Archive Hour on BBC Radio Four

Folk song collector Alan Lomax loved the traditional songs and carols of Christmas, and sought out music from around the world that summed up the spirit of the season. British folk musician Martin Carthy introduces a vintage radio programme that Lomax made in 1957 for the BBC, as well as other music he collected on the theme of Christmas.

Lomax brought together artists like Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Seamus Ennis in a celebration of Christmas from different parts of the country and further afield. Irish jigs, Christmas calypsos and Italian carols are performed alongside the traditional music of Britain, and the programme includes an interview with Lomax’s daughter, Anna Lomax Wood, who talks about her father’s work. Produced by Paul Kent.

Originally posted: December 24, 2005