Angels We Have Heard On High


Hugh, Kelly, James. Photo by Ana Miura

Every year for close to 40 years I have held a Winter Solstice party. At this year’s party, the house band did a version of Angels We Have Heard On High that was really quite ska like and bouncy. So for the past couple of days we’ve been recording and here it is! That’s Me on Vocals and Guitar, Hugh McMillan on bass, keyboard, guitar and vocals–Kelly Hood on uillean pipes–Dave Hebert on Djembe– Miriam Keyes, Joel Leblanc  and Miche Callaghan on background vocals.



  1. Irene Adler

    Very beautiful, nice take on a classical Christmas carol.

    • jimmykeelo

      Tahnks Irene! Merry Christmas!

  2. Karen O

    lovely take! I love the pipes at the end especially.

    • jimmykeelo

      Me too! Kelly is quite a player! Merry Christmas!

  3. Clyde Blackburn

    “Quite ska like and bouncy.” An apt description, James. Lovely mix of insturmental and vocal sounds. A treat to hear. Thanks for sharing!

    • jimmykeelo

      Just trying to keep it skanking for christmas!!!Thanks Clyde

  4. Katie

    Beautiful. A real song of celebration!

    • jimmykeelo

      Thanks Katie!

  5. Liz Davies

    James, this is wonderful! You have made my Christmas Eve with this delight. Thank you so much.
    Merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year
    Love Liz Davies x

    • jimmykeelo

      Thanks Liz, The same to you. Merry Christmas!

  6. Giff Nickol

    James, this is wonderful! I love it! And what a great ode to the folk tradition: Canadian musicians, using Irish bagpipes and an African drum, to play a Caribbean-sounding arrangement of a French Christmas carol…now, how cool is that!

    You really need to consider doing a Christmas album…I think it would be superb! Thanks again for sharing this with us! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! 🙂

    • jimmykeelo

      Thanks Giff. I’ll consider it…
      I hpe you are well, and a merry christmas to you!

  7. Cheryl

    Oh Sweet Baby Cheeses this is absolutely joyful ! Thank you James and Friends.
    Slainte and Merry Merry

    • jimmykeelo

      The Baby Cheeses of Nazareth! Thanks Cheryl!

  8. Myrn

    Love it. Favourite arrangement yet. Happy, happy Christmas!

    • jimmykeelo

      Thank Myrn. Merry Christmas to you!

  9. Barb Guthrie

    First thing I heard this Christmas morning! Love it!

    • jimmykeelo

      Thanks Barb, Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Angela Heck

    Love it. Totally agree with Giff’s comment and wholeheartedly endorse the Christmas album idea! Happy Holidays!

    • jimmykeelo

      Happy Holidays to you too Angela. All the best. We’ll get to work on the Christmas CD!

  11. Ute Migge-Lauterbach

    Great one, James! Greetings from Germany! We still hope you will one day come back – it is exactly 20 years this year you played for us … about time we meet again, don’t you think?

    • jimmykeelo

      Anytime Ute! Nice to hear from you!

  12. Violet Baker

    Just found your rendition of Angels We Have Heard On High, absolutely beautiful. Looking forward to your Christmas Album! Hope you can find time to make it! Have a happy and Healthy 2018.

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