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Heresy Records has released this fantastic video about The Wexford Carols, featuring Caitríona O'Leary, Eric Fraad, Sir Tom Jones and Rosanne Cash talking about how the project came about and why it matters.

Heresy is about to release their recent recording of the beautiful carols on 4 November. They represent Ireland’s greatest home-grown Christmas music and perhaps the last major collection of folk carols in English yet to be recorded and introduced to the public.

The album is the result of O'Leary's long-held fascination with these songs, and her investigation and into this rich tradition. Her research unearthed many of the original melodies to the still-extant lyrics, melodies believed forever lost to time.

 

Heresy Records has released this fantastic video about The Wexford Carols, featuring Caitríona O'Leary, Eric Fraad, Sir Tom Jones and Rosanne Cash talking about how the project came about and why it matters.

Heresy is about to release their recent recording of the beautiful Wexford Carols on 4 November. The carols represent Ireland’s greatest home-grown Christmas music and perhaps the last major collection of folk carols in English yet to be recorded and introduced to the public.

 

 

 

The album is the result of O'Leary's long-held fascination with the carols, and her investigation and into this rich tradition. Her research unearthed many of the original melodies to the still-extant lyrics, melodies believed forever lost to time.

These sublime songs, composed in post-Cromwellian Ireland, a time when the Catholic population suffered harsh religious persecution and severe hardship, formed the basis of a long-standing tradition of carol singing in The Wexford Carols express religious, metaphysical, social and political ideas used to tell the Story of Christmas. Through highly descriptive and deeply felt poetry the carols depict the Prophecy, the Annunciation, Mary and Joseph’s Journey to Bethlehem, the Birth of Jesus in the Stable, the Star, the Angels and Shepherds, the Three Wise Men, the Flight to Egypt and the Slaughter of the Innocents. The carols are emotionally expansive and explore a wide range of feeling moving from a lament on the prohibition of the Mass in 1678, to a philosophical mediation on the reconciliation of opposites, to an exuberant celebration of Christmas.

The Wexford Carols was recorded between the 21st and 25th of July 2014 at Grouse Lodge Studios, an isolated residential recording studio deep in the countryside of County Westmeath, Ireland. The area is known for its ancient historic and mythic connections and was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland.

 

www.thewexfordcarols.com

 

THE WEXFORD CAROLS

Caitríona O’Leary –Voice

Rhiannon Giddens – Voice, Fiddle, Minstrel Banjo

Rosanne Cash – Voice

Tom Jones – Voice

 

Adrian Hart – Fiddle

Eamonn de Barra – Flute, Whistle

John Smith – Voice, Guitar, Mandola

Dónal Lunny – Bouzuki

Kate Ellis – Cello

Greg Cohen – Double Bass

Mel Mercier – Bodhrán, Bones

Graham Hopkins – Voice, Drums

 

Joe Henry, Producer

Ryan Freeland, Recording Engineer, Mix and Master


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