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CD 3  -  'Noël'


"Noël", released in Nov 2010, is The Priests' third album, produced by Mike Hedges and the follow up to 2009's "Harmony".

Featuring some of the most cherished seasonal songs of all time - everything from "Ding Dong Merrily On High" to "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Sussex Carol" to "Silent Night" - it is a solemnly beautiful record, stately and humble and full of grace.

Fr Martin: "We have given each of these songs a different interpretation and a little priestly twist, and we hope there will be something here for everyone!"


Track Listings and Samples

Ding Dong Merrily On High

The Priests: "Undoubtedly evokes Christmas and all it has to offer! We join the heavenly chorus of utter delight and praise on the part of the angels and people, at Christ's birth. You might just hear some of the bells from our parishes! Enjoy."


The First Noël

The Priests: "This wonderful carol from the 18th century invites us to stand in the shoes of the shepherds and the wise men. All of us are on a journey with them; it is as if we too have the chance to peep over their shoulders at the mystery of Christ's birth unfolding."


Sussex Carol

The Priests: "This carol is also known as 'On Christmas Night all Christians Sing' and it is oozing with hope, joy and a sense of freedom."


Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth

The Priests
: "This popular song of 1941 tells the touching story of a child who has no other gift to offer the child Jesus but to play his drum. The story ends with the child Jesus smiling at the child in recognition of the gift he has received. While the carol is a simple one its simplicity is part of its charm."


The Holly and The Ivy

The Priests: "This reflective Christmas Carol causes us to think of Christmas decorations and dressing the home, street and town centre. The lights, the glitter and warm glow in the midst of the darkness create a cosiness which wraps itself around us all. The birth of Jesus brings great hope and Mary becomes the bearer of the good news."


Away In A Manger

The Priests: "This is probably one of the first carols we are all taught and we associate it so much with little children whose interpretation of the music and words transport us into another world. So journey to Bethlehem through the eyes of children and behold!"


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

The Priests: "This carol, filled with a sense of intrigue, was published in 1833 and the words go back to the 15th century. Like so many carols, it is equally timeless and calls upon us to rejoice and be glad, while looking to a new light, adorning hope."


In The Bleak Midwinter

The Priests: "The opening lines to the haunting melody of this carol conjure up the chilly world into which the Christ child was born. Jesus, the Word made flesh, becomes a vulnerable baby and can turn our cold indifference into warm acceptance of others and, ultimately, God."


In Dulci Jubilo

The Priests: "This and many of the carols we sing today have their roots in the past - a testimony not only to their popularity through the centuries but the claim carols still make on our imagination in our busy, bustling and troubled contemporary world."


Joy To The World

The Priests: "An English hymn writer called Isaac Watts wrote the words of this carol based on Psalm 89. The song was first published in 1719 and celebrated the Second Coming of the Lord at the end of time rather than his birth in Bethlehem."


Silent Night

The Priests: "Silent Night was on our previous album, but how could we release an album of traditional Christmas carols and not include it? Silent Night evokes the ethereal stillness of the first Christmas night - it is as if all of Creation unconsciously holds its breath so as not to disturb the scene."


O Come All Ye Faithful

The Priests: "A very popular carol all over the world, it has been translated from the original Latin into various languages."


What Child Is This

The Priests: "This soothing carol lulls us into a real state of peace and calm, just what we need in the run up to Christmas! Once again we are aglow with the wonder and awe of the pivotal characters of the crib scene. The impact is felt in this lullaby, rocking us into a spiritual trance."


Hark The Herald Angels Sing

The Priests: "This famous carol was written by Charles Wesley, brother of the founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, but we are all accustomed to hearing it sung to a tune loosely based on a composition by Mendelssohn."


A Special Christmas Collaboration with Shane MacGowan

The Priests: "Our sharing this song with Shane MacGowan will come as a big surprise for many fans, both ours and his. Neither of us is about to change our respective styles of music or performance but it goes to show how music builds bridges and brings us into creative contact with unlikely partnerships. Bing and Bowie did it... so we did it too! Thank you Shane."


Read more

1. Review: 'NOËL'
16 Nov 2010  -  Frankston City Library, Australia

2. The Priests' NOËL shares the true meaning of Christmas
13 Dec 2010  -  Salt and Light TV, Canada


"We enjoy music. We are very conscious of its power
and how it reaches people.
Hopefully, our music will reach people's hearts."
Fr Martin

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