Strange Wonders, The Wexford Carols Vol. II, is the highly anticipated follow up to the hugely successful album The Wexford Carols. It features another 11 carols from the tradition that focus on the spiritual and mystical aspects of the Christmas story – Gabriel’s visitation to Mary, the humble stable, the meeting of Herod and the Magi, the Fall (of Lucifer and of Adam), the Mystery of God as Man – as well as less familiar aspects of this narrative including carols to the saints whose feast days fall within the 12 days of Christmas (24th December – 6th January). These includes carols for St. Stephen, St. John, St. Sylvester and the Holy Innocents.
For Strange Wonders, The Wexford Carols Vol. II singer/arranger Caitríona O’Leary and producer Ethan Johns have adopted an intimate interpretation of these remarkable and moving carols that marries early music, folk music and classical styles, bringing together an ensemble of luminaries that include Seth Lakeman (voice, viola), Clara Sanabras (voice, baroque guitar), John Smith (voice, guitar), Stile Antico (Choir), Alison Balsom (trumpet), Olov Johannson (nyckelharapa), Simone Collavechi (lute & renaissance guitar), Deirdre O’Leary (bass clarinet), Mel Mercier (percussion), and John Hearne (bassoon).
Produced by Ethan Johns and Dom Monks
Dom Monks – Recording and Mix Engineer
James Darkin – Mastering Engineer
1.Ye Sons of Men – 4.42
2.The Darkest Midnight in December – 7.39
3.This Great Mysterie – 2.56
4.On Christmas Night All Christians Sing – 3.56
5.The Night of the Nativity – 3.08
6. Saint Stephen had an Angel’s Face – 2.12
7.On St. Stephen’s Day – 2.56
8.A Carol for St. John’s Day – 10.11
9.Hail ye Flow’rs of Martyrs – 8.04
10.This Feast of St. Sylvester – 3.49
11.The Enniscorthy Christmas Carol – 5.05