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The Christmas Revels

Item Number: CD1078


This is the show that started it all: the original medieval¬†Christmas Revels¬†from which all our years of merry, musical mischief first began. A jovial king prepares his castle to make merry through dark midwinter, inviting his entire kingdom, from the highest lord to the humblest villager, to join the fun. All the Revels standards are here, including Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” as read by public radio star Robert J. Lurtsema and, of course, “Lord of the Dance,” marvelously sung by Revels founder John Langstaff.

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Full songlist below:

1. Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
2. Room’s Opening Lines
3. Wassail Carol
4. Father Christmas Verse
5. The Boar’s Head Carol
6. Constant Billy
7. Here We Come A-Wassailing
8. Villagers All!
9. There Was a Pig
10. The Monks’ March
11. Dargason
12. Fra Giovanni
13. The Holly and the Ivy
14. Fool’s Verse
15. Lord of the Dance
16. Brass Fanfare
17. Masters in this Hall
18. Shakespeare Lines
19. Nova! Nova!
20. Nativity
21. Alle Psallite Cum Luya
22. The Moon Shines Bright
23. St. George’s Verse
24. Sword Dance Tunes
25. The Shortest Day
26. The Wren Song
27. Apple Tree Wassail
28. The 12 Days of Christmas
29. The Fool’s Farewell
30. Sussex Mummers’ Carol