This one is a wee hidden gem. The quirky Canadian Siberry is best known no doubt for Calling All Angels that has graced many a movie soundtrack most poignantly the climax of Pay It Forward. This is a double album of 19 winter songs, mainly carols from the common and garden Silent Night and Oh Holy Night to the lesser spotted Mary Wanders Through the Thorn and Rutter’s Wildwood Carol. There are also Polish and French carols and even a traditional Hebrew Shepherd’s Lament. Interspersing all these are a few self penned seasonal songs of Siberry herself. It is an astounding set and all the more amazing as it was recorded live at New York’s The Bottom line in August 1996. Mainly stripped, if 12 musicians can keep it stripped, and piano led it adds the amazing vocals of Gail Ann Dorsey on Oh Holy Night. It has a mood that evokes both the warm cuddly chestnuts roasting spirit of Christmas and the real world transforming Spirit of the season! It is its mix of material that causes it to stand out. Beautiful.