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

  • Ensemble Galilei & Maggie Sansone, “The Truth Sent From Above”, Ancient Noels, Maggie’s Music

  • The Young Tradition, “The Truth Sent From Above”, The Young Tradition/So Cheerfully Round, Castle

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

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



  • Carol Noonan, “O Come O Come Emmanuel/What Child Is This?”, Christmas, Noonan Music

  • Al Petteway & Amy White, “Gabriel’s Message/I Wonder As I Wander”, Winter Tidings, Maggie’s Music

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


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

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

  • Elizabeth Mitchell, “Cradle Hymn”, The Sounding Joy, Smithsonian Folkways

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


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

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

  • The Barra MacNeils, “Christ Child Lullaby”, The Christmas Album, Barratone

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



  • T.S. Eliot, “Recitation: Journey Of The Magi”, Midwinter, Free Reed Records

  • Tony Elman, “A Virgin Most Pure/We Three Kings”, Winter Creek, Acorn Music

  • Sarah Jarosz, “One Bright Star”, Christmas Grass/Vol. 3, Koch

  • Anne Hills et al, “Over The Hill And Over The Dale”, On This Day Earth Shall Ring, Flying Fish


  • Christmas Revels, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, From Parlour To Palace, Revels Records

  • Kali, “Douce Nuit”, Christmas Around The World, Putumayo Records