The Christmas Story in Folk & Acoustic Music

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Our perennial show — and one of our most popular — that traces the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ from the Angel Gabriel’s proclamation to Mary, through Christianity’s season of Advent, then to the Nativity in a Bethlehem manger and at end 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 humankind.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Jody Marshall, “Hark Hark What News/Dublin Bells”, Carol Of The Bells, Independent

  • 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



  • 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

  • Al Petteway & Amy White, “Gabriel’s Message/I Wonder As I Wander”, Winter Tidings, Maggie’s Music

  • Patrick Ball, “Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella”, The Christmas Rose, Fortuna


    The Nativity

  • Liam Neeson, “Recitation: Gospel of St. Luke 2:1-20”, The Birth Of Christ, Sony Classical

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

  • Martyn Wyndham-Read, “Once In David’s Royal City”, MidWinter, Free Reed

  • Brad Colerick, “Eyes Of A Child”, Happy Holidays/Vol. 1, Hudson Harding

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


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

  • Mellstock Band, “The Shepherds Amazed”, “Newton’s Or St. Paul’s”, “Rejoice All Men”, Tenants Of The

  • Earth, Wild Goose Studios, ,



  • John McCutcheon, “Star In the East”, Winter Solstice, Rounder

  • T.S. Eliot, “Recitation: Journey Of The Magi”, MidWinter, Free Reed

  • Maggie Boyle & Gary Boyle, “Follow The Star”, MidWinter, Free Reed

  • Aengus, “Le Sommeil de l’enfant Jesus/The Kings Travel East”, All On A Christmas Morning, MHS

  • Sarah Jarosz et al, “One Bright Star”, Christmas Grass/Vol. 3, Koch

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


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