Five Best Versions of Wexford Carol
I love "Wexford Carol." It's a simple, pretty Irish carol with a great melody. I have 30 versions of it and am always looking for more. Here are my favorites.
- •1. Nightnoise, "A Winter's Solstice IV"The version that introduced me to this song. Changes tempos nicely. Isn't the holidays unless I hear it at least once.
- •2. Steve Sano, "A Taro Patch Christmas"An Irish carol goes Hawaiian with this version on slack key guitar. Wonderful.
- •3. Benjamin Lynerd & Stephen Lynerd, "Impending Joy"A jazzy version on piano and xylophone.
- •4. Alison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma, Natalie MacMaster, Shane Shanahan & Cristina Pato, "Songs of Joy & Peace"A terrific arrangement with the undertones of the great cellist and MacMaster on bagpipes. Alison Krauss is an underrated treasure.
- •5. The Enniscorthy Christmas Carol, Roseanne Cash, Tom Jones, Catriola O'Leary & Rhiannon Giddens, "The Wexford Carols"A fascinating album with some great voices. O'Leary delves into the political history of this song - one of several Irish Catholics sang as part of their resistance to the British in the 17th and 18th centuries.