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The 25th

by Magpie Lane

Album of traditional English carols and folk music for the Christmas season, released by Oxfordshire folk band to celebrate 25 years of playing together.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Chiming Bells
3:28 $0.99
2. Newton’s Double
2:41 $0.99
3. Gabriel’s Message
2:45 $0.99
4. A Christmas Caroll
4:20 $0.99
5. As Shepherds Watched Their Fleecy Care
3:08 $0.99
6. Christmas Carousing / Mummers’ Jig and Reel
4:34 $0.99
7. Sellwood Molyneux’ Carol
1:12 $0.99
8. In Winter Time
3:23 $0.99
9. Angelus Ad Virginem / I Saw Three Ships
3:53 $0.99
10. I Am Christmas Time
3:41 $0.99
11. On a Cold Winter’s Day / Down in Yon Forest
6:25 $0.99
12. Hark Hark What News
2:34 $0.99
13. A Christmas Tale / Christmas Day in the Morning
3:26 $0.99
14. The Trees Are All Bare
4:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Magpie Lane perform traditional English music and song. They combine powerful vocals with vigorous dance tunes - inventive arrangements on acoustic instruments.

The first Magpie Lane CD, The Oxford Ramble, was released in April 1993 and the band’s first public appearance – at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford – came a couple of weeks later. This, our 10th album, celebrates 25 years of Magpie Lane. Like Wassail (1995) and Knock at the Knocker, Ring at the Bell (2006) it features songs and tunes suitable for Winter and the Christmas season – entirely appropriate since the band’s annual Christmas concerts at the Holywell are a highlight of the year not just for the band, but for many of the audience.

"quintessential expression of Englishness and musical and vocal excellence"

"If there were a pub session in heaven, it would sound like this"

"the finest English Folk Band for concerts"

"quite the best offering of English traditional songs and dance tunes that has come this way in many a day"

"it is wonderful to see a group of talented musicians and singers with an obvious love of the folk idiom playing such a variety of well thought out arrangements"

Andy Turner – vocals, anglo-concertinas, one-row melodeon
Ian Giles – vocals, percussion
Jon Fletcher – vocals, bouzouki, guitars, mandolin
Mat Green – fiddles, vocals
Sophie Thurman – vocals, cello, whistles, harp

With Colin Fletcher – double bass
Marguerite Hutchinson – vocals, Northumbrian smallpipes



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