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A Christmas Present From The Albion Band

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A Christmas Present from The Albion Band

A Christmas Present from The Albion Band
The Albion Band

Fun Records FUN003 (LP, UK, December 1985)
Tracer / Celtic CD 003 (CD, UK, 1986)
Making Waves SPINCD131 (CD, UK, January 2002)

Cathy Lesurf - lead vocals, spoken word
Ashley Hutchings - bass, vocals, spoken word
Phil Beer - fiddle, mandolin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, spoken word
Doug Morter - guitar, vocals, spoken word
Trevor Foster - drums, percussion
With help from:
Max Clifford -
keyboards
John O'Connor - additional vocals

In The Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter,
frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow,
snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter,
long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him
nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away
when he comes to reign:
in the bleak midwinter
a stable place sufficed
the Lord God incarnate,
Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels
may have gathered there
cherubim and seraphim
thronged the air;
but his mother only,
in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved
with a kiss.

What can I give him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man,
I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him
give my heart.
 
Words: Christina Rossetti, 1872
 
Music: Cranham

Christmas In The Trenches

A Soldiers Story
Foster William Charlton

Keep the Home-Fires Burning

They were summoned from the hillside, they were called in from the glen, 
And the country found them ready at the stirring call for men. 
Let no tears add to their hardships, as the soldiers pass along, 
And although your heart is breaking, make it sing this cheery song: 

Keep the Home Fires Burning, 
While your hearts are yearning, 
Though your lads are far away they dream of home. 
There's a silver lining, through the dark clouds shining, 
Turn the dark cloud inside out, 'til the boys come home. 

Overseas there came a pleading, 
"Help a nation in distress." 
And we gave our glorious laddies, honor bade us do no less, 
For no gallant son of freedom to a tyrant's yoke should bend, 
And a noble heart must answer to the sacred call of "Friend." 

Keep the Home Fires Burning, 
While your hearts are yearning, 
Though your lads are far away they dream of home. 
There's a silver lining, through the dark clouds shining, 
Turn the dark cloud inside out, 'til the boys come home.

 with music by Ivor Novello and lyrics by Lena Ford

tracks
 
side one
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Ding Dong Merrily On High)
 
 
Worcester
 
 
Christmas Must Be Tonight
 
 
Bells Of Paradise / I Sing Of A Maid
 
 
 
 
Welch Rabbit
 
side two 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

related internet links

the Thomas Hardy page
on our Walk Awhile literature
website, including the
complete text to
Absent-Mindedness in a Parish Choir

Life in the trenches during
the First World War took
many forms, and varied widely
from sector to sector
and from front to front.
 

Read of the events of
Christmas 1914 which led
to a truce between
British and German forces.
 

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