23 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Chieftains assemble a diverse cast for this Christmas special. “St. Stephen’s Day Murders” is a comic original written by Elvis Costello and Paddy Moloney that depicts family holiday strife; the rest are traditional, but hardly predictable. Kate and Anna McGarrigle make “Il Est Né / Ca Berger” heavenly, Marianne Faithfull brings grit to the fiddle-strewn “I Saw Three Ships a Sailing,” and Rickie Lee Jones is full of yearning on “O Holy Night.” Like the perfect Christmas, The Bells of Dublin is rich with bonhomie.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Chieftains assemble a diverse cast for this Christmas special. “St. Stephen’s Day Murders” is a comic original written by Elvis Costello and Paddy Moloney that depicts family holiday strife; the rest are traditional, but hardly predictable. Kate and Anna McGarrigle make “Il Est Né / Ca Berger” heavenly, Marianne Faithfull brings grit to the fiddle-strewn “I Saw Three Ships a Sailing,” and Rickie Lee Jones is full of yearning on “O Holy Night.” Like the perfect Christmas, The Bells of Dublin is rich with bonhomie.

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