Songs of the Season

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is the second of our four holiday programs for this year’s end, turning the spotlight on the more secular songs of the Christmas holiday while preaching a bit of social gospel about helping those less fortunate than we are and seeking peace in the world.

In addition, we continue pointing out boxed or coordinated sets for holiday gift giving. This week’s recommendations: “Midwinter”, the 4-CD boxed set of rare holiday music from Free Reed Records in England; the old bluegrass standbys from Sugar Hill Records, “Sugar Plums” and “Tinsel Tunes”, and an evolving three CD set from Koch Records — “Christmas Grass, Volumes 1, 2 & 3.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Al Petteway & Amy White, “Breakin’ Up Christmas”, “Roving On A Winter’s Night”, Winter Tidings, Maggie’s Music


  • Sam Bush, “Sleigh Bells”, Tinsel Tunes, Sugar Hill

  • Cyndi Wheeler & The Del McCoury Band, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, Christmas On The Mountain, Universal

  • Peter Rowan, “Christmas Time’s A Comin’”, Sugar Plums, Sugar Hill

  • Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, “If We Make It Through December”, Winter’s Grace, Signature Sounds


  • Clive Gregson, “Comfort & Joy”, Midwinter, Free Reed Records

  • Jethro Tull, “First Snow In Brooklyn”, Midwinter, Free Reed Records

  • Coope Boyes & Simpson, “Peace O’er The World”, Midwinter, Free Reed Records

  • Artisan, “Days Of Holly And Mistletoe”, Midwinter, Free Reed Records

  • John Kirkpatrick et al, “Carols Medley”, Wassail!, Fellside


  • Artisan, “A Christmas Carol”, Paper Angels, Boing Records

  • John Roberts & Tony Barrand et al, “Kris Kringle”, “Sherburne (Original Tune)”, Best of Nowell Sing We Clear, Front Hall

  • Robert Earl Keen, “Merry Christmas From The Family”, Tinsel Tune, Sugar Hill


  • John D. Huston, “The Two Children — Ignorance And Want”, Feasts & Spirits, Fallen Angle

  • Finest Kind, “The Homeless Wassail”, Feasts & Spirits, Fallen Angle

  • Eileen McGann & Trilogy, “Turn It Around”, Two Thousand Years Of Christmas, Dragonwing Music

  • Magpie, “To Drive The Cold Winter Away”, “No Room For You Inside”, Last Month Of The Year, Sliced Bread


  • Sloan Wainwright, “Search The Sky”, On A Night Before Christmas, Independent

  • Jeff Twardzik, “Heart Of An Angel”, Heart Of An Angel EP, Erik Balkey

  • Bonnie Lee Panda, “Silent Night”, Happy Holiday/Hudson Harding Sampler/Vol. 1, Hudson Harding

  • 3 Fox Drive & Charlie Daniels, “Watching Over The Soldiers At Christmas”, Christmas Grass/Vol. 3, Koch

  • Boys Of The Lough, “Midwinter Waltz”, Midwinter Night’s Dream, Blix Street