Chanukah Party & Songs of the Season

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This show falls on the first night of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, and is the first of four consecutive holiday editions of “Profiles in Folk” that celebrate the folk and acoustic music of the holiday season and take us into a new year and a new decade.

The first hour of this show focuses specifically on the history of Chanukah and some of the traditions and rituals used during the celebration of the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after gaining freedom from the oppression of Syrian rulers in 165 B.C. Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountains Boys, who will be appearing in our broadcast area, then help make the transition to secular songs of the season and the theme of remembering the poor.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Brian Bender & Little Shop of Horas, “Der Gazebo”, Eyn Velt, Face The Music

  • Klezmer Conservatory Band, “Chanukah – The Festival Of Lights”, Oy Chanukah!, Rounder

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

  • Peter Paul & Mary, “Light One Candle”, A Holiday Celebration, Gold Castle Records


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

  • Laura Berkson, “Menorah”, The 12 Steps Of Christmas, Providence Music Works

  • Harriet Segal, “Making Latkes”, Oy Chanukah!, Rounder

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


  • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, “Lights Of Chanukah”, The Pleasures Of Winter, Fiddle & Dance Records

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

  • Chuck Brodsky, “On Christmas I Got Nothing”, Two Sets, Waterbug

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

  • Alexandria Kleztet, “Chanukah Waltzing With You”, Happy Holidays/Vol. 2, Hudson Harding


  • Margot Leverett, “Sid’s Medley”, The Art of Klezmer Clarinet, Traditional Crossroads

  • The Klezmer Mountain Boys, “Stoney Lonesome”, “Mississippi Waltz”, 2nd Avenue Square Dance, Traditional Crossroads


  • Magpie, “No Room For You Inside”, Last Month Of The Year, Sliced Bread Records

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

  • The Halliard with Nic Jones, “Workhouse Boy”, MidWinter, Free Reed

  • Tom Prasada-Rao, “Angel Wings”, Happy Holidays/Vol. 1, Hudson Harding


  • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, “Darkest Days Brightest Nights”, the Pleasures Of Winter, Fiddle & Dance

  • Jerry Douglas, “Christmas Time Is Near”, Jerry Christmas, E1/Koch

  • Adam Rafferty, “Carol Of The Bells”, A Christmas Celebration, Crescent Ridge Publishing

  • Michael Barry & Friends, “Deck The Halls”, A Christmas Classic, Laughing Buddha Music