|An English Folk Christmas
The wassail cup with steaming drink, the cold and frost of mid-winter revelry outdoors, at night, with only feeble lamps to guide the way; these are just some of the images we have of Christmas past, merged in our minds with our own carol singing days, trudging from door to door, through street and alley, singing of the joys of Christmas. In our mind's eye we can see the wassailers, stamping in the snow, sipping the occasional swig from a discrete flask - and singing, and playing with all their hearts, celebrating the joy of Christmas and of the New Year to come, with its promise of Springtime and new growth. This selection of cheery Christmas songs and carols would be enough to warm even the most stubborn of hearts! Many old favourites are here, plus a few - even older, for the most part - which come from the ancient English folk song tradition. They are sung in traditional manner, with improvised accompaniment from either voices, or instruments. Even songs such as 'Silent Night' benefit from this treatment, and the performance we hear on this album is moving, its simplicity of style quite appropriate to the tune and its text.
English Christmas songs - Christmas cheer in English songs, tunes and carols. Hearty songs and music for Christmas. Imagine country carol singers of yore stamping their feet against the cold, and singing their hearts out. Songs and carols old and new in cheerful Christmas celebration, with amazing instrumental accompaniment on fiddles, melodeons, drums and pipes. The CD has 21 tracks of traditional English Christmas songs and music.
1 Good King Wenceslas. 2 Wassail, wassail. 3 Lullay, lullow. 4 Deck the halls with boughs of holly. 5 The first Nowell. 6 God rest ye, merry gentlemen. 7 Tomorrow shall be my dancing day. 8 The seven joys of Mary. 9 Bright morning star. 10 Joy to the world. 11 Ding dong merrily on high. 12 Hark, the herald angels sing!. 13 Silent night. 14 While shepherds watched. 15 Here we go a-wassailing. 16 The holly bears a berry. 17 Once in royal David's city. 18 We three kings. 19 O little town of Bethlehem
20. The twelve days of Christmas. 21 O come, all ye faithful