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Episode #2881

A New Sounds Christmas

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Hear some unusual and unexpected melodies for the holidays, featuring jazz bassist Reggie Washington’s take on “Greensleeves,” the Breton choir Du Bout Du Monde doing a traditional carol called “Nedeleg,” a famous carol played on musical saws, and eccentric takes on holiday faves from banjo wiz Bela Fleck and cellist Yo Yo Ma.

PROGRAM # 2881, another New Sounds Christmas (First aired on 12-24-08)

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Julian Koster

The Singing Saws At Christmastime

Silent Night, excerpt [1:00]

Merge #330** www.mergerecords.com*

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Jingle All the Way

Jingle Bells [4:00]

Rounder #0616**
www.rounder.com
*

Various artists: Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde

Think Global: World Christmas

Nedeleg [4:30]

Think/Riverboat Records #104, www.worldmusic.net*

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Jingle All the Way

Christmas Time Is Here [3:30]
Linus and Lucy [3:00]

See above.

Yo Yo Ma and Friends

Songs of Joy and Peace

Improvisation on Dona Nobis Pacem [3:00]
The Wexford Carol [4:00]

Sony Classical 24414**
www.sonybmg
masterworks.com
*

Various artists: Baraban

Think Global: World Christmas

Puer Natus [3:30]

See above.

Yo Yo Ma and Friends

Songs of Joy and Peace

Golijov: Kuai Le [4:00]

See above.

Various artists: Marta Sebestyen

Think Global: World Christmas

Betlehem, Betlehem [4:00]

See above.

Julian Koster

The Singing Saws At Christmastime

Hark the Herald Angels Sing [3:00]

See above.

Oliver Lake Steel Quartet

Have Yourself a Merry…

Greensleeves [3:30]

Passin’ Thru #41216 www.passinthru.org

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Jingle All the Way

What Child is This/Dyngyldai [5:00]
River [3:30]

See above.

Comments [4]

Phillip from Athens, Greece

Great selection, never thought Christmas music could sound so good! :)
One thing - the Tuvan group Alash doesn't seem to be credited anywhere on the playlist?
By the sound of it, the throat singing is performed by Kongar-ol Ondar...?

Dec. 30 2010 07:25 AM
Steve Fenchel from NYC

Wonderful Christmas programming.
Never knew that John Fahey was so instrumental in the wonderful revival of Christmas music...just one more J F stroke
Butb where is the Dec 24thth (the Fahey program and play list)
thanks for the wonderful programming

Dec. 26 2010 11:50 AM
Ken Braun from Nutley, NJ

Merry Christmas, John! I'm enjoying both the unfamiliar and the strangely familiar Christmas music on tonight's show.

Bela Fleck didn't add "Jingle Bells" to Joni Mitchell's "River"; Mitchell put it there in her original 1971 recording.

Dec. 26 2010 12:03 AM
Jeff Zitsman from New Rochelle

Happy Holidays, Jon. I'm listening to the show from New Rochelle this evening, but it takes me back to 1986 when my (now) wife and I would listen from her apt on W 106th. You continue to do a marvelous job of keeping the music of the world fresh and healthy here in NY and now worldwide (there was no web in those days!) Thank you for your devotion, your interest, and in your quest to find new sounds for us.

Dec. 25 2010 11:32 PM

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