A Christmas Celebration

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A Christmas Celebration
Celtic Woman- A Christmas Celebration.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 October 2006
Recorded2006
StudioWindmill Lane Studios, RTÉ Studio 1, Dublin, Ireland
GenreCeltic, new-age, classical, Christmas
LanguageEnglish, Irish, Latin
LabelManhattan
ProducerDavid Downes
Celtic Woman chronology
Celtic Woman
(2005)
A Christmas Celebration
(2006)
A New Journey
(2007)

A Christmas Celebration is the second studio album released by the group Celtic Woman.

Background[edit]

A Christmas Celebration was recorded in and released worldwide on 3 October 2006. The album, like the group's self-titled debut album, was produced and arranged by David Downes and features vocalists Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, with violinist Máiréad Nesbitt.

In response to the reception earned for their following album, PBS concert special and DVD release A New Journey, a one-off live performance took place on 18 July 2007 at the Helix Theatre in Dublin, Ireland – the same location where the recording for the accompanying PBS concert special and DVD release for the group's debut album was held back in 2004. The concert began airing on PBS and was released on DVD in November 2007.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Note: All songs traditional, arranged by David Downes unless where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."O Holy Night" Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Lisa Kelly, Máiréad Nesbitt, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha04:25
2."Away in a Manger" Fallon02:31
3."Ding Dong! Merrily on High" Agnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha02:47
4."White Christmas"Irving BerlinAgnew, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha03:22
5."Silent Night" Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha03:25
6."Christmas Pipes"Brendan GrahamAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha03:52
7."The Christmas Song"Robert Wells, Mel TorméKelly03:36
8."Carol of the Bells" Nesbitt02:19
9."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Ralph Blane, Hugh MartinAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha02:27
10."Panis Angelicus" Agnew03:56
11."Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil (That Night in Bethlehem)" Agnew, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha02:44
12."O Come All Ye Faithful" Agnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha03:51
13."The Little Drummer Boy" Agnew, Fallon03:47
14."The Wexford Carol" Ní Mhaolchatha03:04
15."Let it Snow!" (Special bonus track)Jule Styne, Sammy CahnAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha02:31
Bonus track on Japanese edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
16."Beyond The Sea" (30-second commercial version)Albert Lasry, Charles Trenet, Jack LawrenceAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha00:40
DVD
No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Carol of the Bells" Agnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
2."Silent Night" Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
3."White Christmas"Irving BerlinAgnew, Kelly, Ní Mhaolchatha 
4."Away in a Manger" Fallon 
5."Ding Dong! Merrily on High" Agnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
6."The Little Drummer Boy" Agnew, Fallon 
7."The Christmas Song"Robert Wells, Mel TorméKelly 
8."In the Bleak Midwinter" Nesbitt 
9."The First Noël" Agnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
10."The Wexford Carol" Ní Mhaolchatha 
11."Christmas Pipes"Brendan GrahamAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
12."O Holy Night" Agnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
13."Panis Angelicus" Agnew 
14."Green the Whole Year 'Round"David Downes, Shay HealyKelly 
15."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Ralph Blane, Hugh MartinAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
16."Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil (That Night in Bethlehem)" Agnew, Fallon, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
17."O Come All Ye Faithful" Agnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 
18."Let it Snow!"Jule Styne, Sammy CahnAgnew, Fallon, Kelly, Nesbitt, Ní Mhaolchatha 

Personnel[edit]

Celtic Woman[edit]

Band[edit]

Aontas Choral Ensemble[edit]

  • Rosemary Collier – director

The Irish Film Orchestra[edit]

  • John Page – conductor
  • Alan Smale – concertmaster

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Music Box[2]

Chart history[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 83
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[4] 83
US Billboard 200[5] 35
US World Albums (Billboard)[6] 1
Chart (2007)[7] Peak
position
Billboard Catalog Albums 3
Billboard Holidays Albums 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[8] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celtic Woman Returns with A Christmas Celebration Live From Dublin DVD". World Music Central. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  2. ^ The Music Box review
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Celtic Woman – A Christmas Celebration" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  4. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Celtic Woman – A Christmas Celebration". Hung Medien.
  5. ^ "Celtic Woman Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Celtic Woman Chart History (World Albums)". Billboard.
  7. ^ A Christmas Celebration - Celtic Woman
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 DVDs" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Celtic Woman – A Christmas Celebration". Recording Industry Association of America.