- Released: October 30, 2006
- Label: Topic Records
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1034 stars out of 5
-- "When they let fly on 'Residue' and 'While Shepherds Watched', the joy of their singing elevates the soul."
- 1.New Year Carol / Residue
- 2.Sugar Wassail
- 3.St. George
- 4.May Song
- 5.Christ Made a Trance
- 6.The Falling Tear
- 7.Cherry Tree Carol
- 8.Reaphook and Sickle
- 9.Jack Frost
- 10.While Shepherds Watched
- 11.On Christmas Day It Happened So
- 12.Time to Remember the Poor
- 13.Jacobstowe Wassail
- 14.Awake Awake
- 16.Jolly Old Hawk
Waterson:Carthy: Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Tim van Eyken.
Personnel: Martin Carthy (vocals, guitar); Eliza Carthy (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Tim van Eyken (vocals, melodeon); Norma Waterson (vocals, triangle); Lauren McCormick, Emily Portman, Jim Causley (vocals); Oliver Knight (cello); Tommy Allan (trumpet); Alice Kinloch (trombone, tuba); Martin Brinsford (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Martin Carthy.
Recording information: Panda Sound; Robin Hood's Bay; Woodman Studios, Elland.
Photographers: Tony Howard; John Haxby; David Angel ; Tom Howard.
Unknown Contributor Role: The Devil's Interval.
Arrangers: Norma Waterson; Eliza Carthy; Martin Carthy; Tim van Eyken.
The British folk group comprising the husband-and-wife duo Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, members of their family, and the fine vocal group the Devil's Interval, performs a selection of traditional and modern folk material encompassing May Day songs and Christmas and Passiontide carols. It's not all cozy good cheer, though--some of the older carols, like "Awake Awake" and "On Christmas Day It Happened," pack a realistic, if disconcerting punch that harks back to the festival's pagan roots.