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Here We Come A Wassailing – Christmas (Sunday) Songs 2017 Day 31

As thoughts of Christmas give way to those of New Year the most apt way to leave Christmas Songs 2017 is with Kate Rusby’s rendition of Here We Come A Wassailing.
“Wassailing” is the practice of going door to door singing Christmas songs and wishing folk well.
A blessed new year to anyone reading.


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Sweet Chiming Bells – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 20

Sweet Chiming Bells – Kate Rusby provides another variation of the folk setting of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night.
This is from her just released (fourth!) Christmas album, Angels And Men.


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Little Bilberry – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 4

You may not know Little Bilberry, which is the tune, but you should know the words: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
A traditional folk melody, sung by Kate Rusby.
From her album, The Frost Is All Over.


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Mount Lyngham / While Shepherds Watched – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 9

From Kate Rusby’s 2016 Christmas album, The Frost Is All Over, Mount Lyngham is the lyrics of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night sung to a folk tune that some of you will associate with the hymn O For A Thousand Tongues.
I’ve featured another of her renditions of these words set to another tune, Sweet Bells.
We use this version from time to time at Christmas services, but I love the clarity and purity of Kate’s vocals which make for a playfulness that suits the celebratory tone of the season.


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As I Roved Out by Kate Rusby

For your Friday afternoon listening pleasure.
Kate Rusby provides an acoustic rendition of a song from the early part of her catalogue.


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Hunter Moon by Kate Rusby

Another original song from Kate Rusby’s new album Life In A Paper Boat.
This one is called Hunter Moon and is about relationships that are not in sync.
The vocals are lovely.


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Life In A Paper Boat by Kate Rusby

Life In A Paper Boat is the title track of Kate Rusby’s new album.
It’s a reflection on those who leave places of fear and take a dangerous journey to the hope of a new beginning.