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English village carols
Russell, Ian, 1947- , writer of accompanying material.
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Folkways, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Smithsonian Folkways: SFW 40476 (on container: SFW CD 40476).

"Traditional Christmas carolling from the Southern Pennines"--Container.

Originally released by Village Carols, Sheffield.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Ian Russell, bibliography, and discography (27 p. : ill.) inserted in container.
Awake, arise, good Christians (3:46) ; Pentonville (4:43) (carollers from the Royal Hotel, Dungworth) -- Hark, hark! (3:07) ; How beautiful upon the mountain (2:21) (carollers from the Black Bull, Ecclesfield) -- Sweet chiming bells (4:01) ; Star of Bethlehem (4:38) (carollers from the Blue Ball Inn, Worrall) -- Prodigal son (3:35) ; Foster (4:10) (carollers from the Fountain Inn, Ingbirchworth) -- Hark, hark! (2:15) ; Shepherds rejoice (3:18) (carollers from Castleton) -- Peace o'er the world (2:29) ; Hail smiling morn (2:34) (the Little John Singers from Hathersage) -- Mount Zion (3:24) ; Jacob's well (4:21) (carollers from the Travellers Rest, Oughtibridge) -- Raise, Christians, raise (1:52) ; Marshall (2:34) (the Foolow Carollers) -- Expectation (2:15) ; Lo! The eastern magi rise (1:40) (the Coal Aston Carollers) -- Angels from the realms (2:24) ; Three harks (2:08) (Beeston Methodist Carol Choir) -- The Christmas tree (5:08) ; Merry Christmas (3:40) (a Festival of Village Carols, Grenoside).
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Music CD


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A bright collection of warm field recordings, these traditional carols are presented with the style that Smithsonian Folkways has become known for: clear documentation, informative liner notes, and a real sense of living history. Primarily a cappella or with sparse organ accompaniment, the carolers themselves will never be mistaken for professional singers, but their genuine passion for singing and sense of community is evident and pervasive. The performances themselves are reminiscent of the boisterous joy of sacred harp or "shape note" singing and really bring the feel of a crowded English pub on a brisk December eve. ~ Zac Johnson