For 20 years, Linda Russell has been creating holiday magic at churches and historic sites throughout the U.S. Her concerts of the music of Christmases Past delight and inspire audiences in search of the old-fashioned traditions. The strains of ancient carols are interwoven with Yuletide poems, folklore and recipes.
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Christmas in Wartime
This program explores songs & anecdotes of Christmas in time of war, from The Battle of Trenton, about the crossing of the Delaware on Christmas 1776 to the Civil War Christmas lament, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Longfellow. From the Silent Night sung at the Christmas Truce of 1914 to the homesick ballads of WWII, I'll be Home for Christmas & White Christmas. Soldiers have experienced the joy & nostalgia of the holiday in the midst of their darkest hours. With dulcimers, guitar & ukelele, Linda brings this past to life through their letters, carols and stories.
Concert offerings - solo or ensemble
Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas
Christmas was outlawed by the Puritans of New England in 1659. Yet, the Englishman, John Smith noted a very merry celebration held by the settlers of Jamestown. Christmas in Colonial times was kept – or not kept – according to one’s religious background and country of origin. This joyous and heartfelt presentation explores the traditions of the holiday in early America through English carols, American folk hymns, dance tunes, rounds and drinking songs. Quotes from diaries, poems, toasts and wassail recipes add spice to the musical brew!
A Victorian Christmas Musicale
This concert celebrates 19th century Christmas in America. We hear the stories behind the well-known carols and learn of carols by the great poets of the day, including Dickens, Thackery and Longfellow. A wonderful meeting of the old beloved carols and the fascinating less familiar ones - all to the strains of hammered and mountain dulcimers.