Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas: The Wexford Carol


Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss perform The "Wexford Carol."

Alison Maria Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of 10 and recording for the first time at 14.

Yo-Yo Ma is a French-born Chinese-American cellist. He was born in Paris and spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of four and a half. 

The "Wexford Carol" is a traditional religious Irish Christmas carol originating from County Wexford and, specifically, Enniscorthy (whence its other name). It is said to be one of the oldest extant Christmas carols. The song achieved a renewed popularity due to the work of William Grattan Flood (1859-1928), who was organist and musical director at St. Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy. He transcribed the carol from a local singer and had it published in the Oxford Book of Carols, putting Enniscorthy into most carol books around the world.

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