Week #396 ~ Drive the Cold Winter Away

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    This week's winner is Drive the Cold Winter Away, which was submitted as an English tune. I am not familiar with this tune, and I am on the road posting from my phone, so I will depend on some of our other members to help find some links to notation and videos! Thanks!
  2. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    This is a tune from Playford's English Dancing Master (First Edition, 1651, and all subsequent editions), which also goes by the name "In Praise of Christmas". It's a country dance as well as a Christmas carol.

    Words and tune are here: Link

    Another version, in four-part harmony, is here: Link

    Although it's an English tune, the outstanding recorded version of it is by the Irish band Horslips: it's the title track of their all-acoustic 1975 Christmas album, and also gets reprised on their 1976 concept album "The Book Of Invasions":

  3. David Hansen
    David Hansen
    I originally posted this in the Christmas tunes thread back in 2010.

  4. Dick Dery
    Dick Dery
    Here's a link for abcnotation.com:

  5. Don Grieser
    Don Grieser
    David, that's a wonderful version of a beautiful tune.
  6. Bob Michel
    Bob Michel
    Lovely interpretation from David, as always.

    I did some overdubbing as well, making sure to include a uke--my instrument of choice for driving cold winter away.

    Bob Michel
    Near Philly
  7. dustyamps
    Here is my recording from the winter of 2015.
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