Celtic Christmas Music
Christmas is nearing and the Christmas music is already playing in every store and all over the radio. It gets earlier and earlier each, but it should come to no surprise that this is also the season of Celtic Christmas music. New Celtic Christmas CDs will pop up all over the world. Like all Christmas music some of them are fantastic, others, not so much.
Despite the growing number of Celtic Christmas CDs, some forget that Christmas is not naturally a Celtic holiday. There is no Celtic Christmas music that evolved outside of Wales, from which we get the carol.
But that doesn't stop the Celts from reinventing the tradition or from celebrating Christmas as Yule, the Winter Solstice, or just as a good old fashioned Christmas
This great homogenization of Christmas allows Celts all around the world to feel great about celebrating their own Celtic Christmas and to create a pleathora of Celtic Christmas music CDs.
Celtic Christmas Music CDs
As I said, there is a lot of Celtic Christmas music out there. You only have to look to find some. I created a gallery of Celtic Christmas CDs on CD Baby, the number one independent CD store. The gallery features an amazing assortment of Celtic Christmas, Yule, and Winter Solstice CDs. Here is a small sampling of those. But pick a style of Celtic music and you will find a corresponding Celtic Christmas variety--Celtic folk, trad Celtic, Celtic Rock, bagpipes, New Age. It's all there.
Now if you're in the market for some great Celtic music, check out the Celtic Music CD Store. This independent Celtic CD store sells through CD Baby, and it features some of the best independent Celtic music online.
Celtic Christmas Traditions
Although Christmas was not originally a Celtic Tradition. It has blended with the Celtic culture, and new Celtic Christmas traditions have evolved:
My Celtic Christmas Music
In 2005, the Brobdingnagian Bards, recorded Christmas in Brobdingnag. The album features only five songs, but it highlighted the fun that shot the Brobdingnagian Bards to the top of the charts on the late, great MP3.com and all over the net. It also showcases a contemporary Christmas music tradition of writing original Celtic Christmas songs.
I have released two original Celtic Christmas songs: "Christmas in Scotland" and "Celtic Christmas Elf Conscription Song", plus a lullaby-style version of "Silent Night". You can find links to all of them on my Celtic Christmas page.
I hope to one-day record a full-length, solo Celtic Christmas album featuring my personal favorite Christmas songs. But that will have to wait for now.
In 2013, I released A Celtic Christmas as a compilation CD.
In 2014, I released my first full-length Christmas album called Celtic Christmas Greetings. You can subscribe to a free podcast that talks about how the album was made using the links below:
Celtic Christmas Radio
In addition to being a Celtic musician, I host the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. The show features a ton of independent Celtic music and is one of the top 20 music podcasts on iTunes. To say it is hugely popular is an understatement.
Each year, I do a special feature on Celtic Christmas music. The show is typically an hour-long show. You can listen to it at your leisure and find your new favorite Celtic Christmas music artists.
You can also find more downloadable Celtic Christmas Music specials through the Celtic Christmas Podcast. This podcast features Celtic Christmas music and culture from most of the Celtic podcasts online.
There is a ton of great Celtic Christmas music out there. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Keep an eye open and please let me know if you find a great Celtic Christmas CD that I should add to the list.
Happy Holidays! Slainte!