Sony/BMG special products produced the world's first Scottish Christmas DVD, A Scottish Christmas featuring Bonnie Rideout, and other recording artists from Maggie's Music record label along with award winning Celtic musicians and dancers.
It captures the live concert presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township, MI., on December 3, 2000 and presents traditional Scottish carols, familiar Christmas carols and songs, and Highland music and dance for the celebration of Christmas.
From the first plaintive notes calling forth through Rideout's emotional fiddle rendition of Oh Come, Oh Come Emanuel to the last stirring chorus of Robert Burns' Auld Lang Syne, an outstanding group of Celtic musicians presents a lively program, weaving the many moods of A Scottish Christmas.
This collection of traditional Scottish carols, wassail tunes, and dance music associated with the celebration of Christmas, Hogmanay (Scottish New Year's Eve), and the New Year includes such favorites as Greensleeves, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen , and Adeste Fideles . Gaelic songs and hymns popular before The Reformation such as Rorate and Baloo Lammyoffer reflection into the gentler moods of Christmas, while jigs and reels such as From the Bottom of the Punchbowl and Ale is Dear bring out the merry spirits of the season. This delightful show is presented by some of the most legendary Celtic musicians from both North America and Scotland, blending the sounds of the fiddle, bagpipes, uilleann pipes, border pipes, clarsach (Celtic harp), bodhran (Celtic frame drum), hammered dulcimer and guitar. Traditional dancers add grace and excitement to this elegant program.
BMG has captured the extraordinary live moments of A Scottish Christmas on a new DVD released in September 2001, already garnering popular reviews from critics. After premiering on CBS-TV's SUNDAY MORNING and on NPR's PERFORMANCE TODAY, A Scottish Christmas has consistently sold out concert halls for five consecutive seasons. This immensely successful national touring show began with the blockbuster album by the same name on the Maggie's Music label, which rocketed into the New York Times "Top Holiday Picks" list in 1996, and has continued to be a national holiday best-seller for five years.
Bonnie Rideout ~ Scottish fiddle
Tony Cuffe ~ guitar, vocals
Jerry O’Sullivan ~ uilleann pipes, Scottish small-pipes, pennywhistle
Paddy League ~ bodhran
Maggie Sansone ~ hammered dulcimer
The City of Washington Pipe Band
Robert McCowen ~ highland dancer
Jen Schoonover ~ highland dancer
- MEDLEY: Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel - 12th Century Latin Carol
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Late 18th Century/British Isles Morrison's Jig - Traditional Scottish Jig
- Fir Tree Reels (Grants'/Innes'/Stuarts') - Scottish Straths & Reels
- MEDLEY: Here We Come a'Wassailing - Traditional Carol/British Isles Bottom of the Punch Bowl - Traditional Scottish Country Dance
- Greensleeves (What Child is This)
- Rorate (Nativity) - Western Highlands Lullaby & Hymn
- Sae Will We Yet - 19th Century Scots Song (Tony Cuffe)
- MEDLEY: Highlands & Lowlands of Scotland/Kelo House/Miss Clementina Stewart - Traditional Scottish Reels
- Angels We Have Heard On High and Jig -Maid at the Spinning Wheel (Maggie Sansone & Paddy League)
- MEDLEY: Da Day Dawis
- MEDLEY: Willie Sahanky's Jig/Bagdad Jig/Bagdad Reel/ Keflavkik Jetnest/ Oh, Come All Ye Faithful/ Amazing Grace
- Christ Child Lullaby
- MEDLEY: Christmas Carousing/Ale is Dear/New Christmas
- MEDLEY: Deck the Halls/Tail Toddle/Paddy's Leather Breeches
- Auld Lang Syne
The centerpiece of the show is Scottish fiddle champion- Bonnie Rideout who blends the traditional sounds of her Scottish fiddle with bagpipes, guitar, hammered dulcimer, pennywhistle, Uilleann pipes, Scottish small-pipes and percussion and with vocals-Scottish and Christmas songs and two Highland dancers. The immensely successful national touring show, A Scottish Christmas, has grown out of an equally successful album by the award-winning Celtic label, Maggie’s Music. It was featured on CBS TV Sunday Morning, and on National Public Padio's Performance Today,which brought an avalanche of attention to the album, record label, performers and their release concerts.
The album became a national best seller and rocketed into the New York Times "Top Holiday Picks" list in 1996. This was the spark that launched the national tour with sell out shows throughout the United States. Dressed in kilts and velvet dresses, the performers deliver a show that is lively, elegant and emotionally evocative as audiences rise to their feet, arms linked, to sing Auld Lang Syne at the close of every performance.
BMG was looking for new Christmas product and it was a case of perfect timing when Maggie's Music, suggested a joint venture for A Scottish Christmas. A unique partnership was born between BMG- one of the world's largest music entertainment companies and Maggie's Music - an award- winning independent label known for its Celtic and Christmas recordings. With a Herculean effort, amazing short amount of time and immense preparation on everybody's part, the concert site was chosen and all conversed on the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, a prestigious concert venue known for its state of the art facilities. The creative efforts involved executive producer Ed Osborne from BMG; Michael Micardi from Eagle Vision who filmed, engineered and produced the DVD; artistic director and star performer Bonnie Rideout & Maggie Sansone, performer & CEO of Maggie's Music.
Imagine a crisp Scottish winter day--air spiced with the scent of strong wassail, a dusting of snow, and the call of bagpipes over the Highlands. A Scottish Christmas is now available on DVD and CD. The DVD has extra features: instant song access, full motion interactive menus, two feature documentaries, full audio commentary track by Bonnie Rideout and Ed Osborne and both include: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and Stereo mixes; artist biographies, discography. (77 minutes)
The DVD Performers' bios and track listing is below: