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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Smithsonian Sunday: Holiday Folk Songs

Beginning today, each Sunday The Prices Do DC will feature a post from the collection of Smithsonian blogs.



Elizabeth Mitchell’s The Sounding Joy, released by Smithsonian Folkways for this holiday season, features new recordings of traditional American carols rescued from obscurity by the late Ruth Crawford Seeger (Pete Seeger’s stepmother) in her 1953 songbook, American Folk Songs for Christmas. These simple devotionals evoke, as Ruth Seeger put it, the “old-time American Christmas. . .not of Santa Claus and tinseled trees but of homespun worship and festivities. 

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