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An Albion Christmas (CD)
The Albion Band has a history stretching back to the early seventies. During that time, over a hundred different people have been members but Ashley Hutchings has been there throughout. Ashley had a brief spell with Fairport Convention before setting up Steeleye Span with Tim Hart and Maddy Prior. As Steeleye Span became (like Fairport Convention) a folk-rock group, Ashley quit and formed the Albion Country Band, which soon became the Albion Dance Band before finally becoming the Albion Band. I say finally, but for this album they call themselves the Albion Christmas Band. The songs are mainly traditional English folk songs although the group wrote some material in a similar style as well as covering a Jackson Browne song (Rebel Jesus). All of them blend in well together. The songs cover wassailing, polkas and Morris dancing as well as themes that are common in contempory Christmas songs. If you enjoy traditional English folk music (especially from the south of England), this is the Christmas album for you. And you can play this lively, upbeat album as background music, or you can give it dedicated attention - it is enjoyable either way.
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Specifications
Type: CD
Recorded: 2003
Release Date: 2009-09-14
Label: Talking Elephant
Country: Euro
Item No: TECD060
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Track List
01 On christmas night
02 Somerset wassail
03 Gloucestershire wassail
04 Here we come a wassailing
05 Snow falls
06 The advent polka/saint nick's brawl
07 My father played the mandolin
08 Rejoice and be merry
09 Sir roger de coverley
10 The wren song
11 The king
12 Julian of norwich
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