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February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

CHRISTMAS FAITH

OF OUR FATHERS

John McCormack

and Frank Patterson

The great Irish tenor John McCormack died in 1945, but, thanks to modern technology, he can now be heard in a 1940 recording of "Silent Night." Joining him, with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra, on this CD of 16 Christmas-related tracks, is Frank Patterson. The recording also brings together three of Ireland’s top young sopranos, Deirdre Masterson, Rosalind McGrane and MichEle Sheridan, as well as Rós Ní Dhubáin, the Young Voice of Ireland, boy soprano Owen Brady and RTÉ Cór na nÓg. This CD is produced by Enigma Music, and is marketed and distributed by E.P. Visions, Inc., 150 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050. For information, call (516) 767-8576 or 1-877277-BRIO.

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

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John McDermott

This album of 16 Christmas tracks has been in preparation for 20 years, from the time John McDermott emigrated with his family from Glasgow, Scotland, to Canada in 1970. He attended St. Michael’s School Choir in Toronto where daily hour-long choral training prepared the students for a hectic Christmas schedule. It was at this time that McDermott Kerry Beaumont, who has added a special element to this recording as producer and arranger. Manufactured and distributed by Angel Records, 304 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10010. For information, call (617) 350-5646.

THE CELTIC SPIRIT

Caitlín Matthews

This is a collection of 365 daily Celtic meditations drawn from Celtic wisdom and tuned to the changing seasons and cycles of the year. This book enables readers to reflect on the wisdom of Celtic teaching in a way that is deep, personal and, perhaps, transformational. There’s a growing audience of people who believe that the Celtic sense of balance can teach us how to live better and, with this objective in mind,"The Celtic Spirit" is certainly a most useful tool. From HarperSanFrancisco, $14 paperback. For information, call Liza Hetherington at (415) 477-4476.

CHILDREN"S ILLUSTRATED

IRISH DICTIONARY

Hippocrene Books

Wish your children or grandchildren would use a few words of Irish? Then this user-friendly 98-page 8 1/2 by 11 hardback is the ideal gift to give to children aged 5-10. It has 500 entries accompanied by illustrations and simplified phonetic pronunciation. Price $14.95. For information, call (718) 454-2366.

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