We’ve still got a few more coverfolk seasonals on the backburner this year, thanks to the constant flow of new releases from Bandcamp, YouTube, and Soundcloud, and the occasional mailbag delight. And we’re also still spinning through a few 2014 releases, since our hearts were too heavy with grief to celebrate in true coverfolk spirit last year; the only Christmas Coverfolk we touted was a pair of holiday albums at the tail end of our Best of 2014 feature, and though both bear repeated listening – Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson’s haunting and beautiful EP The Longest Winter and Hark: Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony, a strings-and-voice project from some of our favorite Boston-based folk artists which has finally come to full fruition this year after a successful Kickstarter campaign, and is/was eminently worth the wait – the pair are far from a comprehensive look back.
Close readers may have also noticed a few tail-end 2014 and 2013 releases in our two recent posts to add to the pile, too, including multiple-album indiefolk holiday fare from Your Yellow Dress and Boom Forest – in both cases, merely the most recent in a growing series of annual releases, all of which are precious and worth pursuit.
But even without formal features from last Christmas in the pile, that still leaves us with seven years and 25 mixes worth of holiday and winter fare from Christmases past in our archives – and taken together, they comprise a set of holiday covers larger than our local radio station’s classics playlist. Enjoy the collection as the holiday approaches, and may the snows come soon enough to warm our hearts.
- New Artists, Old Songs: A Holiday in My Inbox (New takes on Joni Mitchell’s River; Joel Rakes does Xmas Classics)
- Holiday Coverfolk, 2009: New Christmas Covers from Joel Rakes, Sam Phillips, Tori Amos, A Fine Frenzy, and more!
- Holiday Coverfolk 2010, Vol. 1: Christmas, (Re)Covered (New and newly-found holiday songs from familiar faces)
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas: Holiday Coverfolk 2010, Vol. 3 (Songs of holiday longing and loneliness)
- Secular Seasonals and Nonedenominational Carols: Snow Songs, Sleighrides, and More Folk Covers for a Winter’s Night
- Christmas Coverfolk, 2012: New Tracks from Old Friends
[individual tracks no longer available; download the mix here]
- Holiday Cheer: New Christmas Cover Collections from Josienne Clark and Ben Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell, Andrew Greer and more!
- Single Song Sunday: Fairytale of New York (15 coverfolk versions of a surprisingly sentimental punk favorite)
- This Christmas: New Holiday Coverfolk from Kate Rusby, Stylusboy, Alathea, Aurora, Boom Forest & more!
- This Christmas, Vol. 2: Alternative Holiday Coverfolk from Leaf Pile, The Many, Tenterhook, Tides of Winter & more!
- This Christmas, Vol. 3: More New Holiday Coverfolk from Hymns and Carols to Secular Wintersongs and Seasonals
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