Second from the Bottom Records announces the release of a CD of
old-fashioned Christmas carols by The Little Dickens Band.
The album is entitled A Christmas Stocking Stuffer.
The Little Dickens Band, Anne and Rob Burns, sing
and play folk instruments on this collection of Victorian music
for the season.
A Christmas Stocking Stuffer combines
traditional songs with lesser known selections. The Little
Dickens Band offers “Greensleeves” on hammered
dulcimer and guitar, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”
for flutes, “The Grampound Wassail” with voices
and pennywhistles, “The Holly and the Ivy”
accompanied with the bones, and “Joys Seven” backed
up with concertina. Other titles recorded are “Joy to the World,”
“In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Masters in This Hall
and Old Noll’s Jig,” “Sans Day Carol,”
“Sweep’s Hornpipe,” and a Baroque Adagio
and Allegro. The album is completed with “Auld Lang Syne”
sung to a older melody than is usually heard.
A Christmas Stocking Stuffer was recorded
in Michigan at the Troy Historical Museum and the Rochester Hills
Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.
Anne and Rob have performed as The Little Dickens Band
since 1986. Their concerts of old-fashioned Christmas music have
been enjoyed by multigenerational audiences.