Colonial Christmas

Audio Samples

>Playford, John : The Merry Wassail
>Playford, John : Drive the cold winter away, dance (from The English Dancing Master)
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Stephenson, Joseph : Milford (Joseph S. James, ed. Original Sacred Harp Revised, 1911)
>Traditional, Christmas : Christ Child Lullaby, carol (Hebrides)
>Munsen, Amos : Christmas
>Playford, John : New Year's Eve
>Traditional, Christmas : Hoken
>Playford, John : Cold and Raw
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Read, Daniel : Sherburne
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Lyon, James : Christmas (tune
>     Urania)
>Billings, William : A Virgin Unspotted
>Billings, William : Shiloh (Suffolk Harmony, 1786)
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae

Album Summary

>Playford, John : The Merry Wassail
>Playford, John : Drive the cold winter away, dance (from The English Dancing Master)
>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
>Stephenson, Joseph : Milford (Joseph S. James, ed. Original Sacred Harp Revised, 1911)
>Traditional, Christmas : Christ Child Lullaby, carol (Hebrides)
>Munsen, Amos : Christmas
>Playford, John : New Year's Eve
>Traditional, Christmas : Hoken
>Playford, John : Cold and Raw
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Read, Daniel : Sherburne
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Lyon, James : Christmas (tune
>Billings, William : A Virgin Unspotted
>Billings, William : Shiloh (Suffolk Harmony, 1786)
>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording is a collection of instrumental carols and dances from colonial America. Barry Phillips, cellist is joined by musicians performing a variety of music that might well have been played at a Christmas party of the time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio; University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.



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Works Details

>Playford, John : The Merry Wassail
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Barry Phillips (Cittern); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Jesse Autumn (Double Harp); Shelley Phillips (Oboe)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Playford, John : Drive the cold winter away, dance (from The English Dancing Master)
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Jesse Autumn (Double Harp); Lars Johannesson (Flute)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Christmas : Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night")
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cittern); Robin Petrie (Hammer Dulcimer); Shelley Phillips (Oboe)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post-Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1892

>Stephenson, Joseph : Milford (Joseph S. James, ed. Original Sacred Harp Revised, 1911)
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Mandolin); Barry Phillips (Cittern); Christa Stiner (Bassoon); Shelley Phillips (Oboe); Lars Johannesson (Flute)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Christmas : Christ Child Lullaby, carol (Hebrides)
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Jesse Autumn (Double Harp); Sarah-Jane Summers (Fiddle)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.

>Munsen, Amos : Christmas
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Mandolin); Barry Phillips (Cittern); Christa Stiner (Bassoon); Shelley Phillips (Oboe); Lars Johannesson (Flute)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Playford, John : New Year's Eve
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Linda Burman-Hall (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Höken
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Zither); Barry Phillips (Cello)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Playford, John : Cold and Raw
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Barry Phillips (Cittern); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Linda Burman-Hall (Harpsichord); Lars Johannesson (Flute)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Jesse Autumn (Double Harp); Robert Evans (Fiddle)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784

>Read, Daniel : Sherburne
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Shelley Phillips (Oboe); Lars Johannesson (Flute)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: Robin Petrie (Hammer Dulcimer); Shelley Phillips; Barry Phillips (Cello); Jesse Autumn (Double Harp)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Jesse Autumn (Double Harp); Shelley Phillips
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century

>Lyon, James : Christmas (tune :: Urania)
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Shelley Phillips (Oboe); Linda Burman-Hall (Harpsichord); Lars Johannesson (Flute)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas

>Billings, William : A Virgin Unspotted
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Shelley Phillips (Oboe); Lars Johannesson (Flute)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Billings, William : Shiloh (Suffolk Harmony, 1786)
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Deby Grosjean (Fiddle); Christa Stiner (Bassoon); Shelley Phillips (Oboe)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Performers: Barry Phillips (Cello); Shelley Phillips (Recorder); Shelley Phillips (Harp)
  • Notes: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Barry's Cave, Santa Cruz, CA; Bear Creek Recording Studio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600