December 30, 2011

Finally, music for Mr. Dickens

Many apologies for the delay (created by a crazy–inducing combination of the holidays and an industrial–strength head cold that refused to leave until a few days ago), but now while we are still in the midst of the Twelve Days of Christmas, here at last are the best of the 2011 Dickens Festival Sessions from Port Jefferson (Long Island, New York, weekend of 2nd and 3rd December).

First up are Cecila Kirtland and Robin Greenstein with a pair of evergreen German Christmas carols (and a little trivia on how the English and the Yanks got the Yule tree habit):

Next are the Unicorn Singers of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook with two well–known carols in English (and a little history behind one of them):

Both videograms ©2011 Rosegarden Media & Entertainment.

And, yes, we are asking you to support the artistes we feature by buying their albums (none for the Unicorn Singers yet, but I am certain the Fellowship will welcome your PayPal donation).

Finally, due to frustrations with YouTube, it looks like we will be a Vimeo exclusive for quite a while. This is not what I had wanted, and I apologize to those whose Internet TV (IPTV) sets or devices cannot access material on Vimeo just yet. Please contact your IPTV device provider or the manufacturer of your Internet ready TV or other device and ask that they produce a firmware update that will support Vimeo.

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