The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs In & Out Of The Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook
Smithsonian/Folkways, October 15, 2013
Elizabeth Mitchell is a family favorite; my children have grown up with her music. This is a Christmas album, so you may want to search elsewhere if a more general holiday sound appeals to you. Many famous names contribute to this album including Natalie Merchant and Dan Zanes. The music is fairly subdued other than a title or two but Elizabeth Mitchell makes the music a perfect soundtrack to a family Christmas gathering.
From the studio:
The Sounding Joy is a spirited collection of folk carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and a luminary list of her musical family, friends, and neighbors, this album celebrates the spirit of community and homespun traditions that existed in times before the commercialization of Christmas. Natalie Merchant, Aoife O’Donovan, John Sebastian, Dan Zanes, Happy Traum, and many others including special guest Peggy Seeger all add their voices to pay tribute to a collection revered in the canon of American music.