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    Not a recording you can obtain, but Dempsey Young recorded a few Christmas numbers at home - Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, a couple of others. He used a backing rhythm track to do his thing, very cool to hear the D-man on these.

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    You can't beat the Melonious Quartet from France for this kind of thing.

    From their classic album 'Au Sud de la Mandoline', here is a set of carols from Provence.

    Suite de noels provencaux.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...dm_mu_dp_trk18
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    Forgot about this baby, featuring the lovely and talented Ben Winship:

    Loose Ties: Yule Ties
    A perennial favorite! Limited edition, re-released in 1999. The original cuts have been digitally remastered and are presented here along with two new bonus tracks.

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Frosty the Snowman
    Greensleeves
    Children Go Where I Send Thee
    Christmastime's a Comin'
    The First Noel
    Sleighride
    I'll be there with Bells On
    Jingle Bell Rock
    Christmas For Cowboys *
    The Christmas Song *
    Song for a Winter's Night
    Noel Reprise
    We Wish you a Merry Christmas *

    * previously unreleased

    http://store.benwinship.com/Loose-Ti...ies-SRR010.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    OK, nice shopping list, but which particular Xmas songs do you folks play yourselves ?
    This comes under both categories: My favourite Christmas album (containing a fair mandolin proportion) has long been Drive The Cold Winter Away by Horslips.

    The title track of that album is one of my favourite Christmas carols to play myself (also known by the alternative title "In Praise of Christmas"), and I recently stumbled across a great four-part harmony arrangement, which I've recorded on triple-tracked tenor guitar for the Christmas Tunes thread in the Song-A-Week Social Group. It's originally from Playford's Dancing Master.

    Link to PDF sheet music



    I'm also fond of the four Christmas albums that Maddy Prior has recorded with The Carnival Band: A Tapestry of Carols, "Carols and Capers", "An Evening of Carols and Capers" (live DVD/double-CD) and "Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh". The Carnival Band play mainly replica early music instruments, but this includes various forms of mandolins and citterns.

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    I've put most of the recordings into an amazon ListMania List for long-term keeps. Will be useful next year and beyond. I've said it before, but the best mandolin web site in the world is amazon.com. They have just about everything... and more.

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    How about Novel Arch's "December"? http://www.amazon.com/December/dp/B006HAPWRI/

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlekvia View Post
    How about Novel Arch's "December"? http://www.amazon.com/December/dp/B006HAPWRI/
    Ah, that's a good one. I've seen and heard this one but missed it. This is why we ask for input. Assume that's your band.

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    Just remembered another nice one, specially for the vintage instrument fanatics here on the Cafe: Gregg Miner's "Christmas Collection" CDs (two volumes), 27 Christmas tunes played on a hundred different vintage instruments from his bottomless collection of plucked vintage instruments, including a complete set of Gibson mandolins (on Bach's Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring):

    Link to CD page on Gregg's site
    Link to the list of instruments used

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    Late to the party but, Hull & Larson "The Goose Is Getting Fat", has mando or mandocello, on 10 of the 22 tracks. Available from Dave Hull's website: http://www.dakotadavehull.com/recordings.html.

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    Well, Seattle Mandolin Orchestra is mere weeks away from having our Christmas CD out. Looks like the release date will be Dec. 3 -- with luck we won't miss the party entirely. I'll post artwork and CDBaby/Amazon links when they are finalized.

    In addition to the standard fare we'll have a couple of pieces from "Mandolin Messiah" and my own very weird arrangement of "Briing a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella."
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    I don't think anyone has added Wyatt Rice and Rickie Simpkin's "New Acoustic Christmas." There is some great mando playing on these arrangements.
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    Also check out John Cowan's Comfort & Joy. All the parts that are usually assigned to horns and string sections are played by mandolin-family instruments, from the "horn" lines in Smoky Robinson's "Christmas Every Day" to the quartet of Gilchrists backing John on "Ave Maria."

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    I love Butch Baldassari's Evergreen...the music book is available on Amazon as well. Beautiful renditions of classic Chrismas songs.

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    OK, here is ours, finally. "Rejoice" by the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra:

    http://seattlemandolin.org/Rejoice.htm

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/seattlemandolinorchestra3



    Lot of fun putting this together. We recorded most of it in Pearl Jam's studio, which was a real hoot. Just finished a pair of "Mandolin Messiah" concerts and nearly quadrupled our audience from last year.
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    Another vote here for Jethro Tull.
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    How about the Modern Mandolin Quartet and the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble?

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    'Family Guy' had a song yesterday night, not destined to be a Classic ,
    because It lampooned the over consumption of the commercialized Holiday .
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    A new entry from Eva Holbrook and her talented sisters in SHEL. They are giving away their 2014 Christmas EP for free. http://shel.cashmusic.org/
    They have a music video for it at- http://bit.ly/1z3S2qy
    Enjoy!

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    Also posted this down in the Classical thread ...

    The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra has been doing these "Mandolin Messiah" concerts for four years now. Last weekend's show was by all accounts the best of the lot, and we were able to get Al Bergstein to shoot video footage and J. M. McNulty to record the sound. So here is what it looks and sounds like (through a pair of omni-pattern condenser mics).

    I know many folks are curious about this but can't necessarily make it out to Seattle to see what it's all about. We have footage and sound from the entire concert, and if it all turns out as well as the Hallelujah Chorus, perhaps we can make a full-length video available in some form.

    But for now, here's our Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/fill-in-the-blank gift to the mandolin community. Please enjoy responsibly.

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    Just to get a start on your Christmas overload, a courtesy bump of this thread.



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    As Shawnee said above, Bluegrass White Snow by Patty Loveless is my go to.
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    I highly recommend adding Claire Lynch’s wonderful “Holiday!” CD to the list!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Tichenor View Post
    The Mandolin Cafe's definitive mandolin Christmas list, below. More images than we're allowed to upload so we'll list them instead. Many of these are rotating on the Cafe home page at various times during late November and Decmeber.

    See: the Mandolin Cafe's official amazon.com Christmas List

    Butch Baldassari's Evergreen -amazon | Elderly | SoundArt Recordings
    David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas - amazon | Acoustic Oasis
    Karen Mal & Will Taylor, A Mandolin Christmas - amazon
    Brian Oberlin, Solo Christmas Swing - amazon | CDBaby
    Alan and Bonnie Epstein, Come In From The Cold - Elderly | amazon | CDBaby
    A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol I - Skaggs Family Records | amazon
    A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol II - Skaggs Family Records | amazon
    Rhonda Vincent, Beautiful Star: A Christmas Collection - amazon
    Emory Lester, Christmas Carols - Elderly | amazon | CDBaby | iTunes
    Bluegrass Christmas Collection: Christmas Time's a Comin - amazon
    Acoustic Mandolin Christmas - amazon
    Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Gifts - amazon
    Modern Mandolin Quartet, Nutcracker Suite - amazon
    Eddie Russo, A Mandolin Christmas - amazon
    Lara & Reyes, Navidad - amazon
    Tony Williamson Trio Christmas at Doobie Shea - amazon.com
    Simon Mayor, Winter with Mandolins - Elderly | out of stock at amazon U.S. | iTunes | amazon UK
    Sugar Hill Compilation, Tinsel Town - amazon
    New Grange, A Christmas Heritage - amazon
    Evan Marshall, Mandolin For Christmas - amazon
    Mair-Davis Duo, The Sounding Joy - amazon
    Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Winter's Grace - amazon
    Alison Brown, Evergreen - amazon
    Adam Phillips, Songs of Old (A Christmas Album) - iTunes | amazon
    Spencer Capier, Christmas Instrumentals - amazon
    Peter Ostroushko, Heartland Holiday Live at the Fitzgerald - amazon
    Ronnie McCoury, Norman and Nancy Blake, Vassar Clements, James Bryan, and Roy Huskey Jr., An Americana Christmas - amazon
    Ugo Orlandi, Alessandro Bono, Quintetto A Plettro "R. Chalace", Orchestra Di Mandolini E Chitarre "Cittΰ Di Brescia" & Claudio Mandonico, Christmas With Mandolins - amazon
    Dayton Mandolin Orchestra, Sound of Angels - CDBaby | CDUniverse
    Inez Lancaster, Snowed In With A Mandolin On Christmas Day - amazon
    John Darnall, A Mandolin Christmas - amazon
    Robin Bullock, Christmas Eve is Here - amazon | CDBaby
    Jesse McReynolds, A Mandolin Christmas - from artist
    Seattle Mandolin Orchestra, Rejoice - CDBaby
    Rhonda Vincent, Christmas Time
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Christmas Album
    Kujacoustic, Nadal
    Homer and Jethro, Cool Crazy Christmas

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