Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blackmore's Night: Ding Dong Merrily On High

Traditional Tuesday’s fare today is a Christmas carol that has its roots in a 16th century French dance tune “Le Branle de l'Official.” In the early 20th century, George Ratcliffe Woodward added lyrics to the tune to become “Ding Dong Merrily on High.” The new carol was first published in 1924.

The version heard here is by Blackmore’s Night from their 2006 “Winter Carol” CD. The guitar is by former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore with his wife Candace Night providing the vocal performances. Very nice indeed.

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