CAITRÍONA O’LEARY – THE WEXFORD CAROLS featuring Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash & Rhiannon Giddens

The Wexford Carols

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“Somber, awe-struck carols” – The New York Times

“Easily the year’s most ambitious undertaking” – The Los Angeles Times

“Ancient yet familiar” – USA Today

“Intense and moving” – The Irish Times

“Compelling, haunting in it’s timeless beauty” – International Record Review

“The sounds captivate the ear” – Facts & Arts

“Every track deserves to be heard by a wide audience” – Early Music Today

“The band is impeccable as is the quality of the voices and the recording” – La Presse (Montreal, Canada)

“Hands down my favorite of 2014” – Beatrice.com

THE WEXFORD CAROLS featuring Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash & Rhiannon Giddens

Starring the celebrated Irish singer Caitríona O’Leary and featuring Grammy winners Sir Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash and Rhiannon Giddens, The Wexford Carols presents Ireland’s greatest Christmas music (much of it for the first time) in a recording that magically blends a diversity of folk styles including traditional Irish, Americana, Blues and Gospel.

With lyrics by Luke Waddinge and William Devereux and set to popular tunes of the day, these musically sublime, spiritually rich, and emotionally powerful carols from the 17th and 18th centuries will give listeners a entirely new and compelling way to experience the story of Christmas.

The Wexford Carols was produced by four-time Grammy winner Joe Henry.

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TRACKLIST (61 minutes)

01 – Tell Shepherds – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
02 – An Angel This Night – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
03 – Jerusalem Our Happy Home – Tom Jones, Singer, Caitríona O’Leary & Rhiannon Giddens Backing Vocals
04 – This Is Our Christmass Day – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
05 – Now To Conclude Our Christmas Mirth – Rhiannon Giddens, Singer, Tom Jones & Caitríona O’Leary Backing Vocals
06 – The Darkest Midnight In December – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
07 – An Angel This Bright Midnight – Rosanne Cash, Caitríona O’Leary, John Smith, Graham Hopkins Vocals
08 – Behould Three Kings – Rosanne Cash, Singer, Caitríona O’Leary, John Smith, Graham Hopkins Backing Vocals
09 – The Angell Said To Joseph Mild – Tom Jones, Singer, Caitríona O’Leary, Rosanne Cash & Rhiannon Giddens, Backing Vocals
10 – A Virgin Queen In Bethlehem – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
11 – Christmas Day Is Come – Rhiannon Giddens & Caitríona O’Leary, Vocals
12 – The Enniscorthy Christmas Carol – Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Caitríona O’Leary, Tom Jones, Vocals

ARTISTS

Caitríona O’Leary –Voice
Tom Jones – Voice
Rosanne Cash – Voice
Rhiannon Giddens – Voice, Fiddle, Minstrel Banjo

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Adrian Hart – Fiddle
Eamonn de Barra – Flute, Whistle
John Smith –Guitar, Mandola, Voice
Dónal Lunny – Bouzuki
Kate Ellis – Cello
Greg Cohen – Double Bass
Mel Mercier – Bodhrán, Bones
Graham Hopkins –Drums, Voice

Joe Henry, Producer
Ryan Freeland, Recording Engineer, Mix and Master

Recorded 21st – 25th July 2014, Grouse Lodge Recording Studios, Westmeath, Ireland
Mixed and Mastered August – September 2014, Stampede Origin Studio, Culver City, California

Catalogue Number – Heresy 016

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