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Thread #53537   Message #826488
Posted By: mmb
14-Nov-02 - 09:44 PM
Thread Name: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
Subject: RE: List Your Favorite Folk Christmas Songs
Anything in any of the Nowell Sing We Clear albums! I can't possibly list all the titles, but approaching their 28th season of live performances and with(I believe) 5 CD's, John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Bruenig, and Andy Davis (successor to Steve Woodruff) have kept the spirit of both Christmas and folk music alive and well! (Hey, Sandy, do I get a commission for hyping their albums? My nostalgia runneth over!)
Having attended for 23 of those years, I can attest to the sheer joy shared by their audiences, singing and foot-tapping through both the "religious" and "pagan/Solstice" portions of the performance. Especially when it was in the former St. Mark's church in Guilderland, when the building would resonate like an instrument to the tapping of everal hundred feet, whose owners loved blending their own harmonies as much as anticipating what foolish topical humor would arise in each year's Mummer's Play.

It is not for no reason that putting the first Nowell album into our record player remains our family's first non-church observance of Advent. It brings us together, even though I am 1500 miles away.

Plug "Nowell Sing We Clear" into your search engine and look for a location near you. Or get one of the CD's. Or give yourself a real gift and travel if you can, to experience one.