By the Light of the Moon and Stars
The Folklore of Winter

Tunes for a Tuesday Morning

Cathedral Dreams by Virginia Lee

My apologies for the paucity of posts in the last week; a combination of work, health issues, and holiday preparations seemed to have swallowed up all my time. I'm a day late, but here's music to kick off the week: folk carols, new Christmas ballads, and interesting renditions of traditional tunes.

Above: "Up the Morning Early/The Christmas Road" by Lady Maisery (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans, Hazel Askew), with Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, from their absolutely gorgeous new album, Awake Arise (2019).

Below: "We Shall Sing All Merrily," from the same album.

Above: "Christmas is Merry" by Yorkshire singer/songwriter Kate Rusby. The song comes appears on her lovely new Christmas album Holly Head (2019)

Below: "The Holly King" by Kate Rusby, from the same album.

Above: "At the Time of Year," a new Christmas single by Scottish singer/songwriter Siobhan Miller.

Below: "The Wexford Carol," a new Christmas single by Aizle, a folk band based in Manchester, with Irish-born singer and flautist Ríoghnach Connolly.

Below: I'll end, as I often do, with my favourite Christmas video: a wacky (and very pagan) rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by the great Annie Lennox.

The exquisite art today is by my friend and village neighbour Virginia Lee: "Catherdal Dreams," a portrait of Exeter Cathedral (Exeter is our closest city), and the magic winter's vision of "The Deer's Domain."

The Deer's Domain by Virginia Lee


Merry Christmas.

One of my favorite songs:

And, what I think must be one of the most unusual songs on a Christmas album, from the Chieftains the Bells of Dublin:

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