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New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) Dec 2015

Postby Brian007 » 12 Dec 2015 08:36

Hi All,

This challenge is all about Traditional Christmas Carols, so lets here your versions / arrangements of all those lovely Traditional Christmas Carols,
and if you want to play it in a different time signature arrangement etc, please feel free to do so but above all else lets enjoy it.

As usual here`s my version of "God rest ye merry Gentlemen" as you have probably never heard it before,


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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby kens » 12 Dec 2015 09:43

Nice one Brian. Here I am Away in a Manger. regards Ken

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby kens » 12 Dec 2015 11:45

Hi!
Just had to submit this one as recorded some time ago when I had just started using both feet on the pedal board. Since then have relapsed so must try and develop again. cheers Ken

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby Brian007 » 12 Dec 2015 12:40

Hi Ken,

To nice Christmas Carols you posted, I enjoyed listening to both of them.
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 12 Dec 2015 14:52

Hi Brian. Just got in from Durham traffic busy due to heavy snow. Enjoyed your performance with nice style and sounds. John

Hi Ken Always like Away in a manger. Not disappointed. Nice sounds, and it was a joy to listen to your second one. John
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 13 Dec 2015 11:14

Well we are off to a good start. An interesting one from Brian which I tried to sing along to - and failed. Some nice Sally Army type sounds from Kens and at one moment I thought I was back in Switzerland listening to alphorns.

I am much more traditional and offer you Angels From The Realms Of Glory played on a typical small church organ.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 13 Dec 2015 12:29

Hi Keith Totally different to what I was expecting nevertheless I enjoyed my listen, particularly the organ. John
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby kens » 13 Dec 2015 13:22

Thanks for kind comments. As you are all probably busy decorating up here is one to remind you. Deck the Halls With Holly regards Ken


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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 13 Dec 2015 14:36

Hi Ken. Got decorations up last week for grandchildren. We have got a covering of snow from yesterday. Enjoyed my listen particularly the trumpet. John
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby Brian007 » 13 Dec 2015 15:20

Hi Keith,

Like your version "Angels From The Realms Of Glory" good voicing and a nice steady rhythm all made for an enjoyable listen.
They reason you could not sing along to" God rest ye merry gentle men" as it was in a sort of Tijuana Brass arrangement :o

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Hi Ken,

Once again like you version of "Deck the Halls With Holly" some good choices for the voices you used made it come across as a full bodied sound.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 14 Dec 2015 09:34

Hi Ken, I enjoyed your robust version of Deck the Halls. Keep them coming as I suspect Brian is on a date with some bird or other!

This time I am giving you an orchestral version of Angels We Have Heard On High. Three soloists, a moaning choir and a cymbal break when I pressed the wrong button!

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 14 Dec 2015 10:03

"Christians Awake" and to make sure that everyone is this is played on a cathedral organ so open your lungs and join in and sing along.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 14 Dec 2015 10:23

"Gather Round The Christmas Tree" is a traditional carol which I suspect is of continental origin. As I imagine that this was sung outside around a living tree I have used accordions and brass as the principal instruments.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 14 Dec 2015 10:54

Want to blow away the cobwebs or go on a power trip? If so I can recommend nothing better that playing "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen" using the full works registrations.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 14 Dec 2015 12:45

Hi Keith. Well you have been busy. Quite a varied selection of arrangements, styles and sounds. Enjoyed my listen. Will try and do a post although have a busy week. Out tonight at keyboard, Golf Xmas dinner tomorrow, Santa Claus at Wynyard on Wednesday and at Esh on Thursday. Grandkids all day Friday. Need a lie down. See you John
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby Brian007 » 14 Dec 2015 13:47

Hi Keith,
I did enjoy your version of "Angels We Have Heard On High" very atmospheric well played and put together.

Another very good version of "Christians Awake" and the organ sounded very good also.

"Gather Round The Christmas Tree is not a Christmas carol I am familiar with but you managed a good rousing version.

Your version of "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen" is a much more traditional arrangement than mine, and alot more chords also
very well played and voiced enjoyed listening to it.


You do realize you have single handed held a Christmas Carol service :o more power to you too.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 14 Dec 2015 17:44

And there was me thinking that you were knocking about with Maria.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby Brian007 » 14 Dec 2015 18:56

Hi Keith

I should be so lucky, :idea:

But time will tell :D

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 15 Dec 2015 09:44

I hope that we are all beginning to feel as though Christmas is upon us. Perhaps this might help if you are not. Ding Dong Merrily On High with the bell ringers pulling their ropes like crazy.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 15 Dec 2015 09:52

Hi Keith. Liked my listen. Nice sounds. Tell them to have a rest. John
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby Brian007 » 15 Dec 2015 10:45

Hi Keith,

Very good, this is where I twin manual organ come into its own, good choice of voices and well played.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby kens » 15 Dec 2015 12:53

A smashing variety you have sent in here is my latest Hark the Herald Angels.
cheers Ken

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 15 Dec 2015 17:55

Good King Wenceslas is next in my book so here goes.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 15 Dec 2015 19:20

Hi Ken. A nice version of the tune. Enjoyed my listen. John

Hi Keith. A good listen. Hope you have enough time to play the rest of the book. John
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby Brian007 » 15 Dec 2015 20:21

Hi Ken,

Hark the Herald Angels was a good performance with good strong voicing and playing.

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Good King Wenceslas was another fine performance which I enjoyed listening to

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby kens » 16 Dec 2015 11:33

With apologies to Brian 007 for duplicating but here is my version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. regards Ken


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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 16 Dec 2015 13:32

Hi Ken. A good version of this one. Nice sounds. An easy listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 16 Dec 2015 14:05

A fine version of God Rest Ye.... from Kens.

I am sticking with the glorious sounds of the pipe organ for my next one. Not such a well known carol as many which might be because people do not understand the words. Hark How All The Welkin Rings is the carol and the Welkin is the celestial vault of heaven which is ringing to the sounds of praises to the New Born King.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 16 Dec 2015 14:46

Here We Come a Wassailing is a traditional English song. Wassailing was the admirable practice of going round the village and cadging drinks and mince pies in fair exchange for bringing jollity, music and Christmas greetings. As an outdoor activity it requires outdoor instrumentation - in my case accordions. Halfway through each verse it switches for 6/8/ to 4/4.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 16 Dec 2015 15:08

Hark The Herald Angels Sing. A flute lead for the first verse and then angels and even more angels join in.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby KRUG » 16 Dec 2015 17:44

One of my favourites - In The Bleak Mid-Winter.

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby Brian007 » 16 Dec 2015 19:06

Hi Ken,

Not to worry about duplicates it is always going to happen sometime,
anyway I liked your version very much, well played and voiced.

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Hi Keith,

Haven`t we been a busy fellow,

"Hark How All The Welkin Rings" a nice organ sound and well played, not heard it before.

"Here We Come a Wassailing" another carol I am not to familiar with, well played and voiced.

"Hark The Herald Angels Sing" one of my favorite carols, enjoyed your version.

"In The Bleak Mid-Winter" is another good carol, well played and voiced

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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby papadeedee » 16 Dec 2015 20:15

Hi All,
The posts are coming in thick and fast, all very good. I like the Wassailing one, I might have a go at that one later on.
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 16 Dec 2015 21:28

Hi Keith Listened to all your recent postings. All very different with some nice matching sounds. Enjoyed all of them John
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Re: New Challenge (Traditional Christmas Carols) 12 -22/12/1

Postby JohnT » 16 Dec 2015 21:39

Hi Everyone Thought I would join in on the act. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. The piano player at the start and finish is good not sure about the one in the middle. Hope you enjoy. John

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