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Downe In Yon Forrest: Christmas From the Middle Ages
Kemper Crabb and Mysterium
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Every once in a while, even PBS gets it right. The 2008 Christmas TV fundraising special making the rounds with the muscular group playing spirited versions of Christmas classics is a case in point. There are no secular holiday standards here, no "Have Yourself a Merry Little" or "Chestnuts Roasting" or "White Christmas" dreaming in this bunch.
The source material dates back as much as a thousand years to the Christian Medieval era and is presented with gusto and skill by Texas' most medieval modern, Kemper Crabb.
But don't take my word for it. Read the historical background here:, more than you ever wanted to know about the historic instruments (sitar, mandolin, bouzouki, recorder, violin, bowed psaltery, harmonium, dumbek, and djembe, to name a few),  then be ready to pick up your phone and pledge to your local public television station when the live recording appears. Or buy a copy here:
Linda LaFianza

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