A Victorian Christmas

A Victorian Christmas offers a delightful assortment of the popular carols of the time, from those still well-known today, including The First Noel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Greensleeves, The Holly and the Ivy and The Wassail Song; to a treasure trove of lesser known gems including The Cherry Tree Carol, The Carnal and the Crane and My Dancing Day. Featuring the lyrical hammered dulcimer (or, as the Victorians called it, the "piano harp") of Robin Petrie in sparkling arrangements which also include different combinations of piano, strings, harp and guitar.

Click to hear a clip of The Wexford Carol.

Click to hear a clip of Greensleeves

A Victorian Noel

An enchanting companion album to A Victorian Christmas Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans officially outlawed all festivals, including the ancient Yuletide celebrations so beloved by the people. In rediscovering the ancient feast of Christmas, the Victorians searched throughout Europe to find old carols, transporting them across borders and language barriers. Here is a collection of well-known melodies from Provence: Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella; Burgandy: Patapan; Germany: O, Tannenbaum; France: Wherefore This Great Joy (Angels We Have Heard on High) - along with lesser-known gems from Poland, Alsace, Sicily, Finland, Holland, Austria, Catalonia, Denmark, Galicia and the Basque country.

Christmas had been a much neglected holiday until the Victorians revived its beloved traditions - trimming the tree, hanging the mistletoe, decking the hall...and celebrating it all in songs called carols.
A Victorian Christmas
Liner Notes, Song List
A Victorian No‘l
Click to hear a clip of Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella.

Click to hear a clip of Adam and His Helpmate.

Liner Notes, Song List