“A Fiddling Christmas“,collected by Craig Duncan, from Mel Bay Publications, has 73 Christmas songs. These songs come from all over. “Angels We Have Heard on High” was a French carol first published in 1842. “Away in a Manger” has two tunes: the Kirkpatrick tune was first published in Cincinatti, Ohio. “The Cherry Tree Carol” has been sung in England since at least the 17th century. “Christmas Eve” is a fiddle tune from the Appalachians, heard beginning in the 1920’s. “Oh Christmas Tree” came from Germany. “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” hails from Poland. A lively fiddle tune called “Frost and Snow” comes from Ireland. The tunes are not long, only 2-4 lines each. There is a piano accompaniment book included with the fiddle book. A second violin part is provided for each tune, so violin duets are a possibility with this collection. If there is no pianist available, chords are provided above the staff. A guitarist can strum along, or a mandolin player. Some songs have few enough chords that an auto-harp player can play along. This book is great for get-togethers, Christmas party background music, or just plain fun.
A Fiddling Christmas, by Craig Duncan