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Sing Christmas and the Turn of the Year

Sing Christmas and the Turn of the Year (Rounder 11661-1850-2)

The Alan Lomax Collection
Sing Christmas and the Turn of the Year
The Live Christmas Day 1957 Broadcast on BBC Radio
The Alan Lomax Collection
Various Artists

Rounder Records 11661-1850-2 (CD, USA, 2000)

Recorded and originally broadcast on 25 December 1957 by the BBC Home Service;
Original programme written by Alan Lomax, produced by Charles Parker;
Sound restauration and mastering producer: Steve Rosenthal;
Mastering by Phil Klum, the Master Cutting Room, New York;
Disk transfers by Adrian Consentini;
Booklet interviews and essay by Ken Hunt;
Photos by the Alan Lomax Archive, Collections/Brian Shuel, Peggy Seeger, Colin Tait;
Art direction and design by J Sylvester Design, New York


  1. A. Introduction (Alan Lomax & cast);
    B. Good King Wenceslas (Roud 24754) (Birmingham studio group & chorus) (1.07)
  2. A. Caroling in the Dark (Alan Lomax);
    B. Good King Wenceslas (Roud 24754) (Children’s chorus);
    C. Good King Wenceslas (Roud 24754) (Brian Newwy Skiffle Group);
    D. This Is the Truth Sent From Above (Roud 2109) (Shirley Collins);
    E. The Holly and the Ivy (Roud 504) (The Haddo House Choir);
    F. The Holly and the Ivy (Roud 504) (The Skinner’s Bottom Glee Singers) (4.58)
  3. A. Boscastle Breakdown (Charlie Bate and group);
    B. Padstow Wassail Song (Charlie Bate);
    C. St David’s Day Dance (Marshfield Paper Boys);
    D. I Wonder as I Wander (Cyril Tawney) (4.09)
  4. A. We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Roud 230) (Wisbech Children’s Choir);
    B. Narration / Caroling Scene (Alan Lomax / Wisbech Children’s Choir) (1.11)
  5. Peace o’er the World (Carollers at the Cheshire Cheese Pub) (1.00)
  6. Introduction to the Ballad of Jesus Christ (Ewan MacColl, narrator) (0.49)
  7. The Ballad of Jesus Christ (Ewan MacColl) (2.10)
  8. A. Excerpt from Shepherd’s Nativity Play (Stephen Kirby, Ronald Soules, Walter Slasher);
    B. Shepherd’s Cradle Song (Hollinwood Girls’ Choir);
    C. Coventry Carol (Roud 19028) (Wisbech Grammar School);
    D. Excerpt from Wisbech Nativity Play (Malcolm Pope) (2.46)
  9. Christmas in London (narration) (Alan Lomax & Charles Chilton) (0.43)
  10. The Derby Ram (Roud 126; G/D 3:645; TYG 59) (A.L. Lloyd & singers from the Princess Louise Folksong Club) (1.09)
  11. Christmas Morning Calypso (Fitzroy Coleman) (1.51)
  12. Unite (Rans Boi Highlife Group) (1.41)
  13. Pretty Little Baby (Peggy Seeger) (1.52)
  14. A. Reading from Luke 2.15-19 (Joe Luthie);
    B. Psalm 23 (Peter Buchan & crew of the Twinkling Star);
    C. The Mother’s Consecration (Katie Ann Nicholson);
    D. Christ Child Lullaby (Flora MacNeil);
    E. Saint Mary’s Men Are We (Students from the Scalloway Junior Secondary School) (5.26)
  15. The Day We Went to Rothesay-o (Roud 2142) (Ian McRae & the Joe Gordon Skiffle Group) (1.32)
  16. Regional hookup: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Roud 394)
    A. (Ewan MacColl & carolers);
    B. (Charlie Bate & group);
    C. (Brian Newey Skiffle Group);
    D. (Birmingham studio group) (1.51)
  17. Cromwell Versus Father Christmas (Alan Lomax) (1.16)
  18. A. The Jug of Punch (Roud 1808; Henry H490) (The McPeake Trio);
    B. Viny Ridge March (Ravenhill Temperance Flute Band) (1.46)
  19. A. Royal Belfast Hornpipe (Gerard O’Kane);
    B. Millicent’s Hornpipe (Katie Graham);
    C. The Tenpenny Bit (The Rakes);
    D. The Dublin Reel (Séamus Ennis) (2.42)
  20. The Cherry Tree Carol (Roud 453; Child 54; G/D 2:327) (Shirley Collins) (1.45)
  21. A. Anglesey Carol (The North Wales Singers);
    B. Hiraeth (Sian Emlyn) (1.39)
  22. A. Excerpt from the Symondsbury Mummers Play;
    B. Donny Brook Fair (Winlaton Sword Dance) (2.06)
  23. A. Good King Wenceslas (Roud 24754) (Haslington Boys Brass Band);
    B. When the Saints Go Marching In (The Happy Wanderers) (2.01)
  24. A. T’was Mary Conceived (Dominic Behan);
    B. The Noble Stem of Jesse (fragment) (Hollinwood Girl Choir) (2.37)
  25. The Lord’s Prayer (in Welsh) (unidentified Welsh choir) (1.25)
  26. A. O Come All Ye Faithful (Roud 24755) (The Sale and District Musical Society);
    B. The Gift of Power (Katie Ann Nicholson);
    C. Metrical Psalm in Gaelic (unidentified precentor & congregation) (2.16)
  27. No Room at the Inn (story) / Last Month of the Year (Alan Lomax) (2.50)
  28. A. Hark, What News the Angels Bring (Roud 3210) (Carollers at the Cheshire Cheese Pub);
    B. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In (Roud 700) (Charlie Bate and group);
    C. Wassail, Wassail, All Over the Town (Roud 209) (Shirley Collins with Skiffle Group);
    D. Here We Come a-Wassailing (Roud 209; TYG 22) (Birmingham Studio Group) (3.04)