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Worlds of Trad Christmas Special

Fred McCormick 10 Dec 09 - 11:59 AM
johnadams 09 Dec 09 - 06:48 PM
katlaughing 09 Dec 09 - 01:43 PM
Fred McCormick 09 Dec 09 - 10:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Worlds of Trad Christmas Special
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 11:59 AM

Glad folks are enjoying the show. John's message in particular threw up two important points.

Firstly, the fact that people are nowadays willing to listen to such an ecletic mix is a welcome contrast to the chauvinistic stuffiness which was the English folk revival of forty years ago. Yes, I know. I was part of it. I was part of that tendency which held that preserving our own native traditions meant the ditching of absolutely everything else. It doesn't. And if we can understand that Harry Cox, Big Bill Broonzy and Yanka Rupkina were basically all saying the same thing - all giving vent to the same human emotions - then I think we are immeasurably richer for it.

Secondly, while I continually lament the passing of Belle Stewart, Fred McDowell etc, and the fact that we can no longer enjoy these artists in the flesh, the huge body of traditional music which is nowadays available on record is something wondrous to behold.


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Subject: RE: Worlds of Trad Christmas Special
From: johnadams
Date: 09 Dec 09 - 06:48 PM

Nice one Fred! As always you come up with gems that I've forgotten or have never heard.

Compliments of the fast approaching season!

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Subject: RE: Worlds of Trad Christmas Special
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Dec 09 - 01:43 PM

Starting out great! Thanks so much for offering this, Fred. Just lovely and so "worldy!":-) Great mix.

A suggestion for next Christmas would be Mudcat's own Jed Marum's "Banjos We Have Heard On High." It's a great song!



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Subject: Worlds of Trad Christmas Special
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 09 Dec 09 - 10:23 AM

Hi folks,

Just to let everybody know, that the December 2009 edition of Worlds of Trad Internet radio – a Christmas Special no less - is now uploaded and bringing festive melodies and cheer from every part of the globe. You can pick the programme up by going straight to the station player at .

On the other hand, you can bring up the station page first. Click on . Then click the yellow PLAY button. Then, if you press the green button to the right, you can save Worlds of Trad as a preset. That will save you having to search the next time you listen in.

This month The Stanley Brothers, Lord Executor and Jesse Thomas regale us with various seasonal salutations; Will Atkinson, Willy Taylor, Joe Hutton, Ola Belle Reed, a bunch of Yorkshire Carollers and Fred Jordan remind us that Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a few shepherds and the gift of a lamb or two; Leroy Carr, The Allen Brothers and Bukka White opine that that Christmas is a rotten time to be stuck in jail; Jackie Daly, Micho Russell and Jean Ritchie play us a Christmas tune or two; and there's a gorgeous version of the Dilly Song from The Marshall Family.
We continue to celebrate Topic's 70th birthday, and this month recall some of Topic's fabulous output from the 1970s and '80s. Just imagine how dull life would have been without Songs of a Donegal Man, Music From Sliabh Luachra, The Silver Bow, Folk Music of Yugoslavia, The Music of Cape Breton, The Broomfield Wager, and Memories of Sligo!
On top of that, the record companies have made sure Christmas has come early, and we sample some new CDs from Len Graham, Ewan MacColl and The Red Fox Chasers. We also visit some early, and some not so early T Bone Walker; and Sidney Bechet and Naftule Brandwein battle it out for the title King of the Clarinet.
We bid a sad and fond farewell to Bess Lomax Hawes, who died recently aged 88, and we recall some of her collecting work with the fiddler Emmett Lundy.
Then, just when it looked as though things couldn't get any crazier, we're invited on a pilgrimage by a bunch of Rajasthani musicians. Thanks fellas but we've got one of our own, all the way to Manger Square in Bethlehem.

Happy Listenings,

Fred McCormick. .

December 2009 Playlist.

Loch Ruan/Farewell to the Dene/Nancy. The Shepherds; Will Atkinson, Willy Taylor, Joe Hutton. Mawsom & Wareham. MWM 1031. Harthope Burn.
Liverpool. Festival Carollers. Village Carols. VCF 101. A Festival of Village Carols.
Ninety and Nine. Ola Belle Reed. Rounder. 0077. Ola Belle Reed and Family.
We Shepherds are the Best of Men. Fred Jordan. Topic. TSCD 670. Voice of the People Vol 20: There is a man upon the farm; Working Men and Women in Song.
Looking T'Ward Heaven. Doc Watson. Smithsonian Folkways. CD SF 40029/30. Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley; 1960 through 1962.
One Day When The Lord Will Call Me. Southern Sons Quartet. Document. DOCD 5492. 1940s Vocal Groups.
Play Song. Group of Women Singers. Chant du Monde. CDM CMT 274978. Songs of the Peoples of Russia.
Shortenin' Bread. Ora Dell Graham, Leader. Rounder. CD 1513. Afro-American Blues and Game Songs.
Fair Rosa. Len Graham. Cranagh. CMCD 4450. One Tradition, The-Traditional Songs From Ulster For All The Family.
The Rantin' Laddie. Ewan MacColl. Topic. TSCD 576D. Ballads-Murder-Intrigue-Love-Discord.
Five Long Years. Luther Allison. Delmark. DC 625. Love me Mama.
Blott en dag (Just One Day). Sammy Rimington. Sam Records. CD 008. O Holy Night.
Christmas in jail. Leroy Carr. Catfish. KAT CD 108. Sloppy Drunk.
Sorrie. Foday Musa Suso. Elipsis Arts. CD 3510. Jali Kunda: Griots of West Africa and Beyond.
Land Where the Shamrock Grows (Castle Gardens). Len Graham. Cranagh. CMCD 4452. In Full Flight.
Trinity River Blues. OakCliff T Bone. Properbox. 38. The Original Source.
Street Walkin' Woman. T Bone Walker. Properbox. 38. The Original Source
Many a Wild Night/All Along the River Bank/The Christmas Polka. Jackie Daly. Gael Linn. CEFCD 176. Many's a Wild Night.
Christmas Day in the Morning. Micho Russell. Pennywhistler's Press. PWCD 8001. Ireland's Whistling Ambassador.
There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig. Jean Ritchie. Tradition. TLP 1031. Carols of all Seasons.
Lang Johnnie More. Ewan MacColl. Topic. TSCD 576D. Ballads.
Pretty Polly. Red Fox Chasers. Tompkins Square. TSQ 2219. I'm Going Down to North Carolina-The Complete Recordings of the Red Fox Chasers (1928-31).
High Society. Sidney Bechet. Properbox. 18. Blue Horizon.
Wie Bist Die Gewesen Vor Prohibition- (Where Were You Before Prohibit). Naftule Brandwein. Rounder. 1127. The King of the Klezmer Clarinet.
Out on a Western Range. Uncle Pete and Louise. Morning Star. 45008. When I Was a Cowboy: Songs of Cowboy Life.
I Wonder How the Old Folks are at Home. Lilly Brothers. Rounder. CSS 01. Bluegrass Breakdown.
The Wheel of Fortune. Len Graham. Cranagh. CMCD 4450. The One Tradition; Traditional Songs From Ulster For All The Family.
I'll Be Here a Long Long Time. The Allen Brothers. Old Timey. LP 115. The Chattanooga Boys.
When I Can Change My Clothes. Bukka White. The Blues Collection. BLU NC 023. Parchman Farm Blues.
CHRISTMAS IS A JOYFUL DAY. Lord Executor. Dust-to-Digital. DTD 02. Where Will You be Christmas Day?.
Merry Christmas. Jesse Thomas. Black Top. CD BT-1128. Lookin' For That Woman.
Children Go Where I Send Thee. Marshall Family. Rebel. Reb-4000. Rebel Records; 35 Years of the Best in Bluegrass 1960 – 1995
Christmas Is Near. The Stanley Brothers. King. KG-0950-1. The King Years; 1961-1965.
The Jolly Ploughboy. Packie Byrne. Topic. 12TS 257. Songs of a Donegal Man.
Chase me Charlie/Tom Billy's Favourite. Padraig O'Keefe/Denis Murphy/Julia Clifford. Topic. 12T 309. Music From Sliabh Luachra Vol 1: Kerry Fiddles.
Pit Hame da Borrowed Claes/Wha'll Dance wi'Wattie/Bush Below da Gairden. Tom Anderson, Aly Bain, Trevor Hunter, Davie Tulloch, Violet Tulloch. Topic. TSCD 469. The Silver Bow.
Prespansko Oro. Nikola Robanovski. Topic. TSCD 906. Folk Music of Yugoslavia.
Hinn, Heinn Thog lad Amach. Mrs Rod MacLean. Topic. 12TS 353. The Music of Cape Breton.
Flash Company. Cyril Poacher. Topic. 12TS 252. The Broomfield Wager.
The Scotsman Over the Border/Tell Her I Am. Duffy, Johnny/Tommy Healy. Topic. 12TS 335. Memories of Sligo.
Two Babes in the Wood. The Red Fox Chasers. Tompkins Square. TSQ 2219. I'm Going Down to North Carolina-The Complete Recordings of the Red Fox Chasers (1928-31).
Get Up and Bar the Door. Ewan MacColl. Topic. TSCD 576D. Ballads.
Julie Ann Johnson. Emmett Lundy-Bess Lomax. String. STR 802. Fiddle Tunes From Grayson County, Virginia.
Last Gold Dollar. Edsel Martin-Bill McElreath. Smithsonian Folkways. SF CD 40097. Close to Home: Old Time Music from MIke Seeger's Collection.
Miss McLeod/The Flowers of Edinburgh. John Doonan-John Wright. Topic. 12TS 230. The Lark in the clear Air.
Diguipouri Ka Raja. Gulabi Sapera. Silex. 225213. Musiques du Rajasthan.

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