The Christmas Story in Folk & Acoustic Music

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Our perennial show — and one of our most popular — 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 the 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

  • Christmas Revels, “Hymn Of The Ancient Galician Kingdom”, The Road To Compostela, Revels Records

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

  • Johnny Cunningham, “Recitation: D.H. Lawrence’s ‘God Is Born’”, The Soul Of Christmas, Upaya

  • The Watersons, “Sound Sound Your Instruments Of Joy”, Frost And Fire, Topic



  • Plaid Family, “O Come O Come Emmanuel”, December’s Hearth, Wizmak

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

  • Elizabeth Mitchell et al, “Joseph & Mary (The Cherry Tree Carol)”, The Sounding Joy, Smithsonian Folkways

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


    The Nativity

  • Charlie McDaniels, “Recitation: Luke 2:1-20”, Christmas Grass/Vol. 2, Koch

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

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

  • Kathy Mattea, “Christ Child Lullabye”, The Soul Of Christmas, Upaya


  • Finest Kind, “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks At Night Medley”, Feasts & Spirits, Fallen Angle

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Masters In This Hall”, Bidding You Joy, Golden Hind Music

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

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Awake! Behold!”, Bidding You Joy, Golden Hind Music

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



  • T.S. Eliot, “Recitation: Excerpt From Journey Of The Magi”, Midwinter, Free Reed (Box Set)

  • Debra Cowan & John Roberts, “Star In The East”, Dad’s Dinner Pail, Falling Mountain Music

  • Jerry Read Smith & Lisa Marie Smith, “Epiphany”, One Wintry Night, Silent Planet Records

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


  • Orcas A Cappella, “Deep Peace”, Oasis Acoustic/Vol. X No. 2, Oasis Disc Manufacturing

  • Ensemble Galilei, “Silent Night”, Surrounded By Angels, Sono Luminous