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The Watersons: A Yorkshire Christmas

The Watersons: A Yorkshire Christmas (Witchwood WMCD 2029)

A Yorkshire Christmas
The Watersons

Witchwood Media WMCD 2029 (CD, UK, November 7, 2005)

Recorded in December 1980 at Crathorne Hall, Crathorne, North Yorkshire, for a Christmas Radio Programme;
Produced by Dave Cousins;
Cover water colour by Granville D. Clarke from Silkstone Common, Barnsley;
Design and artwork by Rod Green

Musicians

Lal, Mike and Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, vocals;

With stories and readings from local Yorkshire folk: Kit Calvert from Hawes, Mabel Race from Liverton Mines—then in her nineties—and Norman Benson from Whitby.

Tracks

  1. The Holly Bears a Crown (Roud 514) (2.50)
  2. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Roud 936) (3.00)
  3. [KC] The Yorkshire Nativity Story (2.45)
  4. Stormy Winds (Roud 284) (3.08)
  5. [MR] Carol Singing (1.59)
  6. Emmanuel (2.27)
  7. [NB] Christmas Shops (1.18)
  8. Wassail Song (Roud 209) (3.48)
  9. [KC] The Blunderbuss Gun (2.57)
  10. Pace-Egging Song (Roud 614) (3.37)
  11. Here We Come A-Wassailing (Roud 209) (1.27)
  12. [MR] Our Christmas Presents (0.51)
  13. Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand (Roud 808) (0.49)
  14. [KC] Christmas Wages (4.15)
  15. Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy (Roud 8366) (4.27)
  16. [NB] On Christmas Eve (0.48)
  17. Herod and the Cock (Roud 306; Child 55) (1.09)
  18. [KC] A New Year Poem (1.29)
  19. God Bless the Master (Roud 1066) (3000)
  20. [KC] The Hawes Tragedy (3.04)
  21. [KC] The Loss of the Scotch Express (3.26)
  22. [MR] Father Christmas (0.57)