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It's Christmas on Folk Alley

December 2, 2003

Christmas music has become stale. We've been subjected to the same dozen songs from the same recordings every year. If we allow the music of the holiday to become mundane, then Christmas itself is in trouble. The artists of Folk Alley are up to the challenge. Throughout December, you'll be hearing those same 12 songs, but with inventive arrangements and differences in style. The songs become new again as the personality of each singer or player shine through them. And if you think all of the holiday songs have been written, keep listening. John McCutcheon, Dave Carter, Janis Ian, Laurie Lewis, and scores of undiscovered talents have written new songs, which will soon become memorable. Mostly, you'll be offered what is hard to find on the internet, on the radio, or during Christmas for that matter - SURPRISES. Don't accept less.

Posted by Jim Blum at December 2, 2003 10:48 AM



Heard you mention the other night about a Christmas compilation album which I think was entitled: "Bah Humbug" The only artist I heard mentioned on the album was Loudon Wainwright III. Can you confirm the title of this CD for me? I haven't been able to find it anywhere on line.

Thanks, love your show and Folk!


Posted by: Jeff at December 8, 2003 7:23 PM

Hi, my name is don jennings and my wife susan and I
play folk music at festivals. I just found your site today and registered. I have a problem with windows media, it wont play but real player works sort of. It is presently connected at 44.1 Kb/s but it is full of a kind of warbly artifact in the stream that is very distracting. Is there a way to get this feed with a higher audio quality signal? We have a broadband cable connection, not dial up. Do you ever play Maddy McNeil's christmas music? some of it is sublime. The fact we are friends has nothing to do with it:) She is great in spite of that! Thanks for your help. Great site if I can get a clear feed.

Posted by: donald jennings at December 21, 2003 9:59 PM

Hi, its Don Jennings back. I just tried the MP3 one, its about 600% superior! So it sounds great now. Not total CD or good vinyl but much better now!

Posted by: donald jennings at December 21, 2003 10:01 PM

How do I forward past what I already listened to after I log in another day? How can I listen to the archives?

Posted by: judy walther at December 28, 2003 9:11 PM

I just found this site last night and I'm loving it! While surfing I saw the list of three previous years of Ornaments and Icicles Christmas shows and now I can't find it! I've been searching this site as well as WKSU. I thought it was on one of these sites. Can anyone help?

Posted by: N E at December 29, 2003 3:33 PM

There was a fantastic British / Swedish band from the 1970s called Scafell Pike. They released an album with some excellent yuletide folk-rock. I think the album was called 'Lord's Rake'. I've not heard it for a couple of decades, but clearly remember the quality of the music.

Posted by: tim jones at January 10, 2004 6:03 PM

By the way, this is a stunningly good web site.

Posted by: tim jones at January 10, 2004 6:05 PM

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