Various Artists

Songs of Christmas from the Alan Lomax Collection

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These recordings were made between 1950 to 1964 by Lomax and his associates and reflect a marvelous cache of songs reflecting the holiday spirit in the folk music traditions gathered from around the world. A wide range of tunes, stories and ceremonies from the Georgia Sea Islands ("Walk Billy Abbot") to Scottish ("Mari Lywd Ceremony") to Olde English (an English Mummer's Christmas play) to Italian revelers ("Capo D'Anno") to Spanish busker musicians ("Aguinaldo") and beyond. An amazing collection of Christmas and holiday cheer from traditions long since relegated to the past.

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