12/23/2008 Dig Up The Roots

 

This show featured songs and sounds of this season, this season of holidays. Holidays of birth, rebirth, survival and fortitude. The show started with English Mummer Morris dance tunes celebrating the Winter Solstice.

Jazz Blues with the vocal stylings of The Mississippi Moaner and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Bing Frank start the chuckle fest off with an old radio broadcast. We heard an excerpt from the first opera ever written for TV: Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Tom Lehrer and some TV tunes bring things up while some of the more somber and heartfelt songs are presented by Bruce Cockburn, Low and Simon Garfunkel's still haunting and all too painfully relevant version of Silent Night.

Dave Tarras The Yiddish Swingtette round off the show while an unfortunate CD malfunction ruined the closing tune - Laurie Andersons' song Ramon, from her Strange Angels recording: Last night I heard a host of Angels/And they were all singing different songs... It's a great song and very topical for the season. What ever that means.

Playlist Tracks: 
The Christmas Revels - There Was A Pig Went Out To Dig / The Monk's March
Album: The Christmas Revels; Label: Revels Records
John Fahey - It CAme Upon A Midnight Clear / Go I Will Send Thee
Album: The New Possibility: John Fahey's Christmas Album; Label: Takoma
The Mississippi Moaner - It's Cold In China Blues
Album: American Primitive Vol 2: Pre-War Revenants 1897 - 1939; Label: Revenant
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross - Deck Us All With Boston Charlie
Album: Jingle Bell Jazz; Label: Columbia
Frank Bing - Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus
Album: Happy Holiday with Frank Bing; Label: Collectors Gold
Cafe Accordion Orchestra - Valse des Flacons / The Christmas Waltz
Album: Cafe Christmas; Label: CAO Records
The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
Album: If I Should Fall From Grace From God; Label: Island
Dexter Gordon - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Album: ; Label:
Mandolin Christmas - We Three Kings Of Orient Are
Album: Mandolin Christmas; Label:
Menotti - Amahl and the Night Visitors
Album: Amahl and the Night Visitors; Label: RCA Victor
The Christmas Revels - Lord Of The Dance
Album: The Christmas Revels; Label: Revels Records
Micky Rooney Keenan Winn - Put One Foot In Front Of The Other
Album: ; Label:
Tom Lehrer - A Christmas Carol
Album: An Evening With Tom Lehrer; Label: Reprise
Olympia Music Box -
Album: A Music Box Christmas; Label:
John Fahey - We Three Kings Of Orient Are
Album: The New Possibility: John Fahey's Christmas Album; Label: Takoma
Bruce Cockburn - Cry Of A Tiny Babe
Album: Nothing But A Burning Light; Label:
Low - Long Way Around The Sea
Album: Christmas; Label: Chair Kickers Union
Simon Garfunkel - 7 O'Clock News / Silent Night
Album: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme; Label: Columbia
Yiddish Swing Orchestra - Bridegroom Special
Album: Dave Tarras: Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925 - 1956; Label: Yazoo
Yiddish Swingtette - Oriental Hora / Zum Gali Gali
Album: Dave Tarras: Yiddish-American Klezmer Music 1925 - 1956; Label: Yazoo
Air Date: 
December 23, 2008

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