Songs of Christmas from the Alan Lomax Collection

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
These recordings were made between 1950 to 1964 by Lomax and his associates and reflect a marvelous cache of songs reflecting the holiday spirit in the folk music traditions gathered from around the world. A wide range of tunes, stories and ceremonies from the Georgia Sea Islands ("Walk Billy Abbot") to Scottish ("Mari Lywd Ceremony") to Olde English (an English Mummer's Christmas play) to Italian revelers ("Capo D'Anno") to Spanish busker musicians ("Aguinaldo") and beyond. An amazing collection of Christmas and holiday cheer from traditions long since relegated to the past.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
These recordings were made between 1950 to 1964 by Lomax and his associates and reflect a marvelous cache of songs reflecting the holiday spirit in the folk music traditions gathered from around the world. A wide range of tunes, stories and ceremonies from the Georgia Sea Islands ("Walk Billy Abbot") to Scottish ("Mari Lywd Ceremony") to Olde English (an English Mummer's Christmas play) to Italian revelers ("Capo D'Anno") to Spanish busker musicians ("Aguinaldo") and beyond. An amazing collection of Christmas and holiday cheer from traditions long since relegated to the past.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661171923
  • Catalog Number: 1719

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Entrance Of Father Christmas (0:58)
  2. 2 The Twelve Days of Christmas (2:20)
  3. 3 Christmas Rhyme (0:21)
  4. 4 The Motion Tune - Red Aunts (2:13)
  5. 5 Mari Lywd Ceremony (1:17)
  6. 6 Midwinter (0:40)
  7. 7 Aguinaldo - Valencia (2:40)
  8. 8 Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle (3:54)
  9. 9 A Warm Drink For The Baby (2:08)
  10. 10 Taladh An Leinish Losa (Christ Child Lullaby) (1:10)
  11. 11 No Room At The Inn/Last Month Of The Year - Vera Hall (8:55)
  12. 12 Venite Adoremus (1:40)
  13. 13 Tan Tan (2:06)
  14. 14 Shepherds Arise - Ron Copper (2:23)
  15. 15 Le Fils Du Roi De Glorie (3:55)
  16. 16 Sherburne (1:43)
  17. 17 Caramiles (1:17)
  18. 18 Exit Tune From Midnight Mass (0:49)
  19. 19 Las Doce Por La Virgen (Twelve Verses For The Virgin) (3:00)
  20. 20 Rumanian Midwinter Carol (0:56)
  21. 21 Singing The Travels (1:07)
  22. 22 The Gower Wassail - Charlie Bate (2:40)
  23. 23 Mari Lwyd Description & Farewell Verse (1:08)
  24. 24 Walk, Billy Abbot - The Georgia Sea Island Singers (1:22)
  25. 25 O Day (2:12)
  26. 26 Conch Shell Horn On New Yrar's Eve In Positano, Italy (0:55)
  27. 27 New Year's Day Tarantella (1:45)
  28. 28 Capo D'Anno (New Year's Song) (5:10)
  29. 29 Bon Nouvelle (3:53)
  30. 30 Breaking Up Christmas - Norman Edmonds (1:56)
  31. 31 Conclusion Of Symondsbury Mummer's Play (0:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Seamus Ennis Vocals, Track Performer
Ewan MacColl Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Cooper Track Performer
Bessie Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Ronald Cooper Track Performer
David Freeman Fife
Willis Proctor Vocals, Track Performer
Ron Copper Vocals, Track Performer
Trinidadian Cantique Singers Track Performer
David Thomas Track Performer
Bob Copper Track Performer
Norman Edmonds Track Performer
The Georgia Sea Island Singers Track Performer
Valencia Track Performer
David Freeman Fife
Technical Credits
Alan Lomax Producer, Engineer
Steve Rosenthal Mastering Producer
Phil Klum Mastering
Anna L. Chairetakis Producer
Jeffrey A. Greenberg Producer
Marion Jacobson translation
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