Christmas On Sugarloaf Mountain / Apollo's Fire

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2396
Format: CD

Strauss, Jeffrey; Bergmann, Tina; Apollo's Fire; Stewart, Kathie; Sorrell, Jeannette; Crane, Ian; Netter, Molly; Hauck, Ross; Bigley, Brian; Powell, Amanda; Apollo's Musettes; Kay, Brian; Temesi, Michael; Gilmore, Susanna Perry

Following the release of the award-winning Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering, which was a Top 5 Billboard Classical Crossover hit, Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire present Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain. In this celebration of the American immigrant experience, fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes and singers join with children’s voices to evoke the Celtic roots of an Appalachian Christmas. From Christmas Eve in medieval Scotland to folk carols and shape-note hymns at a toe-tapping Christmas gathering in Virginia, Apollo’s Fire follows the journeys of the Irish and Scottish settlers who bravely crossed the Atlantic, settled in the mountains and welcomed Christmas with love, singing, dancing and prayer. Acclaim for the premiere performances of this programme was widespread: “The lightning strike of genius can happen, sometimes even repeatedly to those willing to earn it. Jeannette Sorrell is one such person. This show was intense, interesting, spectacularly performed, and deeply moving. If that’s not genius, I don’t know what is.” (Seen & Heard International)

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