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The Players - Christmas (cd)

This charming instrumental acoustic album, which even the most vehement of scrooges will find hard to resist, is a collection of 33 carols performed on an assortment of instruments including the Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, button accordion, oboe, fiddle, cello and jaw harp.

From the first note, The Players find the Christmas cheer within them and vividly evoke the spirit of a rural Victorian Christmas.

The Players comprise seven folk, blues and street musicians who Phil Manzanera knew and introduced to Andy Mackay and the result is a startlingly fresh and spontaneous approach to the canon of Christmas classics.

It was recorded in 1987 at Manzanera's Gallery Studios.


1 The Holly And The Ivy
2 In Dulei Jubilo / I Saw Three Ships
3 Good King Wenceslas
4 O Litle Town Of Betlehem
5 Angels From The Realms Of Glory
6 In The Bleak Midwinter
7 While Sheperds Watch Their Flocks
8 As With Gladness
9 We Three Kings
10 Little Jesus Sweetly Sleeps
11 The Holly Bears The Berry
12 Coventry Carol
13 Away In A Manger
14 The First Noel
15 Joy To The World
16 The Holly And The Ivy
17 Ding Dong Merrily On High
18 On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol)
19 Jingle Bells
20 Here We Come A-wassailing
21 Past Three O'Clock
22 The Rising Of The Sun
23 Once In Royal David's City
24 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
25 It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
26 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
27 Hard The Herald Angels Sing
28 Silent Night
29 O Come All Ye Faithful
30 The Boar's Head Carol
31 Deck The Hall's
32 We Wish You A Merry Christmas
33 The Holly And The Ivy (Reprise)


Andy Mackay - Oboe/Cor Anglais/Soprano Sax/Whistle
Chris Turner - Harmonica/Jaw Harp/Flute/Whistle/ Cornetto/Bombard/Cymbal
Bob Morgan - Clarinet/Tenor Sax/Percussion
Dick Preston - Guitar/Banjo/Appalachian Dulcimer
Rachel Maloney - Fiddle/Button Accordion
Simon Shepherd - Guitar
Brian Barnett - Guitar
Nico Brown - Accordion/Whistle/Mandolin



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