Songs By a Winter's Hearth
Much has been written about the passionate and engaging voice of Ken O'Malley accompanied by his remarkable talent on guitar and mandolin . Here, he brings to life the memories of his Dublin childhood through such classic favorites as O Come All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night and The Wexford Carol. Also sharing a new family tradition, his daughter Angela joins him for a stirring rendition of the Latin carol Gaudete and on Silent Night, which he sings in English, Irish Gaelic and German. Also bringing forth memories of his early familiarity with the Irish Gaelic language is the traditional carol Don Oíche úd I mBeithil. The legendary tale of the famous World War I Christmas truce is powerfully told in Ken O'Malley's arrangement of John McCutcheon's 'Christmas in the Trenches', an unusual and beautiful holiday story of momentary peace during bitter war which remains timeless. Another story, this of both old times and new, is the Story of the Wren and The Wren Song, celebrating a uniquely Irish tradition which takes place on St. Stephen's Day, the day following Christmas. O'Malley also showcases his own considerable talent as a songwriter with his original 'Songs by a Winter's Hearth', a sentimental reflection upon his childhood days and the anticipation of the Christmas holiday. Accompanying himself on mandolin, this melody genuinely invites the listener to sing along. Finally, what could be more classic than 'Danny Boy' and 'Ave Maria'? These two impressive tracks round out this unique holiday album -- and there is no more passionate and heartfelt version of either than by Ken O'Malley. This recording is a must-have musical journey through the crisp Dublin winters to the sound of music by the beckoning hearth inside the family home. It is truly a stellar addition to anyone's holiday collection whether or not you happen to be Irish.