AST Christmas — Burlap & Bean — Fri December 14 8pm

In our seasonal mode, we play Christmas tunes and songs that span perhaps 5 or 6 centuries, on our multitude of instruments, including psaltry, accordion, handpan, whistle, flute, hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, tenor guitar, and celtic harp. $12 in advance, $15 at the door but this one may sell out in advance.

Planned Songs and Instrumentals

At any time, the sequence of tunes may be altered due to the whim of Doc Terry or an instrument malfunction.
A MASH-UP is AST’s way of incorporating the Celtic tradition of merging many tunes into one. Originally. it was probably to make a tune that was long enough to give the dancers a workout, but we don’t expect dancers and change rhythm at will, which would piss dancers off.

There will be purposeful Sing-Along’s, (a song sheet is provided) but if you know the words at other times, please feel free to jump in. Just be careful because we don’t do anything straight. This pertains particularly to the MASH-UPS.

Royal Snow Angels (Mash-up) Once in Royal David’s City, Snow Drop, Angels we have heard on High (David’s City – poem by Cecil Frances Alexander 1948, Music, Henry Gauntlett) (Angels – Bishop James Chadwick, 1862 to a trad. French melody. Snow Drop –attributed to Andy Andrews, 20th century.)
Saint Basil’s Hymn 7th Century Coptic Christian Orthodox hymn.
Past Three O’clock Tune and refrain c. 1650’s. Verses 20th century, George Ratcliff Woodward, published 1924)
Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake Words and Music: C. Frank Horn, 1883
Good King (Deck the King) Wenceslaus Mash-up — Good King Wenceslaus and Deck the Halls (Good King 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale, Deck the Halls Traditional Welsh, 16th century)
Bottom of the Punchbowl Scottish reel, published in 1743, but probably older.
The Wren/the Wren a) English song and tradition published in 1776 b) Irish adaptation by The Chieftains (The tradition was for children to kill a wren and then go door-to-door singing and begging for money to give the wren a decent burial. I don’t think they spent the money on the wren.)
The Grinch 1966 TV special version Dr. Seuss , Albert Hague, music.
Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
House of Jingle Bells/Jingle Bells Mashup. 1857 James Lord Pierpont Original title “One Horse Open Sleigh”
No Place Like Home 1954 Robert Allen, music, Al Stillman lyrics,
Frosty the Snowman 1950, Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson


Jezebel Carol /Avenging and Bright Mashup (Jezebel, Robert Fleming, 1951, Avenging, Trad. Irish Air)
Ding Dong Merrily (on High!) (tune: French secular dance tune published by Jehan Tabourot c. 1550, Lyrics English composer George Ratcliff Woodward)
Mary’s Boy Child 1956 Jester Hairston, music and lyrics (Harry Belefonte’s 1957 version was the first single to sell more than a million copies in the UK.)
Drunk at Night Dry Inda Morning Scottish air, written by Niel Gow (1727-1807). (The story goes that on Christmas eve one would get drunk because on Christmas morning, it was a Holy day, so you couldn’t drink. It was like getting a running start on the holiday)
Christmas Island 1946, Lyle Moraine,
Rise Up Shepherd Traditional Spiritual
Gather ‘Round the Tree 1863 John Henry Hopkins
My Window Faces The North new lyrics by Andy Andrews (adaptation of My Window Faces the South by Jerry Livingston, Mitchell Parish and Abner Silver. Popularized by Bob Wills)
White Christmas Irving Berlin, 1942 (The version sung by Bing Crosby is best-selling single ever with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.)
Blue Christmas Late 1940’s By Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson (First recorded in 1948 by Doye O’Dell, but became a mega-hit when recorded by Elvis in 1957)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1939, Johnny Marks. (Based on a book published by the Montgomery Ward Company in that same year. Gene Autry’s recording of it in 1949 hit #1 on the pop charts.)