English Village Carols: Traditional Christmas Carolling from the Southern Pennines

English Village Carols: Traditional Christmas Carolling from the Southern Pennines

Various Artists SFW40476

In the village pubs of small towns around Sheffield, England, enthusiastic singers continue a centuries-old tradition of secular Christmas carol singing. Older than the more familiar Victorian conception of carols, and excluded from the church services, these village carols are performed unaccompanied or with only a few instruments. Recorded live in the pubs, filled with the spontaneous joys of singers, the clinking of glasses, and murmur of the other patrons, these are a unique and beautiful form of holiday cheer and community expression. 71 minutes, photos, map, and a 28-page booklet.

Year Released 1999
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2003 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Celtic; Holiday; World
Country(s) United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Carols; Christmas music; Music--British Isles
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101 Awake, Arise, Good Christians Carollers from the Royal Hotel, Dungworth 3:49
102 Pentonville Carollers from the Royal Hotel, Dungworth 4:46
103 Hark, Hark! Carollers from the Black Bull, Ecclesfield 3:09
104 How Beautiful Upon the Mountain Carollers from the Black Bull, Ecclesfield 2:24
105 Sweet Chiming Bell Carollers from the Blue Ball Inn, Worrall 4:03
106 Star of Bethlehem Carollers from the Blue Ball Inn, Worrall 4:42
107 Prodigal Son Carollers from the Fountain Inn, Ingbirchworth 3:37
108 Foster Carollers from the Fountain Inn, Ingbirchworth 4:13
109 Hark, Hark! Carollers from Castleton 2:17
110 Shepherd's Rejoice Carollers from Castleton 3:20
111 Peace O'er the World The Little John Singers from Hathersage 2:31
112 Hail Smiling Morn The Little John Singers from Hathersage 2:36
113 Mount Zion Carollers from the Travellers Rest, Oughtibridge 3:27
114 Jacob's Well Carollers from the Travellers Rest, Oughtibridge 4:25
115 Raise, Christians, Raise The Foolow Carollers 1:55
116 Marshall The Foolow Carollers 2:38
117 Expectation The Coal Aston Carollers 2:18
118 Lo! The Eastern Magi Rise The Coal Aston Carollers 1:43
119 Angels from the Realm Beeston Methodist Church Choir (Beeston, England) 2:27
120 Three Harks Beeston Methodist Church Choir (Beeston, England) 2:12
121 The Christmas Tree Village Carollers from Grenoside 5:11
122 Merry Christmas Village Carollers from Grenoside 3:41
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