Trina L Short (trinalin) wrote,
Trina L Short

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Seven Christmas Songs I Love (Plus 2) - Part 8

Well, this is the post where I deviate from gregmce's original Seven Christmas Songs I Love theme - song 8 (with song 9 to finish things tomorrow). And today's song highlights another group that I associate with Christmas: The Chieftains.

I believe that I bought The Bells of Dublin because I wanted to hear what Irish Christmas music was like. (This was still back in the BMG days when I was doing some heavy experimentation with CDs.) And I quickly fell in love with the album, starting with the chorus of church bells at the beginning, tumbling through "Il Est Né/Ca Berger" and "A Breton Carol" and finishing with a choral rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful." But the Christmas Song that I Love from this album, is "O The Holly She Bears a Berry."

This song is basically the "Sans Day Carol" which has some similar elements to the more well-known carol "The Holly and the Ivy." It's often hard for me to decide if I prefer the Chieftains' version or King's College Choirs' "Sans Day." And of course, if I extended my list to 15 songs, "Holly/Ivy" would make it to the list. But I decided for the sake of this list, I hadn't gotten to gush about the Chieftains' Christmas album yet, and so picked their version.

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