The Midnight Special, December 23, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Blind of Boys of Alabama: “Last Month of the Year” (Vera Hall); Blind Boys of Alabama; Go Tell it on the Mountain; Go Tell it on the Mountain | Real World Records 72435 90600 2 6
  3. Pete Seeger: Masters in This Hall (trad.); Pete Seeger; Traditional Christmas Carols; Smithsonian Folkways CDSF 40024
  4. Nowell Sing We Clear: Leaping and Dancing (trad.); Nowell Sing We Clear; Best of Nowell Sing We Clear; Front Hall FHR 301 CD
  5. Nowell Sing We Clear: Sherburne/Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer (Reid/May); Nowell Sing We Clear; Best of Nowell Sing We Clear; Front Hall FHR 301 CD
  6. Typhanie Monique: Christmas Song (Torme); Typhanie Monique; We Three Sons; Faintly Spoken Music xmas sons
  7. David Roth: “Little Christmas Song”; David Roth; Think Twice (disc 2); Think Twice (disc 2) | Wind River WR4029 2 of 2
  8. Mark Stepakoff: Christmas in Bethlehem; Mark Stepakoff; Yule Like This; markstepakoff 11242023
  9. Darryl Purpose: “You Must Go Home for Christmas”; Darryl Purpose; Same River Twice [fmr. Darryl PURPOSE]; Same River Twice | Tangible tangible cardboard
  10. Bohola: “A Childhood Christmas” (Dylan Thomas, et al); Bohola; A Childhood Christmas; Bohola Music 01
  11. Jim Infantino & Jonatha Brooke: The Holly and the Ivy; Jim Infantino & Jonatha Brooke; Snow Angels; Hear Music HEAR 9405
  12. Leroy Anderson: “Sleigh Ride”; Imani Winds; This Christmas; Koch KICCD-7748
  13. Sultans of String: Sing for Kwanzaa (Bona/McKhool); Sultans of String, feat. Richard Bona & Waleed Abdulhamid; Christmas Caravan; McKhool/Laliberte MCK2075
  14. Yocontalie Jackson & the Jennifer Tibbets Singers: Kwanzaa’s Pure Light; Yocontalie Jackson & the Jennifer Tibbets Singers; Kwanzaa’s Pure Light – single; EBS Originals
  15. Christine Lavin & The Mistletones: “The Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song”; Christine Lavin, Gregory Clark, Julie Gold, Ervin Drake, Emily Bindiger, David Lutken; Runaway Christmas Tree; Runaway Christmas Tree Appleseed Recordings APRCD 1075
  16. Emmylou Harris: The First Noel; Emmylou Harris; An Americana Christmas; New West NW6320
  17. John McCutcheon: “Christmas in the Trenches”; John McCutcheon; Winter Solstice; Rounder Rounder 0192
  18. Joemy Wilson: “Silent Night” (instrumental); Joemy Wilson; Gifts; Gifts | Dargason Music DMCD-103
  19. Carla Ulbrich: Silent E (Lehrer); Carla Ulbrich; The FuMP Desecrates Tom Lehrer; FuMP282
  20. the great Luke Ski: The Vatican Rag (Lehrer); the great Luke Ski; The FuMP Desecrates Tom Lehrer; FuMP282
  21. John Abbey, Cali Abbey, Alex Lunc: Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Gillespie & Coots); John Abbey, Cali Abbey, Alex Lund; We Three Sons; Faintly Spoken Music xmas sons
  22. Naomi Ashley: My Friend James; Naomi Ashley; single from upcoming Love Bug album; 11-30-2023
  23. James Curley: My Last Silent Night; James Curley; Manufactured Meaning; Sidwalking Crab SCR0519
  24. Sultans of String: “A Django Christmas”; Sultans of String; Christmas Caravan; McKhool MCK2075
  25. Heywood Banks: Cash Cash Cash; Heywood Banks; New Holiday Standards; 11042022
  26. Jonas Friddle: “Cookie Jar”; Jonas Friddle w/Anna Jacobson; The Last Place to Go; Bare Handed Productions 88295 85639
  27. Win Stracke: “Clout City Christmas”; Win Stracke; 98.7 FM 50th Anniversary; WFMT 001 1-2
  28. Joemy Wilson: Good King Wenceslas (trad./instrumental); Joemy Wilson; Gifts; Dargason DMCD-103
  29. Billy Crockett: “Coasting Into Christmas”; Billy Crockett; A Very Blue Rock Christmas, Vol. 1; Blue Rock BRA-CD1210
  30. Graham Chittenden: Holidays with Dogs – Christmas excerpt (Spoken); Graham Chittenden; Defeated; Macaw Studios
  31. Jenny & Robin Bienemann: Cup of Tea (R. Bienemann); Jenny & Robin Bienemann; Live (at Folkstage); Jenny & Robin Bienemann 7 00261 39965 2
  32. Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum: “Hot Buttered Rum” (Tommy Thompson); Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum; Winter’s Grace; Winter’s Grace | Signature Sounds SIG 1251
  33. Loreena McKennitt: “The Gloucestershire Wassail” (Trad.); Loreena McKennitt; A Midwinter Night’s Dream; Quinlan Road B0012096-02
  34. Joan Baez: “The Cherry Tree Carol” (Trad.); Joan Baez; Vol. 2; Vanguard 79595-2
  35. Ilene Weiss: No Room at the Inn; Ilene Weiss; Weiss Christmas; Gadfly Records Gadfly 236
  36. Sons of the Never Wrong: In the Inn (Roper); Sons of the Never Wrong; We Three Sons; Faintly Spoken Music xmas sons
  37. The Fairfield Four: Help for the Needy (Today); The Fairfield Four; I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray; Warner Bros. 9 46698-2CD
  38. Hiss Golden Messenger: Prince of Peace (Russell); Hiss Golden Messenger; A Song for Leon; Primary Wave 6 17308 05480 4
  39. Andrew Calhoun and Campground: Rise Up Shepherd and Follow; Andrew Calhoun & Campground ft. Big Llou Johnson; Folkstage December 20, 2008; WFMT Folkstage 12-20-08 2 of 2
  40. Andrew Calhoun and Campground: Jesus Born; Andrew Calhoun and Campground; Folkstage December 20, 2008; WFMT Folkstage 12-20-08 2 of 2
  41. Mahalia Jackson: Go Tell It On the Mountain; Mahalia Jackson; Silent Night Song for Christmas; FuMP282
  42. Cary Morin: Santa It’s True; Cary Morin; Holiday Tunes; Label 0000
  43. Harry Belafonte: “Scarlet Ribbons” (Evelyn Danzig and Jack Segal); Harry Belafonte w/Millard Thomas, guitar; Greatest Hits (disc 1 of 3); Greatest Hits (disc 1 of 3) | RCA 07863 67403-2
  44. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  45. Traditional: “Veni, veni, Emmanuel (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel)”; Sonos Handbell Ensemble/James Meredith; Christmas with Sonos Handbell Ensemble; Well-Tempered Productions WTP-5176