Bethlehem Christmas

by The Bethlehem Village Band

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    Musicians living in and around the famous village have assembled seventeen Christmas songs from the British Isles and beyond in a new album called, appropriately, BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS.
    It’s a mixture of popular carols with some less well known Christmas traditions and specialties from Wales, including some of the old Plygain and Wassail songs.

    All the tracks are arranged for acoustic instruments and reclaim the songs for the traditional style.

    The CD comes in a high quality gatefold card format, photos by Jason Lawday and design by Ceri Owen-Jones.

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BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS unites old Yuletide traditions with Christian celebrations, filling the listener with joy, peace and goodwill.

The Bethlehem Village Band brings together an eclectic mix of musicians with origins as far afield as Canada and Estonia.
Jason Lawday from Bethlehem (flute, bagpipes)
Sille Ilves from Estonia (fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, archaic bowed lyre and vocals)
Martin Leamon from Gower (guitar, 1-row melodeon and bouzouki)
Ceri Owen- Jones from Canada (celtic harp, trombone, vocals)
Chris Reynolds from Swansea (vocals).

They have been playing together for a number of years for local events and Twmpath dances and the album developed after the band was booked to play for the celebrated Bethlehem Christmas Fair last year.

Extra inspiration was gained from the fact that many carols used to be danced to as well as sung.

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released November 16, 2011

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Jens Schroeder at Dreamworld Studios, Pembrokeshire.

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The Bethlehem Village Band UK

The Bethlehem Village Band brings together musicians who are passionate about playing for country dancing: Twmpth/Ceilidh/Fest Noz & European couple dancing. This group of friends have been playing together for a number of years and all live in and around the famous village of Bethlehem in South-Wales.
`our very own international folk group`- Cymdeithas Bethlehem Dyffryn Ceidrych Association
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