce (track 10)
additional recording engineer:
Jeff Wolpert (track 6)
arranger:
Loreena McKennitt (tracks 2–7, 9, 11–13)
Thomas Helmore (track 12)
Thomas Helmore (1853) (track 5)
assistant producer:
Brian Hughes (guitarist) (tracks 5–6, 8, 10)
assistant recording engineer:
Russell Kearney (tracks 5, 8, 10)
background vocals:
Abdelli (track 7)
composer:
Loreena McKennitt (tracks 1, 8, 10)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 2–4, 6–7, 9, 11–12)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (1201 – 1301) (track 5)
Gustav Holst (1906) (track 13)
lead vocals:
Loreena McKennitt (tracks 1, 3–8, 10–12)
Bob Berry (Folk singer) (track 11)
Gill Berry (track 11)
Bernard Coulter (track 11)
Ellen Robotham (track 11)
Philippa Toulson (track 11)
Eddie Upton (track 11)
lyricist:
Archibald Lampman (track 8)
Christina Rossetti (track 13)
John Mason Neale (1853) (track 5)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (tracks 1–3, 6–7, 10–11)
mixer:
Stuart Bruce (2008-06-15 – 2008-06-25) (tracks 1–4, 9, 11–13)
Jeff Wolpert (tracks 5–8, 10)
producer:
Loreena McKennitt (tracks 5–6, 8, 10)
recording engineer:
Theo Mondle (1994-12-02) (track 6)
Stuart Bruce (1995-07-20 – 1995-07-22) (tracks 5, 7–8, 10)
Stuart Bruce (2008-06-15 – 2008-06-25) (tracks 1–4, 9, 11–13)
translator:
mixed at:
Metalworks Studios (Studio, Mississauga, ON) in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (tracks 5–6, 8, 10)
recorded at:
KCRW Studios in Santa Monica, California, United States (1994-12-02) (track 6)
Real World Studios in Box, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom (1995-07-20 – 1995-07-22) (tracks 5, 8, 10)
Real World Studios in Box, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom (2008-06-15 – 2008-06-25) (track 11)
part of:
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 209) (order: 108) (track 11)
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 278) (order: 137) (track 3)
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 394) (order: 167) (track 7)
arrangement of:
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (unknown version) (track 12)
arrangements:
Coventry Carol (Nox Arcana arrangement) (track 6)
Coventry Carol (arr. Warland) (track 6)
Coventry Carol (arranged by Rathbone) (track 6)
Coventry Carol (Martin Shaw arrangement) (track 6)
Coventry Carol (Steve Pilkington arrangement) (track 6)
Coventry Carol (arr. Powell) (track 6)
Coventry Carol (David Willcocks arrangement) (track 6)
Deadly Gentlemen (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Ralph Carmichael instrumental arrangement) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (arr. Aly and AJ) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (arr. Scott Kritzer) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Trans‐Siberian Orchestra arrangement) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Willan arrangement) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. Geoffrey Keating) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. Willcocks) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. John Høybye) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Mariah Carey arrangement) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Mannheim Steamroller arrangement) (track 7)
God rest ye merry, gentlemen (arr. Sirett) (track 7)
Good King Wenceslas (Reginald Jaques arrangement) (track 5)
In the Bleak Midwinter (Holst arr. Gjeilo) (track 13)
In the Bleak Midwinter (arr. Betinis) (track 13)
Noël Nouvelet (arr. Humphris) (track 4)
is based on:
Cranham (hymn tune) (track 13)
is the basis for:
A Star to Follow (track 7)
Good King Joy (track 5)
Handel’s Torch (track 7)
Now the green blade rises (Hymn) (track 4)
PDX-mas Carol (track 7)
Take a Break Guys (track 7)
The Happy Song (track 5)
Word that formed creation, earth and sea and sky (Hymn set to tune 'Noel Nouvelet') (track 4)
later parody versions:
later translated versions:
later versions:
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (arr. Ian Anderson) (track 7)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Nox Arcana arrangement) (track 7)
In the Bleak Midwinter (arr. Bradley Ellingboe) (track 13)
Magical World (track 11)
Noel Nouvelet (track 4)
part of:
recording of:
Breton Carol (track 9)
Coventry Carol (track 6)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (traditional, no arrangement credits here) (track 7)
In the Bleak Midwinter (Gustav Holst version) (track 13)
Noël nouvelet (track 4)
O come, O come, Emmanuel (Hymn) (track 12)
Seeds of Love (track 10)
Snow (track 8)
Gloucestershire Wassail (2008-06-15 – 2008-06-25) (track 11)
referred to in medleys:
A Christmas Festival (tracks 5, 7)
Christmas Collage (order: 2) (track 7)
Megamix 2 (It Must Be Christmas) (order: 2) (track 11)
Megamix 4 (It Must Be Christmas) (order: 2) (track 5)
Mix 4 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (order: 2) (track 7)
Megamix 4 (It Must Be Christmas) (order: 4) (track 7)
Noëls pour cordes (order: 6) (track 7)
version of:
Dives and Lazarus (track 3)
In the Bleak Midwinter (poem) (track 13)

Release

design/illustration:John Nobrega
graphic design:De St. Croix & Associates Ltd.
additional producer:Brian Hughes (guitarist)
producer:Loreena McKennitt
mastering:Bob Ludwig (mastering engineer)