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This program was conceived as a chance to have something fresh to listen to during the holidays. We offered singers and musicians the NPR network if they would record their own interpretation of a classic carol they've always loved, or put forward a new one. In either case, it was to be a recording not necessarily commercially available, even on their own CDs. Okay, a couple of songs are from CDs this year, but not many. Twenty-two songs are performances you've never heard before. Enjoy!

The artists did have fun. From Jonathan Edwards heading into a studio in Vermont and recording a swinging but still acoustic, fully produced version of "Jingle Bell Rock," to Bela Fleck sitting in our studio with nothing but his banjo and laying down a sweet and very original version of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," to Tony Trischka writing a song after playing The Kent State Folk Festival and then recording it just after midnight that same night, this idea bore some succulent fruit.

In the spirit of this "gang" Christmas show, many of the musicians joined in on our take-a-turn read of Clement Clark Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" which is featured near the end of the second hour.

The details of the songs featured in both hours follow...

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Hour 1

Hour 2

Jim Blum, Host

Jim Blum, host

Joe Gunderman, Producer

Joe Gunderman, Producer
the Lineup

Click on each link below to learn more about the performer(s) and the contributed song or poem.

Hour One: (Listen using RealOne Player)

Tony Trischka - Christmas Night
David Mallett - Silver Bells
Brian Henke - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Sara Hickman - Frosty The Snowman
Don Dixon - Catchin' Cold
James Keelaghan - Emmanuel
Vance Gilbert - Little Drummer Boy
Tom Rush - a Washington Irving "Sketchbook" reading
Susan Werner - The Pilgrim Song
Jonathan Edwards - Jingle Bell Rock
Tish Hinojosa - Arbolito
Beppe Gambetta - Tu Scendi Dalle Stella
The Kingston Trio - White Snows Of Winter
The Burns Sisters - Shaloo Shalom
Grace Griffith - Sans Day Carol / The Holly And The Ivy
Jim Blum - Christmas Memories

Hour Two: (Listen using RealOne Player)

The Troubadours of Divine Bliss - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Tom Paxton - Jingle Bells
Eddie From Ohio - Joseph Was A Carpenter
Tom Prasada-Rao - Christmas In The Ashram
Ellis Paul - Holiday Song
David Holt - Christmastime Blues
Aine Minogue - The Shortest Day (poem) / Noel Nouvelle
Joe Gunderman - Christmas Toodle-Doo-Dah Peep
Tim O'Brien - Bah Humbug
Hillbilly Idol - I'll Be Home For Christmas
Robin & Linda Williams - The Babe Of Bethlehem
Paul Stookey, Peter Paul & Mary - Christmas Dinner
Bela Fleck - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Lisa McCormick - Lo, How A Rose 'Ere Blooming
The Cast - The Night Before Christmas
Dee Carstensen - The Christmas Song

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