West of Eden | A Celtic Christmas

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A Celtic Christmas

by West of Eden

Looking for a Christmas album that truly touches your soul? This is it! From ancient Celtic Christmas hymns to modern folk classics, this is West of Eden at their best! "Innovative, imaginative, lyrical, melodic, and inspirational" (Folk & Roots)
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. A Place By the Tree
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2. The Wexford Carol
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3. The Wren In the Furze (feat. Haga Motet Choir)
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4. Christ Child's Lullaby (feat. Valentina Lorenz Cammans)
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5. Good King Wenceslas / Christmas Eve (feat. Róisín Dempsey)
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6. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In (feat. Haga Motet Choir)
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7. In the Bleak Midwinter
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8. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (feat. Haga Motet Choir)
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9. And Then Snow Fell (feat. Haga Motet Choir)
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10. Dún Oiche Ud i mBeithil (feat. Róisín Dempsey)
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11. The Coventry Carol (feat. Róisín Dempsey & Haga Motet Choir)
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12. The Wexford Carol (feat. Róisín Dempsey & Haga Motet Choir)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
West of Eden is a Swedish band that for a decade has thrilled audiences with their unique Celtic folkrock.

The highest of songwriting standards combined with the extraordinary voice of singer Jenny Schaub has earned them a solid reputation amongst critics around the globe. With six brilliant albums under their belt the band has now got used to being called “Simply phenomenal” (Rock ‘n’ Reel). “Masters of their genre” (UNT) and “The best of contemporary folk in a Celtic idiom” (Irish Music Magazine)!

West of Eden has toured Ireland, Benelux and Scandinavia. The band has played at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, and performed in 2009 a multi-media concert together with members of the Swedish National Orchestra at the Concert Hall in Gothenburg.

Other collaborations throughout the years have featured Scandinavian Strings, Irish flute player Steph Geremia and John McGlynn & Róisín Dempsey from Anúna, who have performed with West of Eden at their annual sold out “Celtic Christmas”-concerts. A recording of the 2009 concerts resulted in a stunning Christmas album released this year.

Going to a West of Eden concert, you are sure to be amazed at how the band with ease throw them selves between intimate acoustic storytelling, traditional tunes and catchy uplifting folkrock. A truly fantastic live band!

Swedish by birth they may be, but in heart and soul they are definitely Celtic!


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Joe Ross

Thematic holiday project reaps bountiful rewards
I really like West of Eden's sound, choice of material & arrangements ... the charming band (from Sweden) is a six-piece, but on this album the group is also supplemented with David Stiernholm (whistle), Roisin Dempsey (vocals), Valentina Lorenz Cammans (Celtic harp), and the Haga Motet Choir conducted by Ulrike Heider. "A Celtic Christmas" is a special treat to enjoy as the smooth vocals enrapture us. At the same time, their inspirational arrangements are dynamic with plenty of innovation and imagination. Let’s not forget their very strong material and musicianship too. I wish that I could catch the show live (performed annually since about 2008). This album was actually recorded live in the Annedal Church, Gottenburg, Sweden on 12-13 Dec 2009 ... and then released in late 2010. Thus, it also captures the excitement and energy of the moment before a live audience. I need to learn "The Wren in the Furze," a very cute, funny little tune sung here by Martin Schaub. Apparently, their arrangement of the song comes from Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains. Besides their own inspiration, they get it from other various sources. Some of their other arrangements (e.g. Good King Wenceslas/Christmas Eve, In the Bleak Midwinter, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen) are attributed to the likes of David Hayes, Shawn Colvin, and David Wilcox. Despite a little annoying applause between the songs, this album quickly became one of our family's favorite holiday albums. Eden is a paradise full of joy and happiness. Just West of Eden, you find well-produced and arranged music of this group from Sweden that has developed a personalized signature contemporary folk sound with Celtic expression. As with their other releases, this thematic holiday project reaps bountiful rewards with quality music that has broad appeal. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)