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Published: 2013/08/23

The Sounding Joy: Elizabeth Mitchell Does Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Songbook

Elizabeth Mitchell & Friends will release The Sounding Joy, an exploration of Christmas and solstice songs from the American folk tradition, on October 15. The tunes on the record are drawn almost exclusively from the songbook of revered composer and anthologist Ruth Crawford Seeger.

The album is Mitchell’s fifth for Smithsonian Folkways, and the singer-songwriter is joined by plenty of special guests for the effort, including her husband Daniel Littleton, her daughter Storey and Peggy Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Amy Helm, Aoife ODonovan, Larry Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Dan Zanes and John Sebastian, among others.

The Sounding Joy tracklist:

1. Oh, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb
2. Mary Had a Baby
3. Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (feat. Mike Merenda)
4. January, February (Last Month of the Year) (feat. Amy Helm and Marco Benevento)
5. Joseph and Mary (The Cherry Tree Carol) (feat. Natalie Merchant)
6. Shine Like a Star in the Morning (feat. Simi Stone)
7. Joy to the World (feat. Jay Ungar)
8. Christmas Day in the Morning (feat. Peggy Seeger)
9. Mother’s Child (Child of God) (feat. Peggy Seeger)
10. Sing-a-Lamb (feat. Dan Zanes and Suzan Lori-Parks)
11. Great Big Stars
12. Baby Born Today (feat. The Silver Hollers – Amy Helm, Ruthy Ungar and Chris Wood, with Larry Campbell)
13. Ain’t That a-Rockin’ All Night
14. Cradle Hymn
15. Bright Morning Stars Are Rising
16. Sing Hallelu (feat. Elizabeth Clark-Jerez)
17. The First Noel
18. The Blessings of Mary (feat. Larry Campbell)
19. Oh, Watch the Stars (feat. Aoife O’Donovan)
20. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
21. Mary Was the Queen of Galilee (feat. Gail Ann Dorsey and Joan Osborne)
22. Silent Night
23. Singing in the Land (feat. Natalie Merchant, Happy Traum, and John Sebastian)
24. Children, Go Where I Send Thee (feat. Natalie Merchant, Amy Helm, Ruthy Ungar, Gail Ann Dorsey, Dan Zanes, Aoife O’Donovan, Simi Stone)

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