Christmas Across The Pond/Happy Chanukah!

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is the second of three shows of music for the holidays, with this show focusing on music of the Christmas season, both secular and religious, from England, Ireland and Scotland and music for the start of the Jewish festival of Chanukah, which starts on Sunday at sundown. This show featured a set in memory of renowned Scottish fiddle virtuoso (and Silly Wizard member) Johnny Cunningham, who died five years ago this month. The music is from a collaboration between Johnny and writer Thomas Moore.

We opened our seasonal programming with two hours of primarily secular winter and Christmas songs last week and continue next Friday with a show on the Christmas Story in Folk and Acoustic Music.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Altan, “The Snowy Path”, A Celtic Heartbeat Christmas, Celtic Heartbeat/Atlantic

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Old Christmas Return’d”, Hail Smiling Morn!, Golden Hind Music

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


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

  • Johnny Cunningham, “I Saw Three Ships/Bells No Bells”, The Soul Of Christmas, Upaya

  • Cathie Ryan, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”, The Soul Of Christmas, Upaya

  • Liam Tiernan, “In The Bleak Midwinter”, The Soul Of Christmas, Upaya


  • Mabe Choir, “Sound Your Instruments Of Joy”, Midwinter, Free Reed

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

  • The Watersons, “Heavenly Aeroplane”, Mighty River Of Song, Topic

  • The Watersons, “Emmanuel”, Mighty River Of Song, Topic

  • Waterson:Carthy, “The Ditchling Carol”, Broken Ground, Topic


  • Magpie, “The Ballad Of Chanukah”, Last Month Of The Year, Sliced Bread

  • Herdman Hills & Mangsen, “Hanerot Halalu”, Voices Of Winter, Gadfly

  • Hankus Netsky, “Klezmorim At Chanukah”, Oy Chanukah!, Rounder

  • Klezmer Conservatory Orchestra, “Klezzified”, Oy Chanukah!”, Rounder


  • Burns Sisters, “Shaloo Shalom”, Tradition, Philo

  • Shelley Posen, “Light One Candle”, Manna, Well-Done Music

  • Shelley Posen, “The La-La-Latke Song”, Manna, Well-Done Music

  • Emily Kurn, “Light The Lamp”, I’m Just Like You, Independent

  • John McCutcheon, “Erev Shel Shoshanim”, Winter Solstice, Rounder


  • Dordan, “The Wayfarer’s Welcome”, A Celtic Christmas, Narada

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Here We Come A-Wassailing/We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, Hail Smiling Morn!, Golden Hind Music

  • Dougie Pincock et al, “Highland Pipe Medley”, A Celtic Christmas, Musical Heritage Society