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KATE RUSBY
‘Everybody loves and respects Kate Rusby, not just for her lovely voice, but for the way she has moved folk forward while remaining true to tradition…’
Sunday Times 2012
“ …. exquisite interpretations of traditional material from the pocket sized folk singer with the heartbreakingly tremulous voice and bawdy Yorkshire wit”
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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Pure Records
  • ASIN: B002S53LZG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Here We Come A-Wassailing 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sweet Bells 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Poor Old Horse 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hark The Herald 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Holly And The Ivy 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hark, Hark What News 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Candlemas Eve 5:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hail Chime On 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Serving Girl's Holiday 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Awake, Arise Good Christians 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Miner's Dream Of Home 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 

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England's finest and most popular female Folk singer, Kate Rusby, presents a very special collection of South Yorkshire Christmas carols in her own glorious style.

South Yorkshire has a very strong tradition of carol singing starting early November. Sunday lunchtimes see 100s of carolers cram into various pubs in the locality to join in the unashamedly joyous singing standing room only! At its heart, it represents an oral tradition, constantly evolving, passed down from generation to generation, with roots dating back over 200 years.

BBC Review

Was there ever a more appropriate voice for Christmas than Kate Rusby's? Soft as fresh fallen snow, pretty as a sparkling star and uplifting as a robin's song, as suited as it is to other seasons, her timbre naturally breathes with the magic of Yuletide.

It's something she proved back in 2002 when she provided the delicious Little Jack Frost for a BBC Christmas cartoon, so it's no surprise that half a decade on, Sweet Bells underlines the fact brilliantly.

The album couldn't be more aptly titled. It shines with sweet innocence and chimes with season's greetings, collecting up a selection of Christmas folk songs from around her beloved South Yorkshire and delivering them with all the happiness and love that Kate can muster.

Such things could become a little saccharine, but the honesty with which she embraces the tunes means she mostly avoids such bumps.

As a result, Here We Come A-Wassailing gleams with all the splendour of a new year, Candlemas Eve burns with a bittersweet edge, and Awake Arise Good Christians is suitably stirring, thanks in no small part to the joyful brass of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Of course, there are weaker moments - the odd versions of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks that sit inside both the title track and Hail Chime On or the downbeat take on The Holly And The Ivy for example - but it would be a hard heart that found offence in them.

Instead, the album should be taken as it was so obviously intended - as a sincere and well-meant Christmas gift from one of the purest folk voices we have. --Chris Long

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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Clive Lee on 8 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
May I begin by confirming that I am from Lancashire.

In much the same way as she has defied the Folk Police to make 'folk music' appeal to a wide audience without compromise, Kate Rusby's "Sweet Bells" will even beguile those who "don't do Christmas." I first enjoyed the songs on this thoroughly inspired seasonal collection during Rusby's "Christmas Kate" tour and have been eagerly awaiting their release on CD ever since.

Whilst I'll concede that I might receive concerned and sympathetic looks from others if discovered savouring the delights of "Hark The Herald", "Sweet Bells" and "Here We Come A-Wassailing" in mid-July, I don't care. I'll just draw the curtains, sit next to the fridge and turn up the volume to drown out the buzzing bees.

Such is the beauty of Rusby's voice and the originality of the instrumentation - provided by diehards Andy Cutting, Ian Carr and Andy Seward amongst others including two brass bands (from Yorkshire naturally!) - that the eleven songs on "Sweet Bells" will continue to delight long after the last Christmas tree has been dismantled and resolutions forgotten.

In fact, several songs have their roots very much in the winter but convey sentiments which aren't exclusively the preserve of the festive season. "Serving Girl's Holiday", hauntingly sung to the pure accompaniment of Andy Cutting's diatonic accordion is a good example. Likewise the exquisite "Miner's Dream Of Home" and the charming "Poor Old Horse".

Unusually, there are no entirely Rusby originals here. However, as always she makes each and every song her own; living and breathing every word, hitting each note perfectly as on "Candlemas Eve".

The Best Christmas Album ... Ever? Oh yes, by a Yorkshire mile. And the best version of "The Holly & The Ivy" you'll ever hear.

Breathtaking ... as always. Thanks Kate.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Short on 11 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
A new Kate Rusby Album is an event at the best of times, but in the dark days of December, something to warm you as you struggle through the snow...a collection of South Yorkshire Carols, that bring to CD the feel of sitting in the village pub as the carols ring out. What about a wonderful version of "The Holly and The Ivy" or "Hark the Herald" ? Or a couple of moving social conscience songs like "The Miner's Dream of Home" or "Serving Girl's Holiday" ? Or something to push you through to spring, like "Candlemas Eve" ? Personally I could listen to Kate singing the Cawthorne Phone Book, but the new album showcases her voice beautifully against the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and her folk staples. I for one will be listening well into the cold days of February..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stan on 3 Jan 2011
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This is the first album we've had from Kate Rusby. Played it at church during a service and it went down really well, a brilliant alternative to conventional carols. Looking forward to hearing some of her other albums.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dean, London on 15 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
I saw Kate Rusby perform most of the songs from this album last night at Blackheath Concert Halls in London. She seemed a bit nervous in the first half of the concert, as well she might given that she was, in effect, performing a new album in its entirety for the first time. She needn't have worried, as this record is just as adorable as all the others: Kate's beautiful soaring voice, gorgeous arrangements, genuine respect for the material, both old and new. Christmas albums can always be a little risky, as the themes can become repetitive after a while, and I can't honestly say that this album will replace classics like "Awkward Annie" and "Sleepless" in my affections. But as Christmas albums go, this is as good as it gets. Kate's lovely voice and music continue to cheer me through the dark days of the credit crisis, with its gloomy newspaper headlines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Johnston on 28 Dec 2009
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I've been repeatedly listening to this cd in the run up to Christmas this year. A short collection of well-worked and beautifully delivered festive folk songs, presenting fresh faces for a number of well-known carols, and adding others new to me. They all evoke essential Christmas sentiment and nostalgia, but steer refreshingly clear of the cliches which abound in festive music. Now let's see if I can wait until next Christmas before I pop this CD in and press the 'repeat' button......
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Becky Bee on 18 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
I first saw Kate performing her Yorkshire Christmas carols on tour last December, and it was the most uplifting evening I'd had in a long time. No matter whether you've had your decorations up since November, or are dreading the Christmas season with a dose of good "bah humbug", the beautiful joyful musicality of the album can't fail to leave you feeling cheerful and festive. The use of the brass band against Kate's inquisite voice really helps give a rich sound to the fantastic back drop of her familiar band. Its difficult to pick a favourite, but I love Candlemass Eve and I defy anyone not to be humming the title track well into the new year! This has got to be a "must have" Christmas album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Watt on 4 Jan 2010
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I bought this CD in the run-up to Christmas and what an absolute delight it is. In fact I found it so wonderful, that I actually managed to get to see Kate live on the 18th December singing songs from the album. I was sad to have to put it away now that Christmas is past, but know that it will reappear each December as a firm favourtie.
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