One thing you’re often told about Christmas music is just how fake it is. How commercial. How plastic.
As long as there have been Christmas records, there have been solo instrumental Christmas records.
Folk revivals have happened with some regularity during the 20th century. It is a style which tends to come back into fashion a lot.
Alan Mills could elocute. He had a distinguished voice with authority. He was a classically trained operatic bass.
The concept of the “overproduced” record is an interesting one.
The Kingston Trio is, quite straightforwardly, the most important band in the history of music that people don’t normally know about.
The album Christmas With The Louvin Brothers surely must have sounded incredibly old-fashioned in 1961.
Say the name Burl Ives and mention Christmas and the association will often run to a jolly old man persona, singing “Holly Jolly Christmas” slathered in lavish orchestr
Odetta is an artist whose career really thumbs its nose to all cultural essentialists out there.
Possibly because it’s a holiday closely linked to Christianity, tradition and commercialism, Christmas has often been construed as a particularly right-wing phenomenon.