third week in advent
The sort of happy anticipation you have when you're getting ready to be with someone you love is the idea behind the readings and celebrations of the third week in Advent. Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday is often called, from the introit in the Mass of the day - gaudete -- rejoice.
Music that especially goes along with this idea is a recording by the Ireland based group Dordan called The Night Before. Dordan is Mary Bergin on whistles and flute, Dearbhaill Standun on fiddle, Kathleen Loughnane on harp, and singer and guitarist Martina Goggin. With seasonal tunes and songs they create an atmosphere by turns hushed and joyous, and in many ways very Irish too, all leading to Christmas eve, and then the celebration of Christmas. Music includes Draiocht na bOiche, Oiche Nollag, Don Oiche Ud i mBeithil, and March of the Dreoilin.
You may find The Night Before as a stand alone recording, but a better way to look for it is as part of the two disc set
Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas. More about the other disc to come -- it includes music from Bonnie Rideout, Kathy Mattea, Cathie Ryan, and Natalie MacMaster among others.
you may also want to see
Music Road: first week in advent
Music Road: Eileen Ivers: An Nollaig
Music Road: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: In the Moment