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Christmas With The Trail Band: Live in Concert

by The Trail Band

Fresh and lively arrangements of Christmas tunes arranged stylistically for voices, folk instruments, early period instruments like recorders and dulcimer, brass choir, strings and more; liven up your holiday season with the Trail Band.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gloucestershire Wassail (Live)
2:06 $0.99
2. Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella (Live)
3:11 $0.99
3. I Saw Three Ships (Live)
2:10 $0.99
4. The Coventry Carol (Live)
1:21 $0.99
5. Puff Adder / Haning's Farewell / June Apple (Live)
3:42 $0.99
6. The Holly and the Ivy (Live)
1:47 $0.99
7. What Child Is This (Live)
2:55 $0.99
8. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Live)
1:51 $0.99
9. The Night Before Christmas / Up On The Rooftop / Jolly Old St. Nick (Live)
3:57 $0.99
10. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Live)
4:13 $0.99
11. Nothing But A Child (Live)
4:35 $0.99
12. Last Month of the Year (Live)
4:22 $0.99
13. Silver Bells (Live)
3:49 $0.99
14. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Live)
3:31 $0.99
15. Jingle Bells (Live)
1:46 $0.99
16. Here We Come A Wassailing (Live)
1:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Trail Band – An Overview

The Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists including Quarterflash's Rindy Ross. Hundreds of public and private appearances across America and Japan, plus seven successful albums have established The Trail Band as the premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest. Cornet, tenor horn, tuba, fiddles, hammer dulcimer, guitars, penny whistle, mandolin, piano, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorders combine with their rich vocal harmonies to create a diverse tapestry of sound inspired by 19th century music.

Formed by Marv Ross in 1991 at the request of the Oregon Trail Council to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the trail, the band initially performed music exclusively from and about the era of the Oregon Trail with costumes, diary readings, traditional folk tunes, marches, hoedowns, and Native American melodies. Titled, Voices From The Oregon Trail, this performance piece has been the keystone of the band's repertoire for 10 years.

In 1998 The Trail Band was presented the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Oregon-California Trails Association.In 1999 producer Marv Ross was presented an Alumni Award of Excellence from Western Oregon University for The Trail Band's contributions to history, education, and music. The Trail Band's two albums of Oregon Trail music have been licensed by Oregon State Tourism, The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, The End of the Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and countless school districts.

In 1994 The Trail Band created a new show, Christmas With The Trail Band - a holiday concert reminiscent of the parlour orchestras and townsquare brass bands of the last century. Originally produced as a television special for Oregon Public Broadcasting, this concert has become an annual tradition for thousands of concert-goers in the Northwest.

In 1998, the band presented a new show and album, Immigrant Dreams, featuring music and stories of those who came west to America from Ireland, Scotland, Romania, Mexico, France, Spain, Greece, and other countries during the turn of the century. In 1999 The Trail Band debuted a new show and accompanying album, Lewis & Clark, and in 2001 the band released it's seventh recording, a Christmas album titled, Making Spirits Bright.

What The Critics Say About The Trail Band

"... an absolute must!"
Victory Music Review

"...sparkling ensemble interplay..."
Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

"A stellar cast of musicians... delightful arrangements..."
Tim Casebeer Willamette Week

"...nothing short of remarkable." Nancy Helsabeck, Siuslaw News

"The Trail Band sang like angels and played like virtuosos…"
Fred Crafts, Eugene Register-Guard 12/98

"... will perk up your spirits, cause you to dance, and make you feel good to be alive." Sam Richardson, Music Sidelines

"In the last of 5 sold-out performances, the eight member group put on an exuberant, classy and wide-ranging display of original tunes and fresh arrangements of tradtional folk and acoustic music that delighted the crowd with humor and musicianship." Lynn Darroch, The Oregonian

"One can only express a sort of wonder toward the uniqueness of a band that incorporates antique brass instruments and resounding vocal pitch..." Ryan Parker, The O.S.U. Barometer

"The band's music is good-natured, harmonious, and certainly retains it's own individuality." John Foyston, The Oregonian

"The Trail Band could be Oregon's happiest musical accident. It was formed specifically to perform during a historical play commemorating the Oregon Trail just for 1993. Luckily for us, the band stayed together, recording five fine CDs and playing some of the sweetest-sounding traditional and old-time music you're likely to hear anywhere."
The Oregonian 4/98

"Happy, homespun... a delightful old-fashionedy sound, from spirited fiddles to a spritely brass ensemble..."
Eugene Register-Guard

"The Trail Band brought the capacity audience to it's feet more than once. They are just incredibly skilled and great entertainers, too."
The Patrice Press, Tuscon, Arizona



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Cameron Morgan

upbeat and interesting, slightly Celtic, very listenable!
I bought this on a whim and now am a Trail Band convert!! My mom (60) also really likes the Celtic flavor of the Trail Band. This is a good CD to put on when entertaining or when making Xmas cookies -- toe-tapping energy. Good fun.


The perfect festive music
What a wonderful cd to put you in the holliday spirit. These songs recall simpler delights which are the heart of christmas. A beautiful way to mix tradition with today, thank you!

Eugene Forsythe

Christmas With The Trail Band
I gave this CD to my wife for her annual wreath making party she hosts in her greenhouse. Her friends loved the music and it added a terrific musical lift to their holiday fun. We told them to buy it from CD Baby!

Barbara Bartel

love this music
We gave this cd to someone as a gift, and they report that it has been their favorite music this holiday season!

Paula Hammond

great Christmas music
This is great Christmas music that I will listen to year round.

Alyse Clark

i've listened to them since i was a little girl and i am still in love with the sings.