Strange Wonders – Caitríona O’Leary

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    Strange Wonders, The Wexford Carols, Vol. II, brings together folk, classical and traditional music luminaries to present more of Ireland’s greatest Christmas music.

    Produced by Ethan Johns featuring vocals by Caitriona O’Leary, Seth Lakeman, John Smith, Clara Sanabras & Stile Antico with Instrumentalists Alison Balsom, Olov Johansson, Simone Collavecchi & Others.

    The Wexford Carols are Ireland’s greatest Christmas music and perhaps the most important body of Christmas carols in English yet to be introduced to the public. In 2014 Heresy Records released The Wexford Carols to international acclaim. The album reached #1 on both the Billboard and Amazon charts. The first Wexford Carols release focused on the well-known episodes of the Christmas story and took a stylistic approach that integrated Irish traditional music with Americana.

    Strange Wonders, The Wexford Carols Vol. II, presents the highly anticipated follow-up album. This new album features 11 carols from the Waddinge and Deveraux collections that focus on the spiritual and mystical aspects of the Christmas story and also some less familiar aspects of this narrative including carols about the lives of saints whose feast days fall within the 12 days of Christmas (24th December 6th January). These includes carols on St. Stephen, St. John, St. Sylvester and the Holy Innocents.

    Musicians: Caitríona O’Leary (voice/arranger), Seth Lakeman (voice, fiddle, viola), Clara Sanabras (voice, baroque guitar), John Smith (voice, guitar), Stile Antico (Choir), Alison Balsom (trumpet), Olov Johannson (nyckelharapa), Simone Collavechi (lute), Deirdre O’Leary (clarinet), Mel Mercier (percussion), Ethan Johns (harmonium), John Hearne (baroque bassoon).

    Track Listing:

    1. Ye Sons of Men
    2. The Darkest Midnight in December
    3. This Great Mysterie (aka This Christmas Day you Pray Me Sing)
    4. On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
    5. The Night of the Nativity
    6. St. Stephen had an Angel’s Face
    7. On St. Stephens Day (aka This is St. Stephen’s Day)
    8. A Carol for St. John’s Day
    9. Hail Ye Flowers of Martyrs
    10. This Feast of St. Sylvester
    11. The Enniscorthy Christmas Carol