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Christmas On Sugarloaf Mountain

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Christmas On Sugarloaf Mountain
Christmas On Sugarloaf Mountain


Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain conjures a holiday celebration of the Scottish and Irish immigrants who settled in the Appalachian Mountains. With Jeannette Sorrell directing Apollo's Fire and a host of singers young and old in folk carols and shape-note hymns, Christmas is welcomed with love, singing, dancing and prayer.

Following the release of the award-winning Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering (AV2329), 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.

Artists Apollo's Fire Jeannette Sorrell, director Amanda Powell, soprano Ross Hauck, tenor Jeffrey Strauss, baritone

Critical Acclaim "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

"The five sold-out performances of "Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain" this month attest to the popularity of Apollo's Fire's crossover shows. This one is just as alluring and infectious as its predecessor" -

Advertised in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine


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  2. Christmas Eve Reel (trad. Irish) / Christmas In America (trad. New England) / Old Christmas Eve (trad. Appalachian) Arr. Jeannette Sorrell
  3. The Truth Sent From Above - (trad. British Isles) - Lyrics & Arrangement By Jeannette Sorrell
  4. Sheep Under The Snow / Apples In Winter / Little Christmas Reel (trad. Irish) - Arr. René Schiffer & Susanna Perry Gilmore
  5. Blow, Northern Wind - Medieval English Lyric, Arr. Brian Kay
  6. Don Oiche úd I MBeithil (That Night In Bethlehem)
  7. That Night In Bethlehem (Don Oiche úd I MBeithil) (trad. Gaelic) Arr. Jeannette Sorrell
  8. Nowell Sing We, Both All And Some (Medieval English) Arr. Jeannette Sorrell
  9. Innesheer / Ships In Full Sail + I Saw Three Ships / New Christmas Reel (trad. Irish) Arr. Kathie Stewart
  10. Yorkshire Carol / Somerset Wassail (trad. British Isles) / Kentucky Wassail (trad. Appalachian) Arr. Jeannette Sorrell
  11. Bright Morning Stars (Southern Folk Hymn)
  12. Christ Childs Lullaby (Talladh Chriosta) (trad. Scottish & Appalachian) Arr. Jeannette Sorrell & Amanda Powell
  13. Frost & Snow / 28th Of January / Dominion Reel (trad. Old-Time) Arr. René Schiffer & Tina Bergmann
  14. Jesus Born In Bethny (trad. Appalachian) - Arr. Jeannette Sorrell
  15. Star In The East | The Shepherds Star - Shape-Note Hymn From The Southern Harmony, 1835
  16. Joseph & Mary (trad. British Carol) / I Wonder As I Wander (trad. Appalachian - J. J. Niles) - Arr. Jeannette Sorrell
  17. The Gravel Walk / Over The Isles To America (trad. Scottish Reel)
  18. Hop High Ladies / June Apple Reel (trad. Appalachian)
  19. Cold Frosty Morning / Old Christmas / Breakin Up Christmas (trad. Old-Time) - Arr. René Schiffer, Jeannette Sorrell, Tina Bergmann
  20. The Parting Glass (trad. Scottish/Irish)
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