Joy of Angels
Featuring - Randy Folger, Colleen Liggett, Kathy Leigh Johnson,
Mitzie Collins, Jeff Harp, Joel Hume, Maura Slon,
The Sampler Chorus, The Eastman Bach Children's Chorus S-9528


Vocals and Instrumentals
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38 Songs - Total Time 71 Minutes

  • Hail, hail the beautiful morn
  • O see the lovely angels
  • Hear ye, hear ye
  • Sweetest music softly stealing
  • Come let us hail this blissful day
  • This is a pleasant Christmas Day MP3
  • Brethren and sisters let us sing
  • Tis the gift to be simple
  • In love and sweet union
  • When Christ was of a Virgin born
  • While once in Judah's lovely land
  • Blessed season of devotion
  • Glory unto God we'll sing
  • I hear the sweet sound of an angel song
  • We have found the promised Saviour
  • I hear a voice saying come up hither
  • Hail the memorable morn
  • The Prince of Peace is come
  • Since we are called to liberty
  • Low, low! In this pretty path I will go
  • O the blessed revelation
  • This is Jesus' birthday
  • Awake for the angels are gath'ring near
  • Brightly beameth the star of hope
  • To all the good children a happy New Year
  • I love to play and skip around
  • The Birthday of Jesus
  • O hearken listen to the sound MP3
  • Give me the treasure
  • O brighter than the morning star
  • Step Tune
  • Our blessed Saviour's humble birth
  • A New Year
  • Listen! while we join with angels
  • Low within this vale
  • Give good gifts one to another
  • With precious gifts you shall be blest
  • Fear not, for behold

Let the angelic strains of this remarkable recording fill your holidays with the refreshing inspiration of spirituals from the Shaker tradition. It is a rare occasion when so many new and compelling melodies for Christmas are introduced. Most of these songs have never been published before; they have been drawn directly from Shaker manuscripts. The singers include Randy Folger, who sings each summer for thousands of visitors to Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky; Kathy Leigh Johnson and Colleen Liggett, whose clear voices are also featured on the Shaker album, Love is Little; and the bright sounds of Rochester's Eastman Bach Children's Chorus, in their recording debut.

"A chest of unexpected treasures! The tunes and words, though seemingly simple, are full of cunningly subtle details. The talented poets and composers represented here include eleven women. The editorial essays in the printed anthology are models of their kind, providing clear and wise guidance to students and performers alike. The performances on the recording are lovingly skillful and delightfully varied and will repay repeated listenings." ~ Ralph P. Locke, Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester


Joy of Angels is the first, and at the moment, only, recording of Shaker Christmas music. It is a rare occasion, indeed, when so many new and compelling melodies for Christmas are introduced. Most of these songs have never been published before; we have drawn them directly from Shaker manuscripts. The 74-page, 8 1/2 by 11 inch, spiral-bound book includes historical information, an introductory essay on the Shakers' observance of Christmas, some important suggestions on how to perform these songs - and the music and text of each selection. The performers include Randy Folger, who sings each summer for thousands of visitors to Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky; KathyLeigh Johnson and Colleen Liggett, whose clear voices are also featured on our first Shaker album, Love is Little; and the bright sounds of Rochester's Eastman Bach Children's Chorus, in its recording debut.



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