Dec. 10th, 2011

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Listen here.

Everybody's heard of Great Big Sea, right? Legendary Newfoundland band, they've been around for 20 years, Alan Doyle was in that terrible Robin Hood movie with his buddy Russell Crowe, I don't need to introduce them, right? Good. I'm fond of them.

For videos today, we have the option of good sound quality with boring album cover visuals, but I think instead we'll go with crappier sound quality and a live show:



You could call this a standard. I have versions by the McGarrigles, Maddy Prior and June Tabor, and Loreena McKennitt (as the Seven Rejoices of Mary), and there are many more. I've sung it in choir as well, although my fave version probably remains the one my choir director and two friends did (with bodhran) - heavily based on this version, but with women instead of men.

Mainly Norfolk doesn't have a lot to say about it:

June Tabor and Maddy Prior sang this English Christmas traditional in 1976 on their album Silly Sisters. The album's sleeve notes commented:

Learned from Vic Legge of Bodmin. Arrangement by John Gillaspie, folklorist of this parish, who informs us that verse six is an interpolation from the Seven Dolours of Mary.

(Incidentally, I came across a used copy of Silly Sisters for cheap quite by accident two years ago in Montreal. It's great.)

I love all the versions. I confess I partly used GBS's version to get a little more male-female balance onto this mix, but it's also a really striking arrangement, and again, harmony vocals!

Get the full musical Advent calendar here. | What is this?
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I think I have Bookshelves of Doom to thank for introducing me to Covered in Folk. This week they've posted a whole raft of folk covers of Christmas songs. Enjoy!
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In case you missed yesterday's XKCD:



*SPOILERS*

None of these are in the musical Advent calendar.

*END SPOILERS*

Songs that ARE in the musical Advent calendar range from 15th 13th century (some may be earlier for all I know per an annotation on my sheet music for "Emmanuel") up to, um, last year. I pat myself on the back. I also feel very geeky that I bothered to make a spreadsheet with this data.

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