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What Child is This?

by Jim Bohn

Incredibly different yet faithful to the Christmas message. New Versions of Sacred Christmas Songs, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Moody Blues, a little George Winston, TransSiberian Orchestra and a big dose of Irish rock on the title cut.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O Come Immanuel
5:44 $0.29
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
0:46 $0.99
3. The First Noel (piano solo)
3:49 $0.75
4. Away in a Manger (guitar solo)
2:38 $0.99
5. Silent Night (Windy Hope)
5:35 $0.99
6. O Holy Night
1:34 $0.99
7. The First Noel (jazz version)
5:46 $0.29
8. Once in Royal David's City
2:54 $0.99
9. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
1:31 $0.99
10. What Child is This?
8:38 $0.75
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December 2008 Review By Catherine L. Tully - INDIE MUSIC.com

If you are looking for a Christmas music that is excellent and heartfelt, this is the CD. Jim Bohn brings his own unique style to songs such as "Away In A Manger" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," and it is really wonderful. Bohn's voice is smooth and sure and the music is terrific. The breathy, country version of "Silent Night" is a lovely addition to the lineup.

The songs are arranged so that you don't hear the same old thing, but rather a new phrase here and there -- a new interpretation. Different enough to be fresh, but not so out there as to be unrecognizable. The guitar features prominently and all the musicianship is top notch. His friends round out the album quite nicely with their talents.

"The First Noel" is a pretty piano piece that would suit anyone's taste -- one of my favorites on the CD. Gentle, yet emotional, it delivers. All nine tracks are worth listening to, and the album would make a lovely addition to any holiday event. Especially if you tire of the same old sounds.

Bohn contributes something new to the holiday. I'm planning on having it on in my house.

Indie-Music Profile

*** Great Christmas CD Featuring Windy Hope and Anna Bohn from Once The Sun.

Jim Bohn - What Child Is This? - Review: MUSIC MORSELS

Incredible musicianship and vocal work ranging from bluesy wail to stunning choral arrangements enhance this CD from Grafton, WI's multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jim Bohn. “O Come Emmanuel” takes you from a church-like setting to a back alley blues bar, with delicious guitar licks from Bohn. “Noel” is a marvelous piano opus. An absorbing collection proving how someone can use his talents to the fullest of his abilities to bring a little holiday cheer.


Everyone has heard the Christmas songs for so long, I wonder if we even hear the words at all! This CD was born out of a collaboration with my old fiddler friend Norbert Greis many years ago. We did Christmas concerts at various benefits, with just guitar and fiddle, and eventually stumbled on some very interesting melodies and arrangements of traditional Christmas songs.

Norb's melodies were particularly beautiful, so we added more ... drums, bass, electric guitar... the rest is history... for the Season of Christ's Incarnation.

This CD is a mixture of Moody Blues and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, along with a number of other styles...performed by these fine musicians and singers...

Windy Hope - Ozaukee Idol Winner 2007
Anna Bohn - Once-the-Sun
Michael Hecker - Hecker - Kelly Blues Explosion
Tom Port - Drummer for Herman's Hermits and other Internationally known bands
George Nestler Master Engineer- EXTRA FISH
Brian Blaszyck - Vocals
Ray Last - Vocals
Norbert Greis - Violin
Caitlin Last - Vocals



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Tracy Jane Comer

The cure for "Bah Humbug!"
I was having a touch of "Bah Humbug" this year (typical holiday stress), but this CD has cured me! Jim's Christmas collection is artistic and tasteful with lots of variety in texture and style, nicely produced and instantly engaging. These arrangements display Jim's talent and versatility and vision in new and unexpected ways, making me wonder what other surprises he might have in store for future projects! It will be getting many repeat spins.

Alaria Taylor

Guaranteed to thrill!
Spine tingling arrangements of Christmas songs you know and love...what could be better? I guarantee the title track "What Child Is This?" will thrill you and is worth the price of admission on it's own. Delicate fingerstyle guitar becomes hypnotizing Celtic rock. Finally, an angelic choir joins in for a magnificent finish ...be prepared to get the chills. Jim Bohn's voice has never sounded better... this is the music he was meant to sing. Beautiful instrumentals sprinkled throughout give this CD an excellent flow.

Buy this CD quickly! Better yet....buy a few to give as gifts. Your friends will thank you!

Kerry Smith

Really, really lovely
Over the years I've accumulated quite a few Christmas CD's--and now I can put them all away because this is the one I've been looking for! Jim Bohn and his fellow musicians take the beautiful traditional Christmas songs that we tend to take for granted, and turn them into something you've never heard before. The music is comfortable and familiar, yet energizing and soul stirring all at the same time. I keep it in the car and play it whenever I need to be reminded what this season is really all about.


Christmas in Ohio
Setting up Our Christmas decorations last weekend, the moment my hands touched the box containing my Nativity set, it became Christmas. Once that happened, my next step was to fill the house with the sounds of the season (and by fill I mean at blaring volume.) And one of the three Christmas Albums I own is this one. I place Mr. Bohn in lofty company, right alongside Mahalia Jackson and Mario Lanza. I'm not a real big fan of "shopping Mall" Christmas Music, and unfortunatly my kids find a gospel singer and an opera singer tough to take, but Jim Bohn's music is fresh and vibrant, so it's a winner with all 5 of us.
From his singing to his wonderul guitar work, the ability to surround himself with great musicians, the excellent female voices of Windy Hope and Anna Bohn, This CD is such a true gift at Christmastime.
I really can't say enough about it, other than if you don't have, you should get it.

Dave Mercier

What child is this
If you enjoy tje traditional songs played with a unique style you will really like this. This CD is great to sit and listen to in front of the fireplace and Christmas tree with a hot cup of coffee.

Rick Ponton

This is what the seasons for!
Yeah, I bought the CD 6 months after christmas, but i listened through it anyway, and I love it just the same. I own very few christmas CD's, becaude usually I don't much like them. I on't really like the "fluff" christmas songs, but what we have here is a true collection of advent season songs. Of course Jim Bohn does me a service in that the first track is my favorite advent song in the world. Everyone should have this in the mix at christmas.