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Susie Burke, David Surette & Kent Allyn | Wonderland

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by Susie Burke, David Surette & Kent Allyn

A wonderful album of holiday music, with both classic and less familiar selections, ranging from folk to swing.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Christ Was Born in Bethlehem
3:54 $0.99
2. Winter Wonderland
2:53 $0.99
3. Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella
3:18 $0.99
4. Dormi, Dormi Bel Bambin
2:59 $0.99
5. Joy to the World/Ding Dong Merrily on High
3:10 $0.99
6. Let it Snow
3:07 $0.99
7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3:58 $0.99
8. Pat a Pan
2:28 $0.99
9. Christmas in the Trenches
5:26 $0.99
10. This is the Year
2:58 $0.99
11. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
2:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Holiday music is tricky. You want fun and festivity, but our tenderest memories nestle within the familiar melodies. Evoking one without disturbing the other takes sublime taste and the rarest of modern musical talents: simplicity. But Susie Burke and David Surette specialize in those simple gifts, which is why they are New England’s favorite folk sweethearts. Joined by ace multi-instrumentalist Kent Allyn, their long-awaited holiday album, Wonderland, is a wintry gem, elegant as a Manhattan midnight, bewitching as hot buttered rum, and as warm and folksy as your grandmother’s old quilt.

The trio moves gracefully between pop chestnuts, new songs, and ancient carols. Surette’s playing on guitar, mandolin, and cittern, is a marvel of melodic purity and ribbon-candy chordal color, lightly augmented by Allyn’s quicksilver piano. Burke’s twilight mezzo always puts melody before mechanics and heart before dazzle. Her adoring rendition of the obscure “Dormi, Dormi, Bel Bambin” makes it feel instantly familiar, and she captures all the wistful lonesomeness that made “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” such a balm for the World War II generation. The trio brings a lullaby lull to the ancient “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella,” and an buoyant lilt to “Pat-a-Pan.” But when they turn to modern fare, such as a grinning reggae bop of “Winter Wonderland” or a winking flirtation of “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” you’ll swear all these songs were kissin’ cousins. Wonderland feels like an old holiday friend after one listen, and part of the family after two. By next December, you’ll swear you’ve been listening to it all your life.

Scott Alarik, music writer, The Boston Globe, author, Deep Community and Revival: A Folk Music Novel.



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