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The McGarrigle Christmas Hour

The McGarrigle Christmas Hour is a 2005 album by Kate and Anna McGarrigle. A sequel to their 1998 album The McGarrigle Hour, the album features a program of Christmas music recorded by the McGarrigles, their family and a number of friends and collaborators. It was also the last album to be released by the duo before Kate's death in 2010.

Performers on the album include Kate's son and daughter Rufus and Martha, Anna's husband Dane Lanken and their children Lily and Sylvan, and Kate and Anna's sister Jane, as well as Emmylou Harris, Chaim Tannenbaum, Pierre Marchand, Joel Zifkin, Brad Albetta, Teddy Thompson and Beth Orton.

Track listing

The tracks chosen for the album are primarily traditional Christmas carols or pop standards, although several original Christmas-themed songs written by the participants were included as well. Each song's songwriting credit is noted below.

  1. "Seven Joys of Mary" (4:51) - traditional
  2. "Old Waits Carol" (2:36) - traditional
  3. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (3:58) - Brooks/Redner
  4. "Il est né/Ça berger" (4:35) - traditional
  5. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" (3:02) - Frank Loesser
  6. "Rebel Jesus" (4:10) - Jackson Browne
  7. "Some Children See Him" (3:56) - Burt/Hitson
  8. "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" (4:07) - Martha Wainwright
  9. "Counting Stars" (3:19) - Ian Vincenzo Dow/Kate McGarrigle/Anna McGarrigle
  10. "Spotlight on Christmas" (3:23) - Rufus Wainwright
  11. "Wise Men" (4:02) - Kate McGarrigle/Anna McGarrigle
  12. "Port Starboard Sox" (3:27) - Pat Donaldson/Dane Lanken/Kate McGarrigle/Anna McGarrigle
  13. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (3:27) - traditional
  14. "Blue Christmas" (3:36) - Hayes/Johnson


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