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Carols & Capers


  • 1. Boar's Head, The
    2. Away in a Manger
    3. My Dancing Day
    4. Monsieur Charpentier's Christmas Stomp
    5. See Amid the Winter's Snow
    6. Boy Was Born, A
    7. Poor Little Jesus
    8. Turkey In The Straw / Whiskey Before Breakfast
    9. Wassail!
    10. Joy to the World
    11. Cradle Song
    12. Shepherds Rejoice
    13. Old Joe Clark
    14. Ane Sang of the Birth of Christ (Balulalow)
    15. Monsieur Charpentier's Christmas Swing
    16. Quem Pastores
    17. While Shepherds Watched
    18. I Saw Three Ships
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9

  • Credits
    ProducerAndrew Watts; Chris Baylis
    EngineerChris Baylis

    Admittedly, it would be a stretch to file this as a Celtic recording, but since Maddy Prior's connections to that revival of the '60s and '70s are well documented (her band Steeleye Span borrowed heavily, at times, from the Celtic tradition), prevailing interest in her music still exists in Celtic circles. This is her second Christmas recording with the Carnival Band, a musical troupe that specializes in early music forms, playing instruments like clarinet, recorders, shawm and lute as well as fiddle, tin whistle and bagpipes. Capers and Carols is an unlikely collection of secular and mostly sacred songs that range from the seldom-heard "Boar's Head Carol" and the Cajun forerunner "Monsieur Charpentier's Christmas Stomp" to instrumental interludes of "Turkey in the Straw" and "Old Joe Clark." The a cappella American spiritual "Poor Little Jesus" contains a moving four-part harmony backup by the Carnival Band. This album doesn't necessarily produce images of snowflakes, holly and St. Nick, but it does provide a welcome alternative to some of the overplayed ghosts of Christmas past. ~ Dave Sleger

  • Critic Reviews
    Sing Out! (11-12/94-1/95, p.124) - "...a tremendous treat....an ingenious, canny, motley crew comfortable with songs, arrangements and instruments spanning five centuries....[The Carnival Band] are a perfect foil for Maddy's voice..."
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