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Christmas Musicke

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Christmas Musicke
Christmas Musicke


In Renaissance Europe most of the large towns and cities had official musicians. Dating from medieval times up to the beginning of the 19th century these musicians in England were known as Waits. They had numerous duties which varied from town to town. Sometimes they would be playing for civic events throughout the year and special occasions such as welcoming royal visitors. The responsibilities could be quite mundane such as playing their instruments through the town at night, waking the townsfolk on dark winter mornings by playing under their windows. Several years ago The York Waits revived the band as it would have been in its heyday in 16th century York. Playing instruments of the time such as English bagpipes, shawms, saggbutt, crumhorns, curtails and hurdy-gurdy the York Waits present a varied programme of typical Christmas music gleaned from Waits' traditions throughout Europe. Some of the material will be familiar being Christmas songs and tunes will still know today. The Waits are joined by singer, Deborah Catterall.


  1. Name
  2. Personent Hodie
  3. O Jesulein Suss, O Jesulein Mild
  4. Angelus Ad Pastores
  5. Von Himmel Hoch
  6. Resonet In Laudibus
  7. Thys Endere Nyghth
  8. As I Lay On A Night
  9. Als Y Lay On Yoolis Night
  10. Piva Ferrarese
  11. O Hac Quam Mundam
  12. El Noi De La Mare/eldesembre Congelat/iOi Betleem!/birjina Gaztettobat Zegoen
  13. De Matin Ai Rescoutra Lou Train
  14. Quando Nascette Ninno
  15. Doux Pommier/faisans Rejouissance
  16. Bergers, J'ai Ouy La Nouvelle
  17. Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agreable? Berger, Secoue Ton Sommeil Profond! Bergers, Par Les Plus Doux Accords
  18. Born Is The Babe
  19. Thus Angels Sung
  20. Christmas Cheer/ The Little Barleycorn
  21. The St. Day Carol/i Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In/the Sussex Carol/ A Yorkshire Wassail
  22. The Wexford Carol
  23. While Shepherds Watched
  24. The Waits (london)
  25. The Waits' Wassail
  26. Ding Dong Merrily On High
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