The Christmas Rose CD

The Christmas Rose CD

The Christmas Rose

Patrick Ball's holiday recording, The Christmas Rose, is a celebration of Christmas, with Celtic style and tradition. This assortment of favorite seasonal classics performed on the wire-strung Celtic harp reverberates with a crystalline, bell–like sound that recalls the crisp beauty of newly fallen snow glistening on a Christmas morning.

Ball performs his own festive arrangements on Celtic harp, occasionally joined by Irish penny whistles and the Irish uilleann bagpipes. The selections include God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The First Noel, and Auld Lang Syne. His delicate, deeply resonant renditions of What Child Is This? and Silent Night call forth the blessed stillness of that first Christmas eve, while his performances of less familiar carols like the fourteenth century French tune, Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella and the German canon, Give Us Peace, add to the sense of freshness and discovery in this sixteen piece collection.

"The story of Christmas is one of joy and hope," says Ball, "Joy that a Savior is born, and hope that His coming will bring us peace. It seems fitting then, that the Celtic harp should play the music of Christmas, for this legendary, brass–strung instrument has brought joy and hope to the Irish people for over a thousand years."

Patrick Ball

With a vast knowledge of folklore and music from the British Isles, Patrick Ball follows in the footsteps of his Celtic forebears. He laces his international performances with tales and whimsy from time immemorial, collecting anecdotes and music on numerous trips to the land of his ancestors. Patrick Ball calls Northern California his home and travels with a handmade, brass–strung harp, made by the master harp builder, Jay Witcher of Houlton, Maine.

Songs include:
God Rest Ye, Merry, Gentlemen • The First Noel • What Child Is This? • St. Basil’s Hymn • O Come, O Come Emmanuel • Silent Night • Oxen and Sheep - The Carol of the Birds • Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella • Dona Nobis Pacem • La Berceuse de Muffe - We Three Kings • Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head • The Gloucester Wassail - When Flowered ‘Midst the Snow • Auld Lang Syne

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