Hilltown Family Variety Show Holiday Podcast

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Featured video: “January, February (Last Month of the Year)” by Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends from the album, The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs In & Out Of The Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook (Smithsonian Folkways, 2013). 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, Amy Helm, 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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  • The Jackson 5 – “Up on the Housetop” [The Jackson 5 Christmas Album]
  • Chuck Berry – “Run Rudolph Run” Rock ‘n’ Roll Rarities
  • Shira Kline – “Lots of Latkes” [ShirLaLa Chanukah!]
  • Uncle Rock – “Too Many Presents” [Uncle Rock U]
  • The Come Ons – “More” [Holiday Hootenanny]
  • Tish Hinajosa – “Arbolito” From Texas for a Christmas Night
  • Burl Ives – “Jingle Jingle Jingle” [Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer]
  • Sam Bush – “Sleigh Ride” [Putumayo: A Family Christmas]
  • Station Id: Peter Himmelman [www.peterhimmelman.com]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Greensleeves” [A Frog Named Sam]
  • The Hipwaders – “Santa’s Train” [A Kindie Christmas]
  • Uncle Rock – “Santa’s Coming in a Whirlybird” [Express Your Elf]
  • Boris Karloff – “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • Rosemary Clooney – “Suzy Snowflake” [Suzy Snowflake]
  • Laurie Berkner – “Candy Cane Jane” [Rocketship Run]
  • The Pop Stars – “Presents” [The Pink Album]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • The Caroleers – “When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter” [‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (LP)]
  • Burl Ives – “We’re A Couple of Misfits” [Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “All I Want for Kwanza” [‘Tis the Season to Be Rockin’]
  • Spike Jones & His City Slickers – “All I Want for Christmas” [Let’s Sing a Song of Christmas]
  • Recess Monkey – “I Got a Toy” [Monkey Town]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Gene Autry – “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” [Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “The Channukah Medley” [‘Tis the Season to Be Rockin’]
  • Frank Luther – “The Gingerbread Boy” [Happy Stories for Gloomy Days]
  • Maggie G. – “Let’s Bake Cookies” [Putumayo Picnic Playground]
  • Station Id: Bill Harley [www.billharley.com]
  • The Beach Boys – “Little Saint Nick” [The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas Time” [Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters]
  • Lester Lanin and His Orchestra – “Winter Wonderland” [Christmas Dance Party (LP)]
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Christmas Time is Here” [A Charlie Brown Christmas]

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