There’s always a chance someone hasn’t heard David Phelps’ rendition of O Holy Night which was recorded back some twenty years ago. And different versions keep disappearing off Youtube. This is part of the Gaither Youtube channel, so I think it should last. The best part of this is that every time I watch it …

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Fleming Rutledge reflects on the aptness of Advent and Christmas taking place during the depths of the northern hemisphere’s winter through days of extending darkness, so close to the longest night of the year. In Australia we celebrate Christmas just after the longest day, it is 8.30pm and the homes festooned in seasonal lights still …

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Little Town by Over The Rhine begins with the familiar words of O Little Town Of Bethlehem, and then takes a walk through some of the quieter streets. Over The Rhine produce Christmas music that recognises that, for a variety of reasons, for some people, the hope of Christmas is quiet and reflective rather than …

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Dilly Carol is another Christmas song I’d never heard before being introduced to it by Kate Rusby. It is another example of the way simple numerical progression and lyrical repetition served to reinforce memorisation of lyric and content among those who wouldn’t have had easy common access to printed materials. Folk singing at its best. …

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