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Dusting off Xmas repertoire

GUEST,Wayne 11 Dec 06 - 10:08 AM
oldhippie 11 Dec 06 - 07:40 AM
GUEST,Genie 11 Dec 06 - 03:59 AM
Genie 05 Dec 02 - 02:54 PM
GUEST 04 Dec 01 - 07:44 PM
Snuffy 04 Dec 01 - 07:21 PM
Morticia 04 Dec 01 - 12:56 PM
GUEST 04 Dec 01 - 06:29 AM
Robin2 03 Dec 01 - 10:48 PM
Genie 03 Dec 01 - 03:34 PM
Liz the Squeak 25 Nov 99 - 05:18 AM
KathWestra 24 Nov 99 - 03:29 PM
Stewie 24 Nov 99 - 09:27 AM
Folksie Lady 24 Nov 99 - 03:57 AM
Allan C. 22 Nov 99 - 08:31 AM
Allan C. 22 Nov 99 - 07:22 AM
Liz the Squeak 22 Nov 99 - 06:19 AM
Liz the Squeak 22 Nov 99 - 05:43 AM
margaret 21 Nov 99 - 08:43 PM
21 Nov 99 - 04:48 PM
wildlone 21 Nov 99 - 12:06 PM
John McGlinchey (John@Glinchnet.com) 21 Nov 99 - 10:19 AM
SingsIrish Songs 21 Nov 99 - 04:52 AM
CRibet 20 Nov 99 - 11:54 PM
CRibet 20 Nov 99 - 11:42 PM
WyoWoman 20 Nov 99 - 10:48 PM
Liz the Squeak 20 Nov 99 - 01:41 PM
McGrath of Harlow 20 Nov 99 - 10:34 AM
Owlkat 20 Nov 99 - 02:53 AM
Curtis & Loretta 20 Nov 99 - 01:08 AM
Susan A-R 19 Nov 99 - 11:31 PM
Folksie Lady 16 Nov 99 - 01:57 PM
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reggie miles 16 Nov 99 - 12:31 PM
Liz the Squeak 16 Nov 99 - 08:39 AM
Micca 16 Nov 99 - 07:25 AM
merri@ozemail.com.au 16 Nov 99 - 01:12 AM
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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: GUEST,Wayne
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 10:08 AM

Dan Fogleberg is my favourite singer-songwriter but I must admit I hadn't realized he'd made a Christmas album. Last I heard, he was still strugglig with his health.

Is it readily available?

Diolch

Wayne


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: oldhippie
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 07:40 AM

Joyce Poley of Canada has a nice Christmas CD, containing an excellent song "Would You Like To Hold The Baby".


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Subject: Dusting off Xmas repertoire - This Endris Night
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 03:59 AM

Folksie Lady, I bought Dan Fogelberg's Christmas album for my sister last year and did not get to hear it till she played it. I really enjoyed the kind of Medieval flavor to the album, and "This Endris Night" is an especially beautiful cut.   I've decided to add that one to my repertoire also.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Genie
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 02:54 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Dec 01 - 07:44 PM

To think that the common person has any idea about the X besides some sort of abbreviation is highly doubtful. It's just another example of a lazy society.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 Dec 01 - 07:21 PM

Apparently the use of X to mean Christ was a usage of the medieval scribes. In Greek the letter Chi is written X, and being the first letter of Christ, X was adopted as the abbreviation. Thus Xmas = Christmas, and Xofer = Christopher, Xian = Christian, etc.

(P.S. why is abbreviation such a long word?)

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Morticia
Date: 04 Dec 01 - 12:56 PM

Strange, I've been squirreling the Corpus Christi Carol all damn day,had to go look up the words when I got in as I could only remember the first verse.... and I didn't even notice this thread 'til now.Spooky, eh?


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Dec 01 - 06:29 AM

What is "Xmas"?


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Robin2
Date: 03 Dec 01 - 10:48 PM

I'll submit a great little 18th century English Dance tune "The John Tallis Canon". Makes a wonderful holiday instrumental. The tune can be found at:

Great for any lead instruments

Robin


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Genie
Date: 03 Dec 01 - 03:34 PM

There's a beautiful carol called "In The Bleak Midwinter," which can be found in the Unitarian Hymnal (as can the tune an first two verses of "The Huron Carol."

BTW, some hymnals have "Allelujah" in the chorus of the Huron Carol. I sing it with "Ahatonia" (which, I believe is a Huron translation) instead.

Does anyone know if it was originally written in French or in the Huron language? And does anyone know where I could get the original (not English) words?atonia" (which, I believe is a Huron translation) instead.
atonia" (which, I believe is a Huron translation) instead.

"This Endris Night" sounds intriguing. What's the name of the Dan Fogelberg it's on?


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Nov 99 - 05:18 AM

How available is it in UK? 'Cos sometimes we get stuff the US doesn't, and vice versa. We're falling over the stuff, and transponders are treating it like hens teeth. Any chance of an ISBN please?

Thanks, LTS


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: KathWestra
Date: 24 Nov 99 - 03:29 PM

I agree that the St. George's Canzona recording, "To Drive the Cold Winter Away," is sensational. (Bummer that it got et!) No idea if it's still available, but definitely worth looking for. A similar recording by the Baltimore Consort is called "Bright Day Star," and is definitely available on CD. It's a marvelous collection of unusual holiday material, and one of my favorites of the season.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Stewie
Date: 24 Nov 99 - 09:27 AM

For non-traditional stuff, there are nearly 50 CDs listed here, ranging from Emmylou Harris to Tiny Tim: http://www.villagerecords.com/christmas/


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Folksie Lady
Date: 24 Nov 99 - 03:57 AM

Went to Borders tonight....lots of holiday music about, mostly same old same old, but there was one bright spot: a new CD by Dan Fogelberg. Anyone heard this? I think I bought it because of the song "This Endris Night", one of the rarely sung yet beautiful songs.

FL


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Allan C.
Date: 22 Nov 99 - 08:31 AM

I found this site a couple of weeks ago which may be of some interest. It features lyrics to songs in celebration of Winter Solstice. It appears that there is a CD available here.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Allan C.
Date: 22 Nov 99 - 07:22 AM

I have been enjoying a Waterbug CD by William Pint and Felicia Dale called "When I See Winter Return" which includes a varitey of songs-which-haven't-been-sung-to-death, or at least a different treatment of a couple of them. One I like a lot is "Quant Je Vo Yver Retorner" (which is odd because I don't understand a word of it!) and another is "Over the Hill and Over the Dale". There is a song on the Kingston Trio Christmas CD called "The White Snows of Winter" which I have always loved as well - partly because I recognize that has the potential for being done far better than that.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 22 Nov 99 - 06:19 AM

The Kipper family wrote the 'Poachers Christmas', using the following:

On the 12th day of Christmas my dog and I brought back:

12 stags a rutting

11 salmon swimming

10 hares receding

9 breeding rabbits - all with dirty habits

8 stoned crows

7 pleasant pheasants

6 bootiful turkeys (in joke re: Norfolk accent)

5 poached eggs

4 bald coots

3 lame ducks

2 moor hens

and a partridge in an old sack

On the 13th day of Christmas my dog and I got caught with:

(SPOKEN) We got taken to court and tried, and spent the next 14 days inside...

LTS


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 22 Nov 99 - 05:43 AM

I had a tape of St George's Canzona called 'To drive the cold winter away', but the tape machine in the car ate it, and I've been unsuccessful in getting another copy since. Of course, it was one of the ones that I don't have a backup copy for, (don't tell anyone, but I usually copy tapes for the car and leave the original at home for the reason mentioned above, and I'm too lazy to go out to the car every time I'm looking for a tape...) Anyone got any ideas where I can get another??

And I really want to know more about Ambrose the amber a***d whatever....

The 'old grudges forgot/put into the pot' line is based on the pagan ritual at Samhain (Hallowe'en) of writing any regrets/grudges/arguments/whatever on a piece of paper, that was put into a large pot. These were then burnt as part of the Samhain or New Year ritual, so that the new year was started with a clean slate, and the opportunity to make right and resolve whatever you wrote on the paper.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: margaret
Date: 21 Nov 99 - 08:43 PM

did anyone mention "to drive the cold winter away" yet? it's got some extraordinary poetry that you can really have fun with, such as "old grudges forgot/are put in the pot"... but it's still a good song in the end. cheers!


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From:
Date: 21 Nov 99 - 04:48 PM

The Twelve Days After Christmas

The 1st day after Christmas, my true love and I had a fight and so I chopped that pear tree down and burned it just for spite. And with a single cartridge, I shot that blasted partridge, my true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

The 2nd day after Christmas, I pulled on the old rubber gloves and very gently wrung the necks of both those turtle doves.

The 3rd day after Christmas, my mother caught the croup. I had to use those 3 french hens to make some chicken soup.

The 4 calling birds were a big mistake, for their language was obscene. The 5 gold rings were completely fake for they turned my fingers green.

The 6th day after Christmas, the 6 laying geese wouldn't lay. And so I turned the whole darn bunch into the ASPCA.

The 7th day after Christmas, oh, what a mess I found. All 7 of those swimming swans had just mysteriously drowned.

The 8th day after Christmas, before they could suspect; I bundled up the 8 maids a milking, 9 ladies dancing, 10 lords a leaping, 11 pipers piping, 12 drummers drumming and sent them back collect.

I wrote my true love, we are through love, and I said in so many words, "And further more your Christmas gifts are for the birds!"


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: wildlone
Date: 21 Nov 99 - 12:06 PM

Marion, the Friendly Beasts is that the one that goes
"I said the donkey with coat of brown"?
We sang it a few years ago at a Yetties night and they now use it at Christmass, I would like any info on this song please.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: John McGlinchey (John@Glinchnet.com)
Date: 21 Nov 99 - 10:19 AM

For those of you who are Stan Rogers fans, Stan also wrote a very funny Christmas song, "At Last I'm Ready for Chistmas" that is now on the just released "From Coffeehouse to Concert Hall" CD. I was at a concert in 1982 just before Christmas when Stan sang this as an encore. It had us rolling in the aisles. Little did I know that this would be the last song I would hear him sing in person.

Here are the lyrics, I'm still trying to get the chords right. Any help would be appreciated.

John

----------------------------------------------------

At Last I'm Ready For Christmas Stan Rogers, 1982 Last Boxing Day the wife went out the "White Sales" for to see, In trunk-load lots bought half-price paper and tinsel for the tree. I packed it up for use this year in a box I marked so plain. That stuff would sure be handy now, but it's never been seen again. chorus: At last, I'm ready for Christmas, I've even finished the tree, At last, I'm ready for Christmas, like I thought I'd never be! With my feet propped up by a nice hot fire and a matching inside glow, At last, I'm ready for Christmas, with nearly two hours to go! We swore this year we'd start off early, no need to rush around, The intention was to start in August when the prices still were down! But it was dentist-this and new bike-that and the money melts away; So I had to wait for Christmas bonus and did it all yesterday! chorus We must be fools, just look at that pile, you can hardly see the tree! We said this year we'd keep things simple, then did our usual spree. But it feels so good when the kids go nuts! It's work the toil and strain. These kids are only this young once and they'll never be so again. chorus twice


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: SingsIrish Songs
Date: 21 Nov 99 - 04:52 AM

"Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney" and "I Said a Prayer for Santa Claus" recorded by Jimmy Boyd--I love these two! If only I could find the music for them somewhere!

Gene Autry's: "He'll be Comin' Down the Chimney" and "Look out the Window" (with Rosie Clooney); and Rosie Clooney's "Suzie Snowflake"...

"Deck of Cards" I've heard done at this time of year as well.

I like learning songs you don't commonly hear anymore--ie off my parents' collection of LP's and 45's that I haven't come across on cd yet...

Mary


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: CRibet
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 11:54 PM

Emily...you sound like my kind of person. I love the muppets. And John Denver. Ok....so everybody laugh. But I also play hammered dulcimer and play St Basils Hymn year round. I have just been asked if there were any words to this. As I have heard it is a childrens carol then I would assume that there are. OK...any takers for this one?


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: CRibet
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 11:42 PM

Have you heard.. "Time to Remember the Poor"? 'Tis now a Christmas tradition for us.

I am looking for the words to "Hush My Babe". I know Doc Watson sang it. And the tune is that of "I shall Arise"..and also the for the hymn "Come Ye Sinners". any clues?


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: WyoWoman
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 10:48 PM

Mary -- I am guffawing, guffawing mind you, at the idea of singing "Oh Little Town of Bethelehem" to "house of the Rising Sun" at our staff Christmas party in a couple of weeks. Bless you, m' dear. Bless you.

Here are some I've done for Christmas:

God Bless the Master (The Watersons)

Gaudette

Le Sommeil de l'Enfant Jesus

Malpas Wassail Song (WAtersons)

My Dancing Day

Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy (ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!)

Good Old Way

And, of course, the ever-splendid "Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel" and "Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming."

WW

P.S. Mary, did you know that you can sing ANY of Emily Dickenson's poems to "House of the Rising Sun" or, if you know it, "The Yellow Rose of Texas?"


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 01:41 PM

The pub carols are on a tape called 'Bells of Paradise' (from the Down in yon forest carol that I lied about not hearing until last week, I'd just not remembered that I'd heard it and indeed, sung it several years before). They are from the village of Castleton, in the Derbyshire peak district, and can be had, with booklet, from Village Carols, Bridge House, Unstone, Sheffield UK, S18 5AF.

Hope this is useful to someone out there, it sure has been for me, and thank you Micca for reminding me I had it, now, tell me, where is my Best of Queen tape please??

LTS


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 10:34 AM

By Jove, I really needed that

Captain Bloodknock c/o HMP Wormwood Scvrubs


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Owlkat
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 02:53 AM

I think these are the words for the Goon's song

c I'm walking backwards for Christmas G Across the Irish Sea G I'm walking backwards for Christmas c It's the only thing for me c7 I've tried walking sideways f And to the front d People just smiled and said g "Oh, that's just a publicity stunt" c a I'm walking backwards for Christmas d g c It's the only life for me!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Curtis & Loretta
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 01:08 AM

We've been doing Christmas Island the last couple years, with ukulele. A nice, island type Christmas song. I believe it's from the 40's. Leon Redbone recorded it.

Loretta S


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Susan A-R
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 11:31 PM

How about Jean Ritchie's Brightest and Best. It's in Rise Up Singing as well, and can be done with lovely harmonies. Lots of good Wassail songs out there too.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Folksie Lady
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 01:57 PM

(I'm back, if anyone remembers me! [grin])

Ah, Christmas music....some of my very favorite. I am in the process of doing some "theme tapes" of just these songs. First one is "Dig That Crazy Santa", second is a contemporary re-telling of the Christmas story (entirely Christian), third is childhood and other experiences and the darker side of the holidays (one of Si Kahn's songs, about a factory worker who gets laid off at Christmas, for example), and the last is good ol' fashioned carols and songs we all know. But wait a minute--most of the tunes are not so familiar.

Try "O Little Town of Bethlehem" done by John Roberts and Tony Barrand on "Nowell Sing We Clear." Or "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" done by the good folks at Folk-Legacy. And YES--there IS an alternate tune for "O Come, All Ye Faithful"! (my favorite carol) You can find it on "Snow Angels" and it's sung by Kevin Connolly.

*Lots* more songs, too numerous to mention here. And check out Cyndi Lauper's "Merry Christmas....Have a Nice Life!" album. It came out last year and is, surprisingly, rather folkie! If you're into Scandinavian stuff, try Garrison Keillor's "Now It Is Christmas Again."

I was extremely fortunate to find an old Folkways album at a thrift store this summer. It's by Alan Mills and is called "Christmas Songs of Many Lands." (all sung in English) I doubt this is still in print but it is well worth the effort of a search.

I could wax prosaic on this subject for many more paragraphs, but 'tis time to turn over the forum to someone else! :)

Good cheer to all,

Folksie Lady


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 01:36 PM

Or the Goons' classic

I'm walking backwards for Christmas
across the Irish sea...

But I can't put it together right now.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: reggie miles
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 12:31 PM

What? No mention of that classic by The Three Stooges, "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas". Here's another that goes to the tune of Oh Come All Ye Faithful and celebrates another tradition of the season, the feast.

Oh come get a face full

Christmas dinner's ready

Oh come eat, oh come eat the turkey is done

Potatoes and dressing, all covered in gravy

Eggnog and Christmas cookies

Pumpkin pie with whipped cream

Eat until your pants screeeeeam

Tooooo tiiiiight, no more

Sawry, I couldn't help myself. This little ditty just came to me out of the blue one day last year while on my way to play Christmas songs on my razor sharp handtool (my musical saw) down at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. It's been six years ago this season that I first got up the nerve to play the saw in public and it was such a hoot that I've never stopped. Folks seem to really enjoy it. It would be nice to put together a choir of saws to do songs with. Well I can dream can't I.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:39 AM

Ah, if you will excuse the pun, Penny drops with resounding clang.

I do indeed have a tape of these sort of folky/pub carols, and had forgotten all about them. Can look and see what is on them if you like, but it will take me an hour or two to sort them out.

SO has always meant standing order so I have to learn a whole new pile of acronyms... guess this really is TEOTWAWKI.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Micca
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 07:25 AM

SO is shorthand for Significant Other in your case Paul the Shark. Didn't he have a tape of this kind of stuff in the car? and played it on our way somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: merri@ozemail.com.au
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 01:12 AM

I've always liked "Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar". It can be sung straight or with a choral behind it (usually one about King David or something). I think this is in the Oxford Book of Carols. I also like "Orana" by James somebody (being Aussie). Orana is an aboriginal word meaning "welcome" (don't know which dialect). This should be readily available as everyone sang it when I was at school (oh no, a while ago now!). Anyway, I have a collection of "alternative" carols, some of which I've heard other places and some of which I wrote myself in desperation... there are lots to "We Three Kings", "While Shepherds Watched", "Twelve Days of Christmas" and I even know one to Jingle Bells. I do like the alternative tune to O Little Town that Cliff Richard and Amy Grant have both done - I don't know what the tune's called but some of you may have heard it. (Don't shoot me!) About the only "commercial" song I've ever acquired a fondness for is Blue Christmas...


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 11:18 PM

I've no idea what my SO is, and probably wouldn't understand it anyway....

As regards to the Ilkley Moor, I have no idea where it is published as a hymn tune - which it was originally written as, the Yorkshire song came much later - but you should be able to find it in books of traditional English folk song, campsite songs, that sort of thing or try a tune site. It appears to be one of those songs you learn by osmosis - no one every actually writes it down or goes out with the actual intention of learning it, you just seem to magically know it when it get sung on bus journeys or at camp..... There must be thousands of songs out there that people never actually read to learn, or only know the first verse and a half to... Oh no, what have I started now!!!!!

However, if you really want, I can sing it down the phone to an answerphone near you, or send a cassette if you are really desperate, let me know on liz_the_squeak@ukgateway.net and we can negotiate the chocolate later...

LTS


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 08:30 PM

If it's real village carols you want, Ian Russell is your man:

http://www.sgpublishing.co.uk/gm/vc/vcabout.html

There are CDs and books and all. And if anyone in the Cattrap was at Sidmouth this year for Christmas in August in the pub, with Ian Russell in his glory wasn't it great. "Cracking" in fact.

At a humbler level, I've a song I wrote myself which I like to sing around Christmas:

http://www.macgrath.freeserve.co.uk/Songlists/man%20with%20a%20mandolin.htm#Paper chains

(Sorry not to put inthe blue clicky thing, but I can't find the bit of paper I wrote out with the instructions, and if I don't use that, it always goes wrong)


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Barbara
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 08:21 PM

And here's a very different and powerful wassail song: Homeless Wassail.
Can anyone postthe words to the New York City Carol?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Barbara
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 08:16 PM

I happen to have in my hands here a catalog from Legacy Books with 15 or so tapes and CDs made by Ian Russell of the Christmas Songs of Yorkshire, different pubs each time. It's my understanding that Russell goes to a different pub each year and records the local village songs, and then puts them out on a tape/CD. So each year there's one more.
I'm in the process of learning one called the Christmas Tree, and when we get past dress rehearsal week, (this week) for Peter Pan, I will post it for you.

I heard about the village carols on public radio, myself, and here's the message I got back yesterday from the woman who distributes the tapes, sheet music and CDs in this country. (US).

"Dear Barbara
I printed out your E-Mail request for a Village Carols catalog, knew I had to send one, so I printed an envelope with your name and address, then couldn't find the printout. I sent both a copy of the Village Carols, plus a copy oof the "latest" Come-All-Ye, our book review (quarterly). An enclosed note explains that I sold both Legacy Books and Come-All-Ye (and it's been like pulling teeth to get any action from them) but they did not take over selling The Village Carols Series, so I still have a good stock on them at this point. There was a new one this year. It's all in the envelope that I sent out yesterday. It will take a week to get out to Oregon.
I still have to use the Legacybks@aol.com because I'm still selling books until I can find someone to take it over. I was 80 years old this year and I'm beginning to creak with arthritis.
Lillian Krelove
Legacy Books


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Hummingbird
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 08:11 PM

My personal favorite is Ambrose the Amber A- -'d Antelope.

Hummer.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Micca
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 08:04 PM

Penny I think Liz the Squeak's SO has a tape of them if she doesn't pick this up herself I will prompt her.She might do you a copy. Chocolate or offers of chocolate seems to work,


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: emily rain
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 07:54 PM

tom lehrer's "CHRISTMAS TIME"


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Penny S.
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 05:36 PM

I keep trying to get the school to sing "While Shepherds Watched" to Ilkley Moor, which it was once sung to. So far no good. Is there any book of the carols sung in pubs in (is it) Derbyshire, where they fled when the bands were kicked out of the churches? I heard some on the radio once, but have never seen any of them anywhere.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Micca
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 05:28 PM

Marion, I have a little funny ebout Adeste Fidelis,Altho' now Pagan I grew up Catholic in Ireland and sang in a church choir as a boy soprano(Shut up Liz I can hear you squeak/laughing from here) I therefore learned it in Latin and subsequently never learned it in English. One Christmas I was staying with the very posh family of my then girlfriend and their family custom was church on Christmas day. So there am I, a card carrying Pagan( well when in Rome, politeness costs nothing)in a very High Protestant church built around 1200. Everyone stands and starts singing "Oh come all ye faithful"except for "yours Truly" who, for the first time in 400 years, regales the congregation with "Adeste fidelis laete triumphantes" everyone turned and stared, and being very English it was never mentioned by the family again. The vicar invited me for a drink later but thats a different story.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Marion
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 03:55 PM

Liz the Squeak: I will put words to the Huron Carol in another thread. Don't you like the standard tune to Adeste Fideles? It's one of my favourite carols.

Ana: If you want unorthodox Christmas songs, try the Arrogant Worms (a musical comedy trio from Kingston, Ontario). They have a whole CD of cynical/humorous Christmas songs; I haven't heard that CD, but I've heard good reviews of their Christmas concert, and I love the sense of humour exhibited in their other CDs.

General: I love "The Friendly Beasts" (words and chords in Rise Up Singing). There is a legend that on every Christmas Eve, farm animals are able to speak and they pass the story on to each other about the birth of Christ. This song is about that.

Marion


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Blackcat2
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 01:31 PM

Anyone with a bass voice (or close to it) should have "Mr. Grinch" in their mix - I always get a big hand for it - from both kids and adults. Nostalga is a questionable source for me usually, but the song is so cool.


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: Barbara
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 12:39 PM

If you want a parody, try The Day That Santa Died.
"Down In Yon Forest" is in the Oxford Book of Carols, as is Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day; there's a wonderful arrangement of Good Christian Men in the OBC. I like the minor melody carol in the Quaker hymn book, to the effect of "She's black and she's white and Muslim and Hindu and Jew, he's (I forget)... and, oh yes, the Christ Child is you".
Other ones I haven't tired of yet: Christ Child Lullabye, more later.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Dusting off Xmas repertoire
From: sophocleese
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:46 AM

Some good rules there MMario. My kids are itching to get decorations up and I'm holding out until the beginning of December. Last year after a month of daily disputes with my son I took everything out to hang on walls etc. and said "Okay lets get this place decorated!" My son looked completely surprised and made it clear that he was expecting ME to do it all. He discovered that that wasn't the deal at all. I still shudder over aspects of an August trip out to New Brunswick a few years ago when the kids favourite song was Jingle Bells. Scary!!


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