A Toast To The New Year

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The New Year doesn’t come around for another three-plus days, but we're popping the champagne and singing “Auld Lang Syne” (twice) on this program, our final one of 2012. This is our annual show that draws largely on ancient folk ritual and traditional wassails and carols to offer a toast to the dawning of a new year. This year we mixed in a goodly number of contemporary compositions and tunes.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

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

  • Malcolm Dalglish, “St. Basil’s Hymn”, Hymnody Of Earth, Musical Heritage Society

  • Zoe Mulford, “Welcome In Another Year”, This Time And Place, WhereforeArts.com

  • Molly’s Revenge, “The Bonfire Set”, Aged 10 Years, Independent


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

  • Dave & Toni Arthur, “Green Grass”, “The Barley Grain For Me”, Morning Stands On Tiptoe, Wooded Hill

  • Martin Simpson et al, “Tourne Tourne”, Beautiful Darkness, High Bohemia Records


  • Waterson:Carthy, “New Year Carol/Residue”, “Sugar Wassail”, Holy Heathens & The Old Green Man, Topic

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

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


  • The Cast, “Auld Lang Syne”, Auld Lang Syne, Culburnie Records


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

  • Cathie Ryan, “Walk The Road”, Through Wind And Rain, Mo Leanbh Records

  • Carla Sciaky, “There Are Many Roads”, Awakening, Green Linnet

  • Kathryn Tickell & Ensemble Mystical, “First Of The Year Set”, Kathryn Tickell & Ensemble Mystical, Park


  • Martin Simpson et al, “The Cutty Wren/I Look For You”, Beautiful Darkness, High Bohemia Records

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


  • Dougie MacLean, “Auld Lang Syne”, Tribute, Dunkeld