01. Joy to the World
A joyful unique approach to the classic with acoustic
guitars and nylon string harmony guitar.
02. Angels We Have Heard On High
These angel voices resonate from acoustic guitars with a
03. O Holy Night
(featuring Kym Warner)
My friend Kym from The Greencards was kind enough to add
his lead mandolin and the 8 string bouzouki part that
you hear on the right. The rain was recorded outside
the studio on the day I recorded my guitars.
04. The First Noel
Fingerpick style acoustic guitar…I added a mandolin to
support the melody and my little Elka accordion for
color. I was always inspired by Jon Emery's version of
05. In the Bleak Midwinter
The beautiful Gustav Holst melody played on our 7 foot
Baldwin piano, filled out with a dreamy pad, accordion
solo and a little guitar.
06. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
(featuring Kenny Putnam)
Kenny is actually the musician I've spent the most hours
onstage with in my career. His fiddle is perfect here,
and he recorded it in his home studio in Rapid City, SD.
07. O Tannenbaum
(featuring David Carroll)
I love David’s upright bass on this track. This is my nod to the Vince
Guaraldi Christmas album we all know and love. I played the lead on a
Godin nylon string guitar, added piano, bongos and snare drum.
08. Good King Wenceslaus / I Saw
I found a way to give this a bit of an Irish lilt which led me naturally
into "I Saw Three Ships" and a medley was born. I added my Regal dobro
to the mix and on the left you'll hear a dulcimer.
Deck The Halls
I was bound and determined to have one song on solo guitar, and this is
it. It's my tiny Collings single O guitar I bought from Jerry Jeff,
tuned to a double-drop C.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
I enjoyed the syncopation on the rhythm guitar, and then matched it on
the lead. My Giulietti accordion ties it all together.
11. What Child Is This?
A slightly funky approach, augmented with baritone guitar and bongos.
12. Silent Night
(featuring Christine Albert)
My wife Christine makes records in French and English called Texafrance...it
was a no brainer to have her close out my record with the only vocals.
Thanks, honey, and Merry Christmas.
I’ve always been a lover of Christmas music, and I’m happy to present my
instrumental takes on some of my favorite carols. I hope these ornaments
I’ve created will warm you like a crackling cookstove fire on a cold winter
Christmas is a time for family…special thanks to mine…Christine, Sam,
Casey, Ali, Brody and Troupe. Big love to Dad and Phyllis, mom-in-law Betty,
my first wife Gwen and her mom Loretta. You’ve all made my Christmas
memories so very special. Joyful thanks to my brothers Mike and Gary, my
sister Patty, my extended step and in-law siblings, all their spouses and
families and all the cousins, aunts and uncles around the globe.
In loving memory of Darleen Gage, John Albert and Alpha Braunesreither.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. CG
Produced by Chris Gage
Recorded and mixed by Chris Gage at
MoonHouse Studio, Austin, TX
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at
Terra Nova Digital Audio, Austin, TX
Ornament photos by Chris Gage
Photo of Chris Gage by Winker Withaneye
Artwork by Dick Reeves Design
All songs public domain.
Arranged by Chris Gage