Songs for the Holidays; the Wren

Folk Music & Beyond Playlist for December 22, 2018
Hour 1: Songs for the Holidays

First Set

The Roches, “Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light,” We Three Kings, 1:34 Ryko

Maddy Prior, “It Came upon a Midnight Clear,” A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, 3:35 Rounder

Cherish the Ladies, “All on a Christmas Morning / The Carol of the Twelve Numbers,” A Star in the East, 3:32 Big Mammy Records

Johnny Cunningham, Akira Satake, Séamus Egan, “In Excelsis Deo,” The Soul of Christmas, 3:45 upaya/Tommy Boy Music

Second Set

Anonymous 4, “The Seven Rejoices of Mary,” Wolcum Yule, 3:43 Harmonia Mundi

Eiry Palfrey, “Never Again,” Telyneg, 1:30 TracRecord

Shira Kammen & Susan Rode Morris, “Le Brandvin / Holly and His Merry Men / Angelus ad Virginem,” The Castle of the Holly King, 3:00 Bright Angel Records

Midway Music

Cherish the Ladies, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Humours of CastleFinn / The Maid I Ne’er Forgot / O’Connell’s Welcome to Parliament,” A Star in the East, 5:26 Dorian Recordings

Third Set

Mary McLaughlin, “Hail God / Three Ships,” A Gaelic Christmas, 3:54 Rowan Records

Shira Kammen, “Christmas Day in the Morning,” The Castle of the Holly King, 1:42 Bright Angel Records

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band, “The Boar’s Head Carol,” Carols & Capers, 3:06 Park Records

Johnny Cunningham, “An Urbane Scotsman in Alaska,” A Winter’s Talisman, 1:20 Sheila-na-Gig Music / Caledonian Musicworks

Shinobu Sato, Howard Levy, “Riu Riu Chiu,” On This Day Earth Shall Ring, 1:38 Flying Fish Records

Shira Kammen, “Bring Us In Good Ale,” The Castle of the Holly King, 2:56 Bright Angel Records

Fourth Set

Community Music School of Santa Cruz, “Bha Sneachda Na Chuibhrig / Rug Muir Mac Do Dhia,” Mid Earth Rejoices, 3:05 (self-produced)

Altan, “Soillse Na Nollag,” Celtic Christmas / Selected Artists, 4:36 Windham Hill

Barbara Higbie, “Lullay Lully,” Winter Joy, 3:45 (self-produced)

Tommy Sands, “A Christmas Childhood / A Call to Hope,” To Shorten the Winter: An Irish Christmas with Tommy Sands, 4:37 Green Linnet

Folk Music & Beyond Playlist for December 22, 2018
Hour 2: The Wren, the Wren, the King of All Birds

First Set

Anonymous 4, “Awake and Join the Cheerful Choir,” Wolcum Yule, 4:09 Harmonia Mundi

Community Music School of Santa Cruz, “Cold Frosty Morning,” Mid Earth Rejoices, 3:44 (self-produced)

Second Set

Ashley MacIsaac, “The Night Before Christmas,” A Celtic Heartbeat Christmas, 2:18 Celtic Heartbeat

Susan McKeown & Johnny Cunningham, “Wexford Mummer’s Song,” A Winter’s Talisman, 2:22 Sheila-na-Gig Music / Caledonian Musicworks

Dordán, “Christmas Eve Reel,” Narada / Best of Celtic Christmas, 4:10 Narada

Third Set

Steeleye Span, “The King,” Please to See the King, 1:30 Shanachie

The Chieftains, “The Arrival of the Wren Boys,” “The Dingle Set,” “The Wren in the Furze,” The Bells of Dublin, 5:42 RCA/BMG

John Kirkpatrick, “Hunting the Wren,” Wassail! A Traditional Celebration of an English Midwinter, 4:03 Fellside Recordings

Fourth Set

Shay Black & Shira Kammen, “Cutty Wren,” The Castle of the Holly King, 3:13 Bright Angel Records

Fernhill, “Hela’r Dryw (Hunting the Wren),” 4:50

Fifth Set

Arcady, “The Boys of Barr na Sraide,” Many Happy Returns, 4:45 Shanachie

Karine Polwart, “King of Birds,” Traces, 4:10 negri music

Liz Story, “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella / When Blossoms Flowered mid the Snows,” The Gift, 2:54 Windham Hill