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Cold Fusion (Celtic Christmas)

by FiddleSticks

Celtic fusion Christmas music, Scottish, Irish, and new American, with some Hanukkah tunes included for good measure
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Christ Child Lullaby/The Black Dress
3:20 $0.99
2. What Child Is This/Greensleeves Jig/Green Garters
4:18 $0.99
3. Gloucestershire Wassail/Planxty Fanny Power/Charming Katy
4:21 $0.99
4. Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella/Maggie Brown's Jig
3:26 $0.99
5. Good King Wenceslas/Wenceslas Reel
3:34 $0.99
6. Baloo Loo Lammy/The Jolly Clam Diggers
4:43 $0.99
7. Wexford Carol
4:48 $0.99
8. Our Savior Thee/Christmasse Comes but Once A Year/The Ale Is Dea
5:23 $0.99
9. Polka Mazurka/Ladino Hanuka/Pitkhu Li
5:29 $0.99
10. O Hanukkah/Freilach No. 5
6:38 $0.99
11. Away in a Manger/Amazing Grace/The Laird o'Cockpen
6:03 $0.99
12. Auld Lang Syne/Eureka Freaka/Mom's Jig
5:18 $0.99
13. Misha's Merry Melody/Joy to the World
4:31 $0.99
14. Drummer Boys
1:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cold Fusion is FiddleSticks' celebration of the music that brightens the Christmas season. The Cold Fusion that we bring you here isn't the long-sought discovery of perpetual energy, but still we hope that our particular "fusion" of various carols, tunes, musical styles and traditions will provide a welcome kind of energy of its own to warm the cold winter season.

Our musical interweavings are of many types on this collection: we have sometimes played contrasting tunes together, sometimes joined like with like; we've taken old carols and merged them with resonant Celtic or traditional American (or newly written) tunes or songs; we've taken new tunes and given them a festive wintery context; and we have given familiar tunes some very unfamiliar twists. We've brought African percussion into some of the tunes and jazz bass into others. And we've included two of our favorite Hanukkah songs in our collection.

Like everything we do, the music on this album evolved as we have performed and played together. Often the tune matches were unplanned or accidental -- two people playing independently and discovering that the tunes "work" together. While other tunes seem to be natural allies, some ideas started almost as "dares" -- "I bet you can't make that work minor, or in mixolydian!" The arrangements, as always with FiddleSticks, have been developed by group effort, normally more an improvisation than a formal arranging session -- sometimes even occurring on stage in a moment of irresistible (but potentially startling) creativity. We like to feel that the music is there for us to discover and develop, but it's not really our invention.

May our musical Cold Fusion give you some of the warm holiday cheer we have enjoyed in bringing together this collection.



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Elliott Craynor

Cold Fusion
This is my number one CD i go to, to listen to christmas music.

The Pirate King

A welcome break from your other Yuletide CDs
"Hey, you got your Christmas album in my Celtic folk!" "You got your Celtic folk in my Christmas album!"


No joke, the FiddleSticks sound adapts itself very well to holiday music. Carols both familiar and less so have attractive, unusual arrangements, and the few Hanukkah tracks on the album are very appealing.

The lead singer of Fiddlesticks has a distinctive sound that Utah folkies will probably recognize as the "Mormon corridor voice"--breathy and just a touch nasal, but clear as a bell. She and her siblings and dad are no slouches in the music department. Give it a listen.