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English Village Carols: Traditional Christmas Carolling from the Southern Pennines

Various Artists
English Village Carols: Traditional Christmas Carolling from the Southern Pennines

In the village pubs of small towns around Sheffield, England, enthusiastic singers continue a centuries-old tradition of secular Christmas carol singing. Older than the more familiar Victorian conception of carols, and excluded from the church services, these village carols are performed unaccompanied or with only a few instruments. Recorded live in the pubs, filled with the spontaneous joys of singers, the clinking of glasses, and murmur of the other patrons, these are a unique and beautiful form of holiday cheer and community expression. 71 minutes, photos, map, and a 28-page booklet.

Track Listing

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Awake, Arise, Good Christians Carollers from the Royal Hotel, Dungworth 3:49
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102
Pentonville Carollers from the Royal Hotel, Dungworth 4:46
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Hark, Hark! Carollers from the Black Bull, Ecclesfield 3:09
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How Beautiful Upon the Mountain Carollers from the Black Bull, Ecclesfield 2:24
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105
Sweet Chiming Bell Carollers from the Blue Ball Inn, Worrall 4:03
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106
Star of Bethlehem Carollers from the Blue Ball Inn, Worrall 4:42
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107
Prodigal Son Carollers from the Fountain Inn, Ingbirchworth 3:37
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108
Foster Carollers from the Fountain Inn, Ingbirchworth 4:13
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109
Hark, Hark! Carollers from Castleton 2:17
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110
Shepherd's Rejoice Carollers from Castleton 3:20
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111
Peace O'er the World The Little John Singers from Hathersage 2:31
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112
Hail Smiling Morn The Little John Singers from Hathersage 2:36
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113
Mount Zion Carollers from the Travellers Rest, Oughtibridge 3:27
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Jacob's Well Carollers from the Travellers Rest, Oughtibridge 4:25
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115
Raise, Christians, Raise The Foolow Carollers 1:55
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Marshall The Foolow Carollers 2:38
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117
Expectation The Coal Aston Carollers 2:18
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Lo! The Eastern Magi Rise The Coal Aston Carollers 1:43
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119
Angels from the Realm Beeston Methodist Church Choir (Beeston, England) 2:27
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120
Three Harks Beeston Methodist Church Choir (Beeston, England) 2:12
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121
The Christmas Tree Village Carollers from Grenoside 5:11
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Merry Christmas Village Carollers from Grenoside 3:41
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