Recording Christmas songs with the great Tom Jones and Rosanne Cash

I play drums and provide some backing vocals on a new Christmas album alongside the great Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash and Rhiannon Giddens.

The Wexford Carols was produced by four-time Grammy winner Joe Henry and recorded recently at Grouse Lodge Studios in Co Westmeath, Ireland. The below picture was taken during recording.

Wexford Carols group

Starring the celebrated Irish singer Caitríona O’Leary, the album features Irish Christmas music through a variety of folk styles, including traditional Irish, Americana, Blues and Gospel.

With lyrics by Luke Waddinge and William Devereux, set to popular tunes, the recording of these carols from the 17th and 18th centuries represents a diverse piece of work for me. Needless to say it was an honour and a pleasure to play with these guys.

The full tracklisting for the album is below…

Wexford Carols

  • Tell Shepherds – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
  • An Angel This Night – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
  • Jerusalem Our Happy Home – Tom Jones, Singer, Caitríona O’Leary & Rhiannon Giddens Backing Vocals
  • This Is Our Christmas Day – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
  • Now To Conclude Our Christmas Mirth – Rhiannon Giddens, Singer, Tom Jones & Caitríona O’Leary Backing Vocals
  • The Darkest Midnight In December – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
  • An Angel This Bright Midnight – Rosanne Cash, Caitríona O’Leary, John Smith, Graham Hopkins Vocals
  • Behold Three Kings – Rosanne Cash, Singer, Caitríona O’Leary, John Smith, Graham Hopkins Backing Vocals
  • The Angel Said To Joseph Mild – Tom Jones, Singer, Caitríona O’Leary, Rosanne Cash & Rhiannon Giddens, Backing Vocals
  • A Virgin Queen In Bethlehem – Caitríona O’Leary, Singer
  • Christmas Day Is Come – Rhiannon Giddens & Caitríona O’Leary, Vocals
  • The Enniscorthy Christmas Carol – Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Caitríona O’Leary, Tom Jones, Vocals

The full list of musicians on the record can be found here. Wexford Carols is out now on iTunes, Amazon and the Heresy website.

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