Christmas songs on CD

29th September 2000 at 01:00
There's more than just boisterous entertainment in Hey for Christmas, a wonderful new CD of songs and carols from the vast collection of broadside ballads in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Though the compilation contains energetic comic ditties from popular Victorian sources and marvellous tunes from street bands, there are also more moving and thoughtful moments. Earlier pieces recreate the musc of Pepys's time. Musical pleasure and historical insight are found in equal proportion, as the CD recalls frost fairs on the frozen Thames (pictured), the politics of city streets and the authentic sounds of Hardy's Wessex. Hey for Christmas is pound;12.99 (inc pamp;p) from Beautiful Jo Records, PO Box 1039, Oxford, OX1 4UA. Tel: 01865 249194. Fax: 01865 792765 Website:

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