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December 25, 2004

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  1. Lead Belly: Rooster Crows at Midnight (on Christmas Day) (trad) Shout On Smithsonian Folkways SFCD40105
  2. Lead Belly: The Midnight Special (theme) Last Sessions Smithsonian Folkways SFCD-40068/71
  3. Cherish the Ladies: On Christmas Night (trad) / Charles O'Conor (O'Carolan, PD) On Christmas Night Big Mammy 002
  4. Amahl and the Night Visitors (orig. TV cast): Shepherds! Shepherdesses! / Emily, Emily / Olives and quinces (Gian Carlo Menotti) (orig. NBC telecast - Christmas Eve, 1951) RCA Victor 6485-2-RG
  5. Finest Kind: Shepherds Arise (trad) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  6. John D. Huston as Charles Dickens: A Tight-Fisted Hand at the Grindstone (Chas.Dickens) (from A Christmas Carol) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  7. Finest Kind: Horsham Tipteerers' Song (trad-add.lyrics S.Posen) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  8. Kiltartan Road Christmas: Deck the Halls (trad) / Carol of the Fieldmice (Joseph Sobol/Kenneth Grahame) Joy in the Morning Kiltartan 1003
  9. Nowell Sing We Clear: Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy (Bruce Randall/trad) Just Say Nowell Golden Hind GHM-105
  10. Dan Crary: The Little Drummer Boy (Katherine Davis-Henry Onorati-Harry Simeone) Holiday Guitar Sugar Hill SHCD 3871
  11. Marlene Dietrich: Der Trommelman (Katherine Davis-Henry Onorati-Harry Simeone / trans. Buscher) Marlene Capitol ST 10397
  12. Harvey Reid: The Heart of the Minstrel on Christmas Day (trad) Woodpecker WP111CD
  13. Martin Simpson-Jessica Radcliffe-Gerry O'Beirne-Lisa Ekstrom: Abbott's Bromley Horn Dance (trad/arr.Simpsom) / In Winter's Shadow (John Matthews from the book Song of Taliesin) Beautiful Darkness High Bohemia HBR CD002
  14. John D. Huston as Charles Dickens: The Face in the Knocker (Dickens) (from A Christmas Carol) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  15. Finest Kind: Gower Wassail (trad) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM07
  16. Cathy Barton, Dave Para, the Paton Family & friends: Kentucky Wassail (trad-arr.J.J.Niles) 'Twas on a Night Like This (A Christmas Legacy) Folk-Legacy CD-114
  17. Magical Strings & family: March of the Kings (trad) Good People All Flying Fish FF 70604
  18. Seamus Egan, et.al: We Three Kings (J.H.Hopkins, Jr.) The Soul of Christmas Upaya 19088 12182
  19. El McMeen: Good King Wenceslas (trad/arr.McMeen) The Soul of Christmas Guitar Piney Ridge PRM111
  20. Diane Zeigler: Good King Wenceslas (trad/John Mason Neale, PD) December in Vermont self 86851-0324-2
  21. John Henry Faulk: Christmas story (as told to Studs Terkel in the early 1960s) WFMT recording
  22. Odetta: Shout For Joy (trad) Christmas Spirituals Vanguard 79079-2
  23. Nowell Sing We Clear: Joy to the World (Thomas Shoel/Isaac Watts) Just Say Nowell Golden Hind GHM-105
  24. Maggie Sansone and Ensemble Galilei: Gloucestershire Wassail/Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day/The Sussex Carol (trad) Ancient Noels Maggie's Music MMCD 108
  25. Adrienne Jones: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (trad-arr.A.Jones) There Is No Rose self
  26. Finest Kind: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night medley (Nahum Tate, PD) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  27. John D. Huston as Charles Dickens: The Two Children-Ignorance and Want (Dickens) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  28. Finest Kind: The Homeless Wassail (Ian Robb) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  29. Magpie: No Room For You Inside Last Month of the Year Sliced Bread CDSB71305
  30. Martha Gallagher: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (trad) For the Love of a Baby SS 20031
  31. Cherish the Ladies (Heidi Talbot): Silent Night (Franz Gruber/Joseph Mohr) On Christmas Night Big Mammy 002
  32. Artisan: Christmas Eve 1914 (Harding) Paper Angels Boing 9806
  33. Jeff Talmadge: A Soldier's Christmas Bozart
  34. John McCutcheon: Christmas in the Trenches Live at Wolf Trap Rounder CD 0283
  35. Jean Redpath: Dona nobis pacem (trad) Still the Night Jean Redpath JR-109
  36. Phil Cooper - Margaret Nelson - Kate Early: Let Peace Prevail (M.Nelson) Love & War Porcupine PPCD 2219
  37. Joel Mabus: Rorate Ceoli Desuper (trad) How Like the Holly Fossil 1299
  38. Bob Gibson & Joan Baez: Virgin Mary Had One Son (trad) (Live at Newport) Folk Song America - Vol 2 (a compilation box set) Smithsonian Sony RD 046-2
  39. Odetta: Mary Had a Baby (trad) Christmas Spirituals Vanguard 79079-2
  40. Gerry Armstrong: Seven Joys of Mary (trad) Simple Gifts Smithsonian Folkways F-2335
  41. Harry Belafonte: Mary's Boy Child (Jester Hairston) An Evening With Harry Belafonte RCA Victor LPM-1402
  42. Corinna Hewat & Mary MacMaster w/ Dave Milligan, piano: Lullay Lullay (trad) Cold Blow These Winter Winds (A Celtic Celebration of Christmas - Live in Edinburgh, Scotland) Green Linnet GLCD 1228
  43. John D. Huston as Charles Dickens: Grieving for Tiny Tim Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  44. Finest Kind: The Cradle Carol (Isaac Watts) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  45. Golden Ring: This Old World (trad) A Gathering of Friends for Making Music Folk-Legacy CD-16
  46. John D. Huston as Charles Dickens: Christmas Morning (C.Dickens) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  47. Sally Rogers: Love Will Guide Us (trad/S.Rogers) Flying Fish FF 365
  48. John D. Huston as Charles Dickens: The End of It (C.Dickens) Feasts & Spirits Fallen Angle FAM 07
  49. Mahalia Jackson: Go Tell It on the Mountain (trad) Silent Night Columbia CK 38304
  50. Dan Pelletier: The Baddest of All (Love Conquers) Wild Heart Rodeo Hudson Valley HVR4100-2
  51. Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (orig.cast): If We Only Have Love (J.Brel/Shuman-Blau) Columbia Legacy SK 89998
  52. The Weavers: We Wish You a Merry Christmas (trad-arr.Paul Campbell) MCA MCAD-20725
  53. Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie: When I'm Gone (close) (Phil Ochs) Spoken in Love Longtail LT003-2

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