The Christmas Story in Folk & Acoustic Music

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Our perennial show — and one of our most popular annually — 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,

  • Nightnoise, “The Wexford Carol”, Celtic Heartbeat Christmas, Celtic Heartbeat

  • 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)


  • Loreena McKennitt, “Emmanuel”, A Midwinter Night’s Dream, Quinlan Road/Verve

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

  • Artisan, “The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came”, Bygone Christmas, Bygone Films

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

    The Nativity

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

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

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

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


  • Kathy Mattea, “Christ Child’s Lullaby”, The Soul of Christmas, Upaya

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

  • Waterson: Carthy, “While Shepherds Watched”, Holy Heathens & The Old Green Man, Topic

  • Maddy Prior & Carnival Band, “See Amid The Winter’s Snow”, Carols & Capers, Park

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


  • Tony Elman, “A Virgin Most Pure/We Three Kings Of Orient Are”, Winter’s Creek, Acorn Music

  • Tim Eriksen, “Star In The East”, 2011 Winter Holidays Sampler,

  • Robin & Linda Williams, “Nothing But A Child”, The First Christmas Gift, Red House

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


  • Waterson: Carthy, “Gloryland”, Holy Heathens & The Old Green Man, Topic

  • Ed Gerhard, “O Holy Night”, On A Cold Winter’s Night, Virtue Records