The Christmas Story in Folk And Acoustic Music

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is an annual show — one of the most popular Profiles in Folk shows each year — that traces the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus from the Angel Gabriel’s proclamation to Mary through Christianity’s season of Advent and then to the Nativity in a Bethlehem manger and to Epiphany and the march of the Magi, following the star in the East, to pay homage to the Newborn King. It’s a story that begins in darkness and ends in reaffirming light for all humankind.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Robin Bullock, “O Come O Come Emmanuel/Light Of Love/Sussex Carol”, A Guitar For Christmas, Dancing Wolf

  • Johnny Cunningham, “Recitation: D.H. Lawrence’s God Is Born”, The Soul Of Christmas, Upaya

  • The Watersons, “Sound Sound Your Instruments Of Joy”, Mighty River Of Song, Topic (box)



  • Carol Noonan, “O Come O Come Emmanuel/What Child Is This?”, Christmas, Noonan Music

  • Artisan, “The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came”, Bygone Christmas. Bygone Films,

  • Shirley Collins, “The Cherry Tree Carol”, The Holly Bears The Crown, Fledg’ling

  • Kim Robertson, “Lo How A Rose E’re Blooming”, Christmas Lullaby, Gourd


    The Nativity

  • Charlie Daniels, “Recitation: Gospel Of St. Luke 2”, Christmas Grass/Vol. 2, Koch

  • Sonya Isaacs, “Mary Did You Know?”, Christmas Grass/Vol.. 2, Koch

  • Bukkene Bruse, “A Child Is Born In Bethlehem”, The Loveliest Rose, NorthSide

  • Kitka, “Betlehem Betlehem”, Wintersongs, Diaphonica

  • Bob Franke, “Straw Against The Chill”, Long Roads Short Visits, Daring Records



  • Bob Bellamy, “Angels We Have Heard On High”, “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”, As Silent Stars Go By, Windridge Records


  • Edward Gerhard, “What Child Is This”, Christmas, Virtue

  • Anna & Kate McGarrigle, “Il Est Ne/Ca Bergers”, The McGarrigle Christmas Hour, Nonesuch

  • Finest Kind, “Shepherds Arise”, “While Shepherds Watched”, “The Cradle Song”, Feasts & Spirits, Fallen Angle Music

  • Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band, “See Amid The Winter’s Snow”, Carols & Capers, Park



  • Alison Brown Quartet, “Carol Of The Kings”, A Winter’s Eve, Compass

  • Robin & Linda Williams, “Nothing But A Child”, The First Christmas, Red House

  • Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, “The Gift”, Winter’s Grace, Signature Sounds

  • William Pint & Felicia Dale, “Over The Hill And Over The Dale”, When I See Winter Return, Waterbug


  • John Renbourn & Friends, “Wexford Lullabye”, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Rounder

  • Ed Gerhard, “Silent Night”, Christmas, Virtue