It's Christmas for bagpipes fans! Iain Mac Harg brings his expertise with the bagpipes and flute to seasonal holiday selections with his solo release of A Celtic Christmas, and, for those with a fondness for the pipes, it's a very agreeable listen. While it's an unusual experience to hear "Good King Wenceslas" linked with "An Irish Jig," Mac Harg brings off the combination effectively, and it adds a touch of novelty to these two traditional favorites. One of the loveliest selections is "Oh Christmas Tree." It's a mellow, gentle solo flute performance to start, that becomes further enhanced by strings. It's very evocative of falling snowflakes, and sets a peaceful, introspective mood. If hectic holiday preparations have listeners rushing around, and there's need for a rest, put this on, relax and enjoy. It's just right for gracefully bringing some ease to the season. Though not specifically a Christmas song, "Amazing Grace" is so very much a bagpiper's tune that its religious origins as a hymn make it a reasonable tie-in for inclusion on this album. "Auld Lang Syne" extends the holiday range into New Year's as well, and makes an effective closure for the CD. So listeners can welcome Mac Harg's A Celtic Christmas to their holiday collections, and look forward to enjoying it year after year.
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