A Toast To The New Year

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The New Year will still be 24 hours away as this edition of "Profiles in Folk" ends, but we're popping the champagne early. This is an annual show that draws largely on ancient folk ritual and traditional wassails and tunes to offer a toast to the dawning of a new year.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Old Christmas/Shooting”, MidWinter, Free Reed (Box set)

  • Patrick Ball, “St. Basil’s Hymn”, Christmas Rose, Fortuna

  • Loreena McKennitt, “The Old Ways”, The Visit, Quinlan Road


  • Ed Trickett, “The January Man”, Gently Down The Stream Of Time, Folk-Legacy

  • Zoe Mulford, “Welcome In Another Year”, Bonfires, Azalea City

  • Maddy Prior, “Somewhere Along The Road”, Year, Park Records

  • Sandy Denny & Fairport Convention, “Who Knows Where The Time Goes”, The Best Of…, A&M


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

  • Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band, “Wassail!”, Carols & Capers, Park

  • John Kirkpatrick et al, “The Apple Tree Man/Apple Tree Wassail”, Wassail!, Fellside

  • Albion Christmas Band, “Gloucestershire Wassail”, MidWinter, Free Reed (Box Set)


  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “The Cutty Wren”, Hail Smiling Morn, Golden Hind

  • Jack Hardy, “The Wren”, The Cauldron, Prime CD

  • Boys Of The Lough, “Wren Medley”, Midwinter Night’s Dream, Blix Records`


  • Natasha Borzilova, “Water And Wood”, Balancing Act, Hadley Music Group

  • Meg Braun, “New Year’s Eve”, Broken Places, Independent

  • Sting, “The Snow It Melts The Soonest”, If On A Winter’s Night, Cherry Tree/Deutsche Grammophon

  • Mick Maloney et al, “Medley Of Jigs”, An Irish Christmas, Irish Arts Center


  • Bill Keith, “Auld Lang Syne”, O Christmas Tree, Rounder

  • Neil Woodward, “Auld Lang Syne”, …A Cup Of Kindness, Independent