The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs In and Out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook

October 8, 2016 - Comment

The Sounding Joy is a spirited collection of folk carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and a luminary list of her musical family, friends, and neighbors, this album celebrates the spirit of community and homespun traditions that existed in times before the commercialization of Christmas.

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The Sounding Joy is a spirited collection of folk carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and a luminary list of her musical family, friends, and neighbors, this album celebrates the spirit of community and homespun traditions that existed in times before the commercialization of Christmas. Natalie Merchant, Aoife O’Donovan, John Sebastian, Dan Zanes, Happy Traum, and many others including special guest Peggy Seeger all add their voices to pay tribute to a collection revered in the canon of American music.

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Julian Lines says:

You and your family will enjoy this music for years to come… This treasure trove of Christmas songs based on the work of Ruth Crawford Seeger is a true delight. Diverse selections mix rarely heard songs with chestnuts, but each beautiful and fresh in its own way. Fans of Elizabeth Mitchell already know the warmth and sincerity which comes through her music to a child’s heart, but this four year project allows many of Woodstock’s finest to share the spotlight. The insightful liner notes by Natalie Merchant, Dan Littleton and Liz confirm and embellished my…

Daisy says:

Tender and Bright How many times have I longed to rediscover the Christmas of my childhood, of my mother’s childhood. Here it is. Filled with beautiful simplicity and joy, this is the antidote to all things overwhelming that have overridden the Christmas season.Please, do yourself and any/all children in your life a huge favor – get this CD and fill your home w/the sounds of earthly angels singing the celestial song of Christ’s birth.It may just inspire you to – finally – lay down the…

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truly a joy

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