An Irish Christmas Celebration| Posted October 27, 2019
August 19, 2019 was one of the hottest days of the year in Nashville, with the temperature reaching 96 degrees. Day one of the Sing! Getty Worship Conference had a theme of the Incarnation. That day of the conference was closed by two Christmas concerts at the Grand Ole Opry House that were filmed for a television special. Sing! An Irish Christmas – Live at The Grand Ole Opry House, the Getty’s third Christmas album, includes an hour and 18 minutes of content, and is the audio companion to the television special.
The Getty’s are backed by their incredible band, along with several special guests. The album includes just about everything you might expect from a Christmas album - from instrumentals just as “Sleigh Ride Medley”, classic Christmas carols such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, and “Joy to the World”, a wonderful new song “Elizabeth”, written and performed by Kristyn Getty and Ellie Holcomb – as well as some songs you might not think of as fitting on a Christmas album (“Inoshowen”, “In Christ Alone").
The Getty’s band is excellent throughout. Special guests, in addition to Holcomb, include the joyfully energetic Venezuelan classical flutist Pedro Eustache, rapper Trip Lee, who adds his talent to “O Children Come.” The great guitarist Phil Keaggy is featured on “Silent Night”, and Matt Boswell and Matt Papa perform their new modern Christmas hymn “Sing We The Song of Emmanuel”, written with Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, from their album His Mercy Is More: The Hymns Of Matt Boswell And Matt Papa.
This album, and the upcoming television special, will be wonderful ways to celebrate the Christmas season.