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

  • Maddy Prior & Carnival Band. “This Is The Truth/Sing Sing All Earth”, In Concert/Carols At Christmas, Park,

  • 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 (Box Set)



  • Ensemble Galilei, “O Come O Come Emmanuel/What Child Is This?”, A Winter’s Night, Maggie’s Music

  • Seamus McGuire, “Gabriel’s Message”, The Wishing Tree, Green Linnet

  • Joel Mabus, “The Cherry Tree Carol”, “Rorate Ceoli Desuper”, How Like The Holly, Fossil

  • Anne & Pete Sibley, “Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming”, Winter On The Great Divide, Independent


    The Nativity

  • Charlie Daniels, “Recitation: St. Luke 2”, Christmas Grass/Vol. 2, Koch

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

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, “Carols Medley”, O Christmas Tree, Rounder

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

  • Alison Krauss et al, “What Child Is This?”, Christmas Grass/Vol. 1, Koch/Audium


  • The Valley Folk, “The Babe Of Bethlehem”, The Season Round, Topic

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

  • Coope Boyes Simpson, “The Three Harks”, MidWinter, Free Reed (Box Set)

  • Mellstock Band, “Newton’s or St. Paul’s”, Tenants Of The Earth, Wild Goose Studios

  • John McCutcheon, “For Unto Us A Child Is Born”, Winter Solstice, Rounder



  • Patrick Ball, “Oxen And Sheep/The Carol Of The Birds”, The Christmas Rose, Fortuna

  • Robbie O’Connell, “Three Kings”, Comfort And Joy, Rounder

  • Tim Eriksen, “Star In the East”, Winter Holidays Sampler, Festivalink.Net

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


  • Connie Dover, “Personent Hodie/Cantus”, Somebody, Taylor Park Music