'CELTISH CHRISTMAS' is the first vocal album we have made together and is the fifth project to be recorded under our
'Sounds of Wonder' record label.
Traditional Christmas carols are given the full Celtic treatment with some new and alternative melodies thrown in to enhance the timeless poetry. Guest musicians Dave Bainbridge and Phil Hart add their talents to join in celebration of the Prince of Peace who 'came on earth to end all strife'.
This is probably the finest Christmas album I’ve listened to for a long, long time!.
As befits their name, Celtish have fused Celtic instrumentation and melodies into many of the favourite Christmas Carols that we all know and love. The result, given the incredible musicianship and arrangements on the project, is a wonderfully pleasing album that captures the sound of the season completely and should be the background to everyone’s Christmas this year!.
The musicianship is first class, not only from Nigel and Julie themselves, but also from the array of world class guest musicians like Dave Bainbridge, Terl Bryant and Phil Hart who have contributed to it. And the recording and mix is absolutely excellent.
It is rare, I think, these days, to find a seasonal album that is nothing more than a few old recordings cobbled together for a quick sale at Christmas. Not so here. This is undoubtedly a carefully and lovingly prepared and executed work of art with original ideas and beautiful music and mix.
The final track on the album is a little diversion for the team that may not be appreciated by everyone, but it underscores the family aspect of Christmas-time, so we can easily forgive that small indulgence
10 out of 10 and a must-have!!
Nigel & Julie were guest soloists at Epiphany's 'Christmas Classics' concert on 22nd Dec 2017