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Strike the 'harp Again: Another Autoharp Celebration

by The Cyberpluckers

Here's your anodyne to the sameness of the annual "Jingle Bells" playlist! Join the Cyberpluckers and their friends in their cozy song circle as they share their favorite uncommon and original seasonal song arrangements plus a few familiar ones.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sledd Ridin'
Tina Louise Barr - Autoharp; Ray Frank - Guitar; John Gwinner - Mandolin
3:54 album only
2. Polish Lullaby (Lulajze Jezuniu)
Karen A. McCarty, Vocals, Autoharp
3:41 album only
3. Gloucester Wassail
Ron Bean, Autoharp
2:08 album only
4. A Story Often Told
Andy Hurlbut, Guitar;barbara Giamalvo, Autoharp; Kristie Etling, Mountain Dulcimer; June Fessenden, Autoharp
2:58 album only
5. Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night All Christians Sing)
Ann McChesney-Young, Autoharp, Celtic Harp
3:46 album only
6. Pat-a-Pan
Linda Huber, Autoharp & Vocals - Kim Matterson, Recorder & Vocals - Peggy Sachs, Guitar & Vocals
2:38 album only
7. Yn Joarree (The Stranger)
Jan Brodie, Beastie Dovey, Tony Archibald, Michael Garrett, Brian Kerwin, Sandy Gorst, Pauline Johns, Mairead Kerwin, Claire Crellin, Mary Quine, Rachael Storey, Shiela Quaggin and Leila Kneale. All Autoharp and Vocals.
3:38 album only
8. Hard Candy Christmas
Reanna Flemons, Vocals, Autoharp; Dom Flemons, Guitar
3:29 album only
9. Appalachian Carol #1
Coleen Walters, Autoharp, Vocal, Bass; Maggie Dodd, Flute, Guitar, Harmony; Neal Walters, Harmony
2:46 album only
10. Angels We Have Heard On High
John Cerrigone, Autoharp & Bass; Heidi Cerrigone, Piano
2:40 album only
11. The Christmas Goose
Neil Gillard, Autoharp and Vocals
3:50 album only
12. All On a Wintry Night
Rini Twait, Autoharp and Vocals
4:10 album only
13. Christmas Time's a-Comin'
Carol Stober, Autoharp, Vocals; Rebekah Stober, Harmony Vocals; Julie Moon, Guitar
3:02 album only
14. Still, Still, Still
Neal Walters, Autoharp, Concertina, Synth,Vocals; Coleen Walters, Bass;
3:27 album only
15. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Bruce Fornes - Lead Autoharp and Vocals; Paula Harrigan - Autoharp and Vocals; Gabriel Bickerstaff - Violin; Liam Bickerstaff - Viola; John Paul Bickerstaff - Cello
3:11 album only
16. Sans Day Carol
Jan Brodie, Autoharp & Vocals
3:00 album only
17. Do You Hear What I Hear?
Lisa Blaize, Vocal, Autoharp
3:29 album only
18. Christmas Island
Doug Pratt, Autoharp, Dobro, Lead Vocals; Julie Blackwell, Harmony Vocals; Gene Roberson, Rhythm Guitar; Manny Krevat, Bass.
2:32 album only
19. Nutharper
Karen Torell Hoffman, Autoharp; Steven Dupar, Percussion
2:28 album only
20. Little Toy Trains
Maggie Dodd, Autoharp, Vocals; Coleen Walters, Bass, Vocals; Neal Walters Slide Guitar
3:00 album only
21. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Holly Towne, Autoharp, Vocals; Niels Jonker, Bass.
3:32 album only
22. The Little Drummer Boy
Ken Sluce Solo Autoharp
2:24 album only
23. A Baby Just Like You
Rick Fitzgerald, Autoharp & Vocal
2:28 album only
24. Hot Buttered Rum
Dave Robison, Autoharp, Guitar Vocal, Jere Hudson, Fiddle
3:55 album only
25. Christmas Past
John H Orchard, Autoharp, Vocals; Mick Smith, Bass.
3:21 album only
26. On This Christmas Day
Cindy Harris, Autoharp and Vocal
3:21 album only
27. March of the Three Kings
Linda Parker Hamilton, Whistling and Autoharp
3:53 album only
28. Mary Did You Know?
Paul Ranney, Autoharp
3:48 album only
29. Pretty Paper
Marilyn Chrystal, Autoharp, Vocals; Jude Hartman, Piano, Vocals; Lorna Klein, Guitar, Vocals; Sue Prentice, Mandolin, Vocals
3:40 album only
30. O Come Little Children
Christine Olson, Autoharp; Kelli Partin, Violin
2:49 album only
31. The Shepherd's Song At the Manger (Schlaf Wohl Du Himmelsknabe Du)
Siegfried Knöpfler, Autoharp; Pit Lenz, Vocals, Dobro, Synthesizer (Bass, Glockenspiel, Harmonium)
3:22 album only
32. The Babe of Bethlehem
Heidi Cerrigone, Autoharp,Baritone Dulcimer; John Cerrigone, Guitar,Bass
2:30 album only
33. Jingle Bells
Ryan Carr, Autoharp
2:56 album only
34. Merry Gentlemen's Carol of the Bells
Steve Brown, Autoharp
3:32 album only
35. Christmas Down in Old Sonora
Az Autoharp Club Performers: Autoharps and Mountain Dulcimer & Soloist; Lon Austin, Guitar
3:38 album only
36. The Cherry Tree Carol
Michael E. Poole, Autoharp, Vocal
2:46 album only
37. Christmas in Jail
The Goodhues Band: Kim Goodhue, Autoharp, Lead Vocal; Geoffrey Goodhue, Harmony Vocal, Bass, Fiddle; Ryan Goodhue, Harmony Vocal, Accordion; Edwina Goodhue, Lead Vocal On Chorus
2:54 album only
38. Go Tell It On the Mountain
Howard McGhee, Autoharp and Mountain Dulcimer
3:06 album only


Album Notes
In 1992, a band of technologically competent autoharp enthusiasts established an internet-based discussion group that they whimsically dubbed "The Cyberpluckers." As the internet became more universally accessible, the group thrived, drawing autoharpers from ages 18 to 90 and around the world, sparking discussion on everything from finger picks and technique to festivals and performance anxiety.

No matter what else has been on the table for discussion over the years, the question "What are you playing these days?" has always been interesting and relevant. And every November those who are out performing in their communities report on their favorite songs and tunes for the holiday season, often inspiring another member of the community to learn a new song or to recall an old favorite.

In 2009, we were inspired to pull together a 47 track compilation of Christmas music, each track uniquely different, and each imbued with the energy that on an ordinary CD might have been dispersed across the entire set. Proceeds from that project raised nearly $5000 that has been donated to the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, the California Autoharp Gathering, the Cranberry Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering, the Willamette Valley Autoharp Gathering, the autoharp program at the Sore Fingers Summer School, and the gracious long-time host of the Cyberpluckers discussion group, Lindsay Haisley.

That first project was so much fun that when the CD's started to run low, we decided to do a second project along the same lines. That's the set you can buy right here on CDBaby, thirty-eight brand-new tracks of music new and old, and with each track including at least one autoharp. Hopefully you will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it.



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June Fessenden

It was so much fun performing for this CD!
The AZ Autoharp club is featured , along with the composer, Lon Austin, on track #35, "Christmas Down in Old Sonora". Lon Austin is a Folk Music Icon in Arizona. Andy Hurlbut composed "A Story Often Told", track #4 and Barbara (autoharp), Kristie (mountain dulcimer) and I (autoharp) performed it with her. The CD is awesome and the musicians come from around the world performing Holiday Songs, many I have not heard before. Its great when our autoharp community comes together to put together such a fun project!

Bruce Fornes

Great Variety Of Christmas Music
This CD contains a delightful collection of Christmas carols and holiday music performed by people from many countries and backgrounds. It is definitely not your run-of-the-mill selections, but a truly heartfelt, quaint, and charming take on Christmas played on or backed up by a uniquely American instrument, the autoharp. Just a fun group of songs to brighten your Christmas season.

UK Autoharper

Festive music with a difference.
Strike the 'harp Again is like nothing you have ever heard before. With each track centering around or containing the music of an unlikely instrument, the autoharp, you are sure in for a treat. Many tracks, you will not have heard before but, of the ones you have heard of, you are unlikely to have heard renditions like the ones on this CD.

A wonderful gift for a friend or oneself, this is a CD you can't miss this Christmas.