Maddy Prior – Christmas Carol (1998)

FrontCover1Carols at Christmas was recorded during Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band’s sold out December 1997 tour. The album captures the festivity of the live concert and provides a refreshing mix of carols and dance tunes using medieval and modern instruments.

This is a live recording of some songs which are on her other earlier CDs. This onbe is a little more raggedy, by still interesting. It is not a subdued as the others, Tapestry of Carols, and Carols and Capers. Those are both excellent, and I would recommend those first. If you like those, you can think about this one a little more.(by B.F.)

The folky rhythms and clever instrumentaition of these tracks overlaid with Maddie’s stunning vocals are ideally suited to someone who pines from hot Australia for the cold Christmases of my youth. Marvellous! (by  Alan Burdon)

Bill Badley (guitar, banjo, lute, mandolin)
Jub (bass, vocals)
Giles Lewin (bagpipes, fidle, oboe, recorder, tin whistle, vocals)
Raf Mizraki (drums, percussion, vocals, cello, bells)
Maddy Prior (vocals)
Andy Watts (bagpipes, bassoon, clarinet, oboe, recorder, vocals)
Rosie Kemp (vocals on 07. + 15.)

01. This Is The Truth / Sing, Sing All Earth (Traditional) 4.19
02. Dancing Day (Traditional) 2.41
03. Coventry Carol (Traditional) 3.47
04. Monsieur Charpentier’s Christmas Stomp (Charpentier/Traditional) 4.34
05. Ding Dong Merrily On High (Woodward/Arbean) 2.31
06. Let An Anthem Of Praise (Ashworth/Traditional) 3.25
07. Angels From The Realms Of Glory (Montgomery/Traditional) 3.30
08. Watts Cradle Song (Watts/Traditional) 3.43
09. Gallery Carol (Traditional) 3.55
10. Boar’s Head Carol (Traditional) 3.10
11. Away In A Manger (Traditional) 2.04
12. In Dulci Jubilo (Traditional/Pearsall) 3.27
13. Sans Day Carol (Traditional) 3.35
14. Monsieur Charpentier’s Christmas Swing (Charpentier/Traditional) 3.26
15. I Saw 3 Ships (Traditional) 4.32
16. Poor Little Jesus (Traditional) 3.09
17. Personent Hodie (Traditional) 3.09

CD1* (coming soon)