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Christmas Playlist 2013: Instrumental Good Cheer

Instrumental Christmas:  The Sanders household just wasn’t in the mood for the all-out onslaught of the familiar Christmas music in the early days of this December, so we put together a set of wordless wonders, and we sought out as many unfamiliar tunes as possible. It’s a nice change of pace (though if you want to see our other playlists, including the more traditional ones, you can find 9 of them here). The rough draft was overpowered by too much banjo and bluegrass, so we cut as much of it as we could stand to, and tried to showcase less conventional instruments: ukulele, accordion, steel drum, B3 organ, surf guitar, toolboxes, and the whole catastrophe from the rowdy lands of klezmer, polka, and zydeco.

Below is the track list with links to Amazon mp3s; most of it is also available as a Spotify playlist here.

01 Silver and Gold; Chance Turcotte, Christmas 2012

02 O Christmas Ukulele; Cary Kanno, Uke-Banjo Christmas

03 Jolly Saint Nick: Larry Chesky Orchestra, Polka Christmas

04 The First Noel; Jo-El Sonnier, Cajun Christmas

05 Christmas Carol Rock; Art Greenshaw, Surf n Swing Christmas

06 Christmas Dance; Clarke Family w/Billy Oskay, Christmas Pickins

07 Over the Rainbow / Merry Christmas; Ukulele Christmas

08 O Holy Night; Art Greenshaw, Surf n Swing Christmas

09 Hark/O Come All Ye Faithful; John Fahey, The New Possibility

10 Silver Bells; Booker T & the MGs, In the Christmas Spirit

11 Dance of Sugar Plum Fairy/ Woody Phillips, A Toolbox Christmas

12 Bells of St Mary’s; Smokey Montgomery, Surf n Swing Christmas

13 Deck the Halls; Toolbox Christmas

14 O Come all Ye Faithful; Pine Street String Band, Banjo Christmas

15 Carol of the Bells; Christmas Grass

16 Little Town of Bethlehem; Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack, Gypsy Jazz Christmas

17 Deck the Halls; Nokie Edwards, Surf ‘N’ Swing Christmas

18 Let it Snow; Gary Ferguson, Surf n Swing Christmas

19 Irish Christmas Guitar Jig; Dan Kirby

20 We Three Kings; Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack; Very Gypsy Christmas

21 We Three Kings; Klezmonauts, Oy to the World

22 Angels from the Realms of Glory; Mambo Folk, Mambo Christmas Fiesta

23 Holly and the Ivy; Doug Walker, Ultimate Reggae Caribbean Christmas

24 Joy to the World; Smokey Mtn Band, Christmas Pickin

25 Now to Conclude our Christmas Mirth; Ethan James, Ancient Music of Christmas

26 New Year’s Rendezvous; Art Greenshaw, Surf n Swing Christmas

27 Auld Lang Banjo; Cary Kanno, Uke-Banjo Christmas


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