First broadcast December 18, 2015

Music of the Season

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The Winter Solstice is only a bit more than three days away, Chanukah observances are finished and Christmas beckons in one week. As always, it is a hurried and harried holiday season. Here are two full hours of seasonal music — largely secular — in advance of our popular and perennial Christmas program next week. This program devotes itself to the holidays and winter’s arrival, along with a reminder to remember those who are in need. For good measure, a bit of holiday whimsy is added. This is holiday music you won’t hear on most radio stations and certainly not on television.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Helicon, “Erev Shel Shoshanim/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Christmas Eve”, A Winter Solstice With,

  • Helicon, Fenchurch Music, ,


  • Joe Jencks, “Longest Night Of The Year”, Happy Holidays/Vol. 10, Hudson Harding

  • Maggie Sansone et al, “Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel/Star Of Munster/Joseph’s Reel/Deck The Halls”, Cold,

  • Frosty Morn at West River, Maggie’s Music, ,

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The Longest Night Of The Year”, Come Darkness Come Light, Zoe/Rounder


  • Daniel Cainer, “The Chanukia”, Happy Holidays/Vol. 10, Hudson Harding

  • Herdman Hills & Mangsen, “Hanerot Halalu”, Voices Of Winter, Gadfly

  • Gathering Time, “Light One Candle”, Songs Of Hope And Freedom, Independent

  • Andy Statman, “Mah Yedidus (How Beloved Is Your Rest)”, Old Brooklyn, Shefa Records


  • Mark O’Connor, “One Winter’s Night”, An Appalachian Christmas, OMAC Records

  • Julie Sanderson, “Christmas 1864”, A Holiday Feast/Vol. 2, Hungry For Music

  • Eileen McGann & Trilogy, “Turn It Around”, Two Thousand Years Of Christmas, Dragonwing Music


  • Boys Of the Lough, “A Midwinter Waltz”, Midwinter Night’s Dream, Blix Street Records

  • John McCutcheon, “Christmas In The Trenches”, Winter Solstice, Rounder

  • Andy Statman, “Adir”, Between Heaven & Earth, Shanachie

  • Stephen Bennett, “What Child Is This (Greensleeves)”, Christmas, Cimirron/Rainbird Records

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Kris Kringle”, “Sherburne (Original Version)”, The Best Of…, Front Hall


  • John Kirkpatrick et al, “Carol Tunes”, Wassail!, Fellside Records

  • Nowell Sing We Clear, “Apple Tree Wassail”, Bidding You Joy, Golden Hind Music

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

  • The Christmas Revels, “Spered Hollvedel”, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Rounder