The McGarrigle Christmas Hour

The McGarrigle Christmas Hour

by Kate & Anna McGarrigle


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Imagine the McGarrigle household around Christmas: With veteran folkies Kate and Anna McGarrigle as the matriarchs of a clan that includes Kate's kids, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna's daughter, Lilly Lanken, and an extended family that includes Emmylou Harris, it must be a magical experience when they gather to sing carols and tell stories. The McGarrigle Family Christmas Hour allows us to become honorary guests at the family Christmas party. As in 1998's charming The McGarrigle Hour, family members trade leads and collaborate in varying permutations, this time singing traditional carols, original seasonal tunes, and other holiday fare. After the full-family chorales of “Seven Joys of Mary” and “Old Waits Carol,” Harris takes the lead for a haunting “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and from there, everyone takes turns in the spotlight. The elder McGarrigles anchor the proceedings, often providing backing on acoustic guitar, accordion, piano, and other instruments, and they helm the French carols “Il Est Né/Ça Bergers” and the originals “Port Starboard Sox” and “Wise Men.” Rufus sings his own satiric “Spotlight on Christmas” and the classic “What Are You Doing New Year's Eve,” and he duets with his sister Martha on “Some Children See Him.” Martha contributes a typically acerbic original, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” and duets with cousin Lilly on Jackson Browne's “Rebel Jesus.” Convivial, charming, and understated, The McGarrigle Family Christmas Hour lasts just over 52 minutes, but what's a few minutes among friends? It's a treat just to be invited.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597992526
catalogNumber: 79925

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate & Anna McGarrigle   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Pat Donaldson   Choir, Chorus
Dane Lanken   Trumpet,Choir, Chorus
David Mansfield   Violin
Pierre Marchand   Bass,Flute,Drums
Janie McGarrigle   Piano,Choir, Chorus
Anna McGarrigle   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Banjar
Duke McVinnie   Electric Guitar
Chaim Tannenbaum   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Joel Zifkin   Guitar,Violin,Choir, Chorus
Beth Orton   Choir, Chorus
Kate McGarrigle   Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Classical Guitar
Martha Wainwright   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Voices,Choir, Chorus,Bells,Vocal Harmony
Rufus Wainwright   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Bells
Michel Pepin   Bass,Dobro,Guitar
Jody Golick   Tenor Saxophone,Choir, Chorus,Penny Whistle
Jacquelyn McKeever   Choir, Chorus
Brad Albetta   Percussion
Janel Adams   Choir, Chorus
George Javori   Drums,Bells
John McColgan   Drums
Teddy Thompson   Electric Guitar,Bells,Vocal Harmony
Andrew Hall   Bass
Michael Wilson   Tenor Trombone
Trevor Dix   Bass Trombone
Lily Lanken   Voices,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Matt Johnson   Drums
Tom Mennier   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Choir, Chorus
Jordi Rosen   Choir, Chorus
Danielle Bolduc   Choir, Chorus
Ian Vincenzo Dow   Recitation
Campbell Hendrey   Choir, Chorus
Sylvan Lanken   Choir, Chorus
Ruben Mahr   Choir, Chorus
Éloi Painchaud   Guitar
Partice Richer   Tenor Trombone

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Pat Donaldson   Composer,Engineer
Nicholas Hill   Producer
Dane Lanken   Composer
Pierre Marchand   Engineer
Anna McGarrigle   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Frank Opolko   Engineer
Greg Prestopino   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Kate McGarrigle   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Martha Wainwright   Composer
Rufus Wainwright   Composer,Producer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Michel Pepin   Engineer
Rob Heaney   Engineer
Brian Fulk   Engineer
Brad Albetta   Engineer
Matt Andrews   Engineer
Don Murnaghan   Engineer
Pierre Plante   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Borza Ghomeshi   Engineer
Tom Mennier   Horn Arrangements,Piano Arrangement
Robert Edridge Waks   Editorial Coordinator
Vinnie Dow   Contributor
Marc André Bellefluer   Engineer
Ian Vincenzo Dow   Composer
Howard Kingsnorth   Cover Photo
Alfred S. Burt   Composer

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The McGarrigle Christmas Hour 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kc0mwl More than 1 year ago
Unconventional in song choice and delivery. It was not immediately forthcoming but it grew on me and has become essential. Now I reach for it several times each season. Highly recommended.