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Lyr Req: Sources of Christmas/Solstice music.

07 Nov 19 - 12:10 PM (#4017643)
Subject: Lyr Req: Sources of Christmas/Solstice music.
From: GUEST

Hello

I am searching for music, CD's and links etc. to sources for English, Cornish, Welsh Christmas/Winter Solstice themed music. The search includes old carols, folk songs, seasonal ritual type music and more.

Any wonderful ballads with a Christmas theme?
Folk songs with Christmas/Winter bird themes?
Children's Christmas/Winter Solstice songs?

I know of the Wren songs etc.
Open to lesser know carols, folk tunes and ballads.
Much thanks!
Now the search begins!


07 Nov 19 - 12:18 PM (#4017651)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sources of Christmas/Solstice music.
From: RTim

A newly publish book by Vermont's - Nowell Sing We Clear ie Tony Barrand, John Roberts, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis........

https://nowellsingweclear.com/product/nowell-sing-we-clear-songs-carols-for-midwinter-christmastide/#


Tim Radford


07 Nov 19 - 03:03 PM (#4017711)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sources of Christmas/Solstice music.
From: GUEST

https://worrallmvc.org.uk/merchandise.php
The blue book is a good source of carols


07 Nov 19 - 03:53 PM (#4017716)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sources of Christmas/Solstice music.
From: Joe Offer

I'm glad Tim called attention to the new songbook from Nowell Sing We Clear. If you go farther into the "Nowell" Website, you'll find lyrics and background information for all the songs they recorded. You'll find similar information in a slightly different format at http://www.goldenhindmusic.com/, which publishes the music of John Roberts and Tony Barrand.

The most extensive online source of Christmas music that I've found is https://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/ - a very interesting Website to explore.

-Joe-


07 Nov 19 - 08:34 PM (#4017785)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sources of Christmas/Solstice music.
From: Tattie Bogle

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band produced a number of albums back in the 80s: some great stuff on them: Carols and Capers, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, and A Tapestry of Carols. There has been a more recent compilation double CD -and live concerts - featuring the best of these. Well worth investigating.
Also Barbara Dickson has a really lovely CD, simply called "Winter" - a mix of carols, solstice and other secular songs on that theme.


07 Nov 19 - 10:52 PM (#4017792)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sources of Christmas/Solstice music.
From: GUEST

Andy Turner has a good page of trad songs, with background information
https://afolksongaweek.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/at-christmas-play-and-make-good-cheer/

If you can get Spotify here are a couple of playlists to listen to while you research, might give you some ideas even if some of the delivery is a bit difficult to listen to.
Favourites
https://open.spotify.com/user/headey/playlist/20YSGoSK7bKukDktuGHuyP?si=KUW8hHD0QE61GC3OKrdG0Q

& a bigger playlist
https://open.spotify.com/user/headey/playlist/5vDv2IjNbw3vRy9SP1jroQ?si=aNZfbBajSxigvFs4wCLQIA


08 Nov 19 - 09:40 AM (#4017920)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sources of Christmas/Solstice music.
From: GUEST,HiLo

You might want to give a listen to Loreena MacKennit's Two albums, A Midwinter Nights Dream (all Christmas) and also her album To Drive The Cold Winter Away which has quite a few Carols on it.