A Toast To The New Year

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

It’s most appropriate to raise our glasses to the New Year on this second day of 2015 with a program largely devoted to traditional and contemporary folk and ritual songs.

Two exceptions: A short set on the 100th anniversary of the famed Christmas Truce on many World War I battlefields in Europe and another short set to highlight an upcoming appearance in Branford of master musicians Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts.

To all, my wishes for a happy, healthful and peace-laden New Year.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “The Door Of The Year”, Bidding You Joy, Golden Hind Music

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

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

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


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

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Penny For The Ploughboys”, Bidding You Joy, Golden Hind Music

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

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


  • Unknown, “Conch Shell Horn On New Year’s Eve”, Songs Of Christmas From The Alan Lomax Collection,

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  • Putipu Band Of Capri, “New Year’s Day Tarentella”, Songs Of Christmas From The Alan Lomax Collection,

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  • Kitka, “Oj Jak Priletaly Taj Dva Sokolonky”, Wintersongs, Diaphonica

  • Triakel, “Good Fortune And Joy”, Wintersongs, NorthSide

  • The Barra MacNeils, “Party In Washabuckt”, The Christmas Album, Barratone


  • Cast, “Excerpt From ‘Oh What A Lovely War’”, Midwinter, Free Reed Records

  • Mike Harding, “Christmas 1914”, Midwinter, Free Reed Records

  • John McCutcheon, “Christmas In The Trenches”, Live At Wolf Trap, Rounder


  • Karen Ashbrook & Paul Oorts, “Another Jiggle Medley”, KA/PO In Concert, Foolscap Publishing

  • Karen Ashbrook & Paul Oorts, “Valse: Petit Dejeuner”, Celtic Café, Maggie’s Music

  • Karen Ashbrook & Paul Oorts, “Leslie’s Bourrees”, KA/PO In Concert, Foolscap Publishing


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

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

  • Albion Christmas Band, “Gloucestershire Wassail”, Midwinter, Free Reed Records

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