Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain

An Appalachian Gathering

$20.00

Temporarily out of stock. More on the way, expected 2nd week of January

NEW RELEASE!

“Festive Disc of the Year” –Gramophone Magazine, 2018
Debuted at #3, Billboard Traditional Classical Chart (Nov. 2018)

Riveting… spectacularly performed and deeply moving.
–Seen & Heard International

Jeannette Sorrell, direction & harpsichord
Amanda Powell, soprano
Ross Hauck, tenor
with
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
Brian Kay, tenor & lute
Apollo’s Singers & Apollo’s Musettes (children’s choir)

Apollo’s Fire’s latest CD album celebrates the ancient Celtic folk carols that were brought to America by the Irish immigrants – and then transformed into soulful Appalachian carols. Based on Jeannette Sorrell’s concert program of the same title (premiered in 5 sold-out concerts in 2017), this is a glowing and joyful album featuring medieval harp and vielle, wooden flutes, fiddles and lutes, along with children’s voices and the acclaimed Apollo’s Singers. The booklet includes informative program notes by Sorrell as well as photos from the live production.

The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING, and PRAYER.

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Draws you deeper and deeper in… for all the breathless rollicking, there are tears under the surface that highlight a vital part of the Christmas story, enforced emigration and all. The quiet finale The Parting Glass reminds us that, sometimes, two beautiful voices entwined are powerful enough.”
– GRAMOPHONE (Festive Disc of the Year, 2018) [Read More]

This disc’s blend of polish and spirit is intoxicating…. one of the finest holiday albums I’ve ever encountered. Sorrell has crafted and polished her ensemble to world class. They have become adored by audiences wherever they go. Exquisite skill and daring abandon…”
– MusicWeb International [Read More]

“The arrangements have a magical quality, and the result is something like an American version of Jordi Savall’s investigations of folk repertories.”
– AllMusic.com [Read More]

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I. CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE CROSSROADS

1. Christmas Eve Reel – Christmas in America – Old Christmas
trad. Irish – trad. New England – trad. Appalachian, arr. by J. Sorrell

II. CELTIC MEMORIES – CHRISTMAS IN OLD IRELAND

2. The Truth Sent from Above
Ross Hauck & Amanda Powell, vocals
trad. British Isles, lyrics & arrangement by J. Sorrell

3. Sheep under the snow – Apples in Winter – Little Christmas Reel
Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle
trad. Irish, arr. R. Schiffer & S.P. Gilmore

4. Blow, Northern Wind [3:30]
Brian Kay, lute & vocals
Medieval English Lyric, arr. B. Kay

5. Don Oiche úd I mBeithil (That Night in Bethlehem)
Brian Bigley, Uillean pipes
trad. Irish, arr. B. Bigley

6. That Night in Bethlehem (Don Oiche úd i mBeithil)
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone
trad. Gaelic, arr. J. Sorrell

7. Nowell Sing We, Both All and Some
Amanda Powell, Molly Netter, Ross Hauck, Jeffrey Strauss, vocals
Medieval English, arr. J. Sorrell

III. CAROLING ACROSS THE WATERS

8. Innesheer – Ships in Full Sail & I Saw Three Ships – New Christmas Reel
Kathie Stewart, flute – with Apollo’s Musettes
trad. Irish, arr. K. Stewart

9. Yorkshire Carol – Somerset Wassail – Kentucky Wassail
Michael Temesi, treble & Jeffrey Strauss, baritone – with Apollo’s Musettes
trad. British Isles & trad. Appalachian, arr. J. Sorrell

IV. CHRISTMAS MORNING IN APPALACHIA
10. Bright Morning Stars
Tina Bergmann, vocals – with Amanda Powell & Ross Hauck
Southern Folk Hymn

11. Christ Child’s Lullaby (Talladh Chriosta)
Amanda Powell, soprano
trad. Scottish & Appalachian, arr. J. Sorrell & A. Powell

12. Frost & Snow – 28th of January – Dominion Reel
Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer
trad. Old-Time, arr. R. Schiffer & T. Bergmann

13. Jesus Born in Beth’ny
Michael Temesi, treble – with Apollo’s Musettes
trad. Appalachian, arr. J. Sorrell

14. Star in the East/The Shepherd’s Star
Shape-Note Hymns from The Southern Harmony, 1835

V. WANDERERS UNDER THE SKY

15. Joseph & Mary – I Wonder as I Wander
Amanda Powell & Ross Hauck, vocals
trad. British carol/trad. Appalachian – J. J. Niles, arr. J. Sorrell

16. The Gravel Walk – Over the Isles to America
Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord
trad. Scottish reel, arr. J. Sorrell

VI. CHRISTMAS BARN DANCE

17. Hop High Ladies – June Apple Reel
Ian Crane, bagpipes & Brian Bigley, whistle & foot percussion
trad. Appalachian

18. Cold Frosty Morning – Old Christmas – Breakin’ Up Christmas
trad. Old-Time, arr. R. Schiffer, J. Sorrell, T. Bergmann

19. Bonus Track: The Parting Glass
Amanda Powell & Ross Hauck, vocals
trad. Scottish/Irish

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)

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