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The twelve bells of Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin are the inspiration for this CD. The bells are rung twice every Sunday, and on special occasions such as the inauguration of the president, or ringing in the New Year. Essentially a Christmas album, this 1991 release features performances by an extraordinary cast of guest musicians sitting in with The Chieftains.
Highlights include "The Wren in The Furze", composed and sung by The Chieftains' own Kevin Conneff, and Elvis Costello's passionate vocal on "The St. Stephen's Day Murders". However, the most moving song on THE BELLS OF DUBLIN is Rickie Lee Jones's version of "O Holy Night". Her low, restrained singing style is entrancing, even sultry. At the song's climax, the sudden conviction of her voice is startling. All the instrumental work on this CD is top-notch, validating traditional Irish music, and making it accessible to modern ears.

Track Listings
Discs 1
1)Bells Of Dublin
2)Past Three O'clock
3)St Stephen's Day Murders
4)Il Est Ne/Ca Berger
5)Don Oiche Ud I MBeithill
6)I Saw Three Ships A Sailing
7)Breton Carol
8)Carol's Medley (((i) O the holly she bears a berry (ii) God rest ye merry gentlemen (iii) Boars head)
9)Wexford Carol
10)Rebel Jesus
11)Skyline Jig
12)Medley/The Wren The Wren (Arrival of the wren boys)

  • Irish
  • Xmas
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