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Carols at Christmas

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band: Carols at Christmas (Park PRK CD45)

Carols at Christmas
Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

Park Records PRK CD45 (CD, UK, 23 November 1998)

Recorded live at the December 1997 Christmas Tour;
Live engineers: Gareth Fox Williams, Richard Coulson;
Mixed at The Warehouse studio, Oxford;
Studio engineer: Steve Watkins;
Studio production: Bill Badley;
Sleeve design by Gwen Jones at Riverline;
Album coordination by John Dagnell at Park Records


Maddy Prior: vocals;
Andy Watts: shawms, curtal, clarinet, recorders, Breughel bagpipes, vocals;
Giles Lewin: shawm, fiddle, recorders, medieval bagpipes, tin whistle, vocals;
Bill Badley: acoustic and electric guitar, lute, mandolin, banjo, vocals;
Jub Davis: bass, vocals;
Raf Mizraki: drums, taber, percussion, bells, ’cello, vocals;
Rose Kemp: vocals [7, 15]


  1. This Is the Truth (Roud 2109) / Shepherds, Arise! (Sing, Sing All Earth) (Roud 1207) (4.19)
  2. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (Roud 21931) (2.41)
  3. Lully, Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child (The Coventry Carol) (Roud 19028) (3.48)
  4. Monsieur Charpentier’s Christmas Stomp (4.35)
  5. Ding Dong Merrily On High (2.31)
  6. Let an Anthem of Praise (3.25)
  7. Angels from the Realms of Glory (3.30)
  8. Watts’ Cradle Song (Roud 8885) (3.44)
  9. Wassail! (Roud 209) (3.55)
  10. The Boar’s Head Carol (Roud 22229) (3.11)
  11. Away in a Manger (Roud 25304) (2.04)
  12. In Dulci Jubilo (3.27)
  13. Now the Holly Bears a Berry (The Sans Day Carol) (Roud 514) (3.36)
  14. Monsieur Charpentier’s Christmas Swing (3.27)
  15. I Saw Three Ships (Roud 700) (4.32)
  16. Poor Little Jesus (Roud 10067) (3.09)
  17. Personent Hodie (3.09)

Note: The CD sleeve notes list track 9, Wassail, incorrectly as Gallery Carol.


Monsieur Charpentier’s Christmas Stomp

  1. Or, nous dites Marie
  2. A la venue de Noel
  3. Ou s’en vont ces gais bergers

French trad., and Marie-Antoine Charpentier (c.1645-1704) arr. Watts


Ding Dong Merrily On High (Branle de l’Officiel)

Words: G. R. Woodward (1848-1934),
Music: Thoinot Arbeau (1520-95) arr. Watts

Let an Anthem of Praise

Words: Caleb Ashworth (1722-75)
Music: trad. A Collection of Tunes (London 1762) arr. Watts

Let an anthem of praise and a carol of joy
Each tongue and each heart in sweet concert employ
This day sprung at Bethlehem a plant of renown
And Christ to redeem us abandoned a crown.

Conceived of a virgin how humble his birth
Not graced with the pomp nor the grandeur of earth
But laid in a manger with beasts at an inn
No room for the saviour of Israel within.

The shepherds with pleasure saluted the morn
When Jesus the Shepherd of Judah was born
The sages with wonder acknowledged his star
And brought him their homage and gifts from afar.

Great Saviour the tribute of honour we pay
And celebrate gladly thy festival day
We triumph in Britain thy glory to see
Not sages nor shepherds more happy than we.

Angels from the Realms of Glory (Les anges dans nos campagnes)

Words: James Montgomery (1772-1854)
Music: French trad. arr. Watts

Watts’ Cradle Song

Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Music: USA early 19th Century arr. Watts


trad. English arr. Watts

Away in a Manger

USA late 19th century arr. Watts

In Dulci Jubilo

Words: German 14th century, trans. R.L. Pearsall
Music: Anon. arr. Watts

Now the Holly Bears a Berry (The Sans Day Carol)

Cornish trad. arr. Watts

Monsieur Charpentier’s Christmas Swing

Joseph est bien marié

French trad., and Marie-Antoine Charpentier (c.1645-1704) arr. Watts


I Saw Three Ships

English trad. arr. Watts

Personent Hodie

Piae Cantiones 1582 arr. Watts