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10th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration
Port Angeles Performing Arts Center
304 East Park Ave
Port Angeles, Washington
A benefit for the Port Angeles Performing Arts Council
Presented by the Juan de Fuca Festival for the Arts
Featuring: the Seattle Irish Dance Company, Mac MacDonald as Santa Claus, Veronica and Pamela from the Seattle Opera, and performances by the amazing Port Angeles High School Orchestra, Choir, and Band. (I'm not kidding—they're really really amazing!)
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A Treasury of Songs For The Season
There was a time before the commercialization of Christmas. A time lit
with candles and firelight, when tapestries kept the cold from coming
through the stone, and folk would gather during the longest nights of
the year to sing songs of hope and light. This recording was made to
recapture that time and bring forward the ancient and genuine spirit of
Christmas into this modern time.
I wanted to make a CD with songs that predated the commercialization of
Christmas. Melodies that are 200, 300, 400, 800 years old. A CD with
deep spiritual roots, and a sound that feels right now, full of
inspiration and improvisation. Eric Robert and I went into the studio
with Grammy award-winning bassist Garey Shelton and these ancient
melodies—some of which will be familiar, and some that I am sure
will become new favorites—and we followed our own path. The result
really is magical.
"The album is entirely instrumental, creating an ethereal mood that is soothing and reflective. It's the perfect CD for the wee hours of Christmas morning, long after the fire has faded to embers."
Tracks — Click to listen or purchase for download from Bandcamp!
- Geoffrey Castle - acoustic and electric violins
- Eric Robert - piano and keyboards
- Garey Shelton - fretless electric bass
- Produced by Geoffrey Castle
- Arrangements by Geoffrey Castle and Eric Robert
- Recorded at Garey Shelton Productions, Seattle