House of Cats Ernesto — website with history from ‘catman of Aleppo’ to current operations

Screen grab from https://ernestosanctuary.org/ Now Ernestos sanctuary is full of life and we have over 200 cats in residence, and others that call in for meals. We now also have 4 monkeys, a horse, doves, rabbits and dogs. The group members also donated money to buy a plot of land near the sanctuary and another … Continue reading House of Cats Ernesto — website with history from ‘catman of Aleppo’ to current operations

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Two very different tunes from County Wexford

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxDZjg_Igoc Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss [and Natalie MacMaster] - The Wexford Carol (Video) At Saturday's Christmas party at Clayville Historic Site, we noodled around with the "Wexford Carol," a haunting Irish song that retells the Nativity story in the gospel of St. Luke. We didn't get very far, and I promised to see if I … Continue reading Two very different tunes from County Wexford

‘Rudolph’ — a red-nosed pub carol (w/ hat tip to Yorkshire and a New England tunesmith)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvFeGvyIbRc Jon Boden, "Rudolph ...": A Folk Song a Day, December 2014 What happens when an English folk singer (born in Chicago!) arranges "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in the style of a Yorkshire pub carol to the tune of an early New England anthem? Sacred Harp singers will recognize it as NORTHFIELD ("How long, dear … Continue reading ‘Rudolph’ — a red-nosed pub carol (w/ hat tip to Yorkshire and a New England tunesmith)

Sweet Chiming Bells (“While shepherds watched their flocks by night”): Yorkshire pub carol

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynv3wfE8z3Q Yorkshire carol Sweet Bells (Kate Rusby): From BBC programme Songs of Praise (Carols from Yorkshire, Sunday 5 December 2010), presented by Aled Jones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5MaO7gHnBU Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells in the Masons Arms David Burbidge Published on Dec 13, 2011 Paul, Barbara, Will and Chris from the Keighley Road Jolly … Continue reading Sweet Chiming Bells (“While shepherds watched their flocks by night”): Yorkshire pub carol

Jesu Thou Joy of Man’s Desiring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzV9RCqvbrk Nina Zanetti performs Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring KMW 2014 Two videos posted to Hogfiddle for future reference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0EmP1k9IkM Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring on hammered dulcimer by Timothy Seaman http://www.timothyseaman.com A solo instrumental adaptation of J.S. Bach's masterpiece from Cantata #147 'Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life.' An audio version similar to … Continue reading Jesu Thou Joy of Man’s Desiring

1943 article on Norwegian immigrants, [p]salmodikon, St. Olaf choir

Paul Maurice Glasoe, "A Singing Church" NAHA Online [Norwegian-American Historical Association] 13 (1943) https://www.naha.stolaf.edu/pubs/nas/volume13/vol13_5.htm. Very filiopietistic, but good information on psalmodikon, teaching of congregational singing, F. Melius Christiansen at St. Olaf ... Excerpts: The Norwegian penchant for singing dates from the distant past. An authority says that the best folk ballads come down from the … Continue reading 1943 article on Norwegian immigrants, [p]salmodikon, St. Olaf choir

A Swedish prairie pastor and the psalmodikon in America

Demonstrating a replica of L.P. Esbj√∂rn's psalmodikon in Jenny Lind Chapel, Andover, Illinois. (The original is visible on top of cabinet at right of photo.) In America, the psalmodikon was brought over by immigrants from Sweden and Norway in the mid-1800s. It was used widely in the early days of mass immigration, but its popularity … Continue reading A Swedish prairie pastor and the psalmodikon in America