First broadcast December 12, 2008

Songs of the Season — Mostly Secular

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The first of three shows of holiday music this year, this program concentrates on the coming of winter and the secular side of the holidays, along with a set urging all of us to remember the poor, not only during the holiday season but year round. There’s also a set from selected new holiday releases that came into our studios.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Paul Greaver, “Heigh Ho Holiday”, Winter Spirit, Alcazar

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

  • Boys Of The Lough, “Da Cold Nights O’ Winter/Da Blue Yow/Da Spirit O’ Whiskey”, Midwinter Night’s Dream, Blix Street


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

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

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

  • Alison Brown Quartet, “O’Carolan’s Farewell/Welcome Christmas”, Evergreen, Compass


  • Phil Tanner, “Gower Wassail”, Midwinter, Free Reed (Box)

  • Robert Frost, “Stopping By Woods”, Midwinter, Free Reed (Box)

  • Steve Tilson & Maggie Boyle, “A Roving On A Winter’s Night”, Midwinter, Free Reed (Box)

  • Grace Notes, “The River”, Midwinter, Free Reed (Box)


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

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Kris Kringle”, “Sherburne (Original Version)”, The Best Of Nowell Sing We Clear, Front Hall

  • The Hungry Monks, “Hewlett”, All Through The Night, Independent


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

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

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

  • Folk-Legacy Group, “Dark December”, ’Twas On A Night Like This. Folk-Legacy,


  • Alison Brown Quartet, “Silver Bells”, Evergreen, Compass

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Christmas Time In The City”, “The Longest Night Of The Year”, Come Darkness Come Light, Zoe

  • Seattle Labor Chorus, “Oil For The World”, “O Little Town Of New Orleans”, Ring It In, Independent

  • Cheryl Branz, “The Gift”, The Christmas Gift, Independent

  • Bob Bellamy, “Snowflake Medley”, As Silent Stars Go By, Independent