- A Danish Christmas – a delightful compilation of traditional Danish Carols by Carl Neilsen, Niels Gade et al. performed by the choir, Musica Ficta and conducted by Bo Holten. Particular favourites of mine are “The Bushes Are Hidden in Snow” and “My Heart Always Wanders” – Haunting and charming at the same time.
- A Medieval Christmas – 12th-15th Century, English, French and German festive song-dances featuring timbrels, recorders and bagpipes. Unique and pleasing to the ear!
- The Chieftains – Bells of Dublin – a family-favourite for many years, this recording features the best of the celtic-music world combined with wonderful and surprising guests such as Jackson Browne, Marianne Faithfull, Nanci Griffith and even the late, great Burgess Meredith. Lovely, Gaelic carols along with traditional European and Irish. The St. Stephen’s Day Murders sung by Elvis Costello is an upbeat, catchy tune you’ll have a hard time putting out of your head.
- John Denver and The Muppets – A Christmas Together – Even yet, I miss the presence of John Denver in the music world. How wonderful that he took the time to record this sweet, fun album with my favourite characters, the Muppets. “The Peace Carol” and “Noel: Christmas Eve,1913” are classic Denver, but the real fun comes with riotous versions of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and “Deck the Halls”.
- A DDD Christmas – Compilation of classical Christmas carols and hymns sung by Kathleen Battle, The King’s Singers and Kiri Te Kenawa, with performances by The Taverner’s, Empire Brass and Florence Quivar – ideal for a Christmas morning.
- Aled Jones with the BBC Welsh Chorus – a very young Aled Jones – the Welsh wonderboy with the most delightful singing voice! This 1985 recording features some classic carols and one of my most cherished,”Gabriel’s Message”
- The Christmas Selection – The Festive Assortment – a fun, nostalgic collection of some familiar and some rare, crooner, Christmas songs. “Suzy Snowflake” by Rosemary Clooney will be in your head for days! Frank Sinatra singing “The Lord’s Prayer”, is lovely and surprising.
- Loreena McKennitt’s, To Drive The Cold Winter Away – Pour yourself a glass of mulled wine or cider, curl up by the fire and listen to the dulcet tones of Loreena and her harp. Enjoy classics and historic carols and winter songs. Absolutely enchanting!