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all-age collection for Advent/ Christmas
Over many years, Peter Kearney has led many
Christmas Family Concerts hosted by Catholic
Primary Schools. This CD compiles many of
the songs/ carols that have proved popular and
effective at these events. Six of the tracks are
Peter Kearney originals; the rest are by other
writers, including three songs by Sydney Carter
(writer of 'Lord of the Dance').
Track List- Song
What others have said:
and notes on the songs
How Far is it to Bethlehem?
- Also known as the "Children's
Nativity Carol'. A beautiful, simple carol
from the Oxford Book of Carols that deserves
to be as well known as 'Away in a Manger'. The
Nativity, seen through the eyes of children as
they approach Bethlehem for a visit to the
2. Violet in the Snow -
One of the more enduring of contemporary
carols. "When it all began, God was so very
3. Come Love Carolling
- Sydney Carter's
simple yet profound song. Mary, carrying the
baby within her, pondering: "I wonder at the
Maker who can be before the world and yet a
child of me.".
4. Do You Hear What I
The message of the Saviour's birth is passed
from the humble to the high- from the lamb to
the shepherd boy to the mighty king.
5. Christmas Where the Gum
Trees Grow - A delightful Australian Christmas
Carol by Lesley Davies: "Christmas in
Australia's hot, cold and frosty's what it's
6. Child of the Morning -
little known traditional Carol. "Brightest and
best is the Child of the Morning- dawn on our
7. At Christmas - Based on a poem by a 12 year old
child and set to music by Peter Kearney.
8. Mary's Song (The
Magnificat) - This song, Peter Kearney's setting
of Mary's powerful words, was originally
included on the 'Turn It All Around' album.
Claire Parkhill sang it then, as he does here
in a new recording, joined by her daughter
9. The Fourth Wise Man
- This will be enjoyed by all ages- a
brilliant, entertaining poem written by Dermot
Dorgan. The Fourth Wise Man illustrates the
virtue of practical charity... "he brought the
really useful gifts the other three forgot".
10. Christmas in the Scrub -
Possibly the most popular of all modern
Australian Christmas carols. Leigh Newtons
catchy song pictures the Australian animals
celebrating the birth of God..
11. Joy to the World,
- Protesting the 'murderous
debt' carried by the world's poorest
12. The Virgin Mary Had a
- A West Indian carol with an
13. The Christ Child
Lay. - Lyrics by the famous English writer
G.K. Chesterton, set to music by Peter
Kearney. Reflecting the
freshness of the new born child and the
precious gift he is to a 'weary, weary world'.
14. The Tinsel From Our
Eyes - On
realising the true meaning of Christmas: "Let
us take the tinsel from our eyes- see the kind
of day this could be". Written by Peter
15. The Tenderest Time
- Christmas can be a
painful, lonely time for many people. A
thoughtful ballad by Peter Kearney.
16. Standing in the Rain. A
challenging song by Sydney Carter. The verses
are from the point of view of the Innkeeper:
"no use knocking on the window, there is
nothing we can do sir", while the choruses
show Joseph and Mary seeking a welcome in a
17. Refugee Carol -
The Holy Family as refugees - fleeing to Egypt
to escape the merciless kingdom of Caesar and
18. Bread and Fishes.
Mary and Jesus as the travel through the world
and though the ages: "We have bread and fishes
and a jug of red wine to share on our journey
with all humankind. Written by English
songwriter Allan Bell."
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID- A Compilation
album is especially magical. I loved ‘How Far to
Bethlehem?’! I’ve given both away, so another
one please! Thanks and God bless...."
and fresh ... unlike any other Christmas
collection. The arrangements are
delightful. Your music just keeps getting and
better. . Many thanks."
love the crystal simplicity of the title-song, a
beautiful way to begin and I can almost hear
lots of young voices around the schools taking
to this song with great enthusiasm. To the
songs/ carols that were already familiar to me
you have added your own special style and
flavour, so the songs become fresh and new
Recorded at the Little Portion Studio, Welby,
1999. Sound engineering and mixing by Peter
Felicity Parkhill, Peter, Clare and Rebecca
Michael, Madge Kearney, Peter Kearney.
Music: Peter Kearney