Ancient Ayres & Carols for Christmas

Terry and Ardyth enjoy singing pagan and Christmas carols from around the world and have arranged and recorded twelve of their favorite mostly European carols for this CD. A lot of these carols have pre-Christian roots and celebrate both the Winter Solstice and Christmas. “Green Grow’th the Holly”, written by King Henry VIII of England celebrates the changing seasons. "The Cherry Tree Carol" is Appalachian at its soulful best.

 Reviews from people who have bought this CD:  

I'm listening to your CD here in the shop, I got it from you last year at one of your shows.  I LOVE IT!   ...and I'd really love to offer it for sale here in my store.  I love the mix of music on it, totally captures the diversity of the season!!  THANKS!  Lillian, The Local Source, 133 & 1/2 W. German Street, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, 304-876-1380 

I listened to every Christmas song.  What a refreshing change from what comes out of the ceiling at malls!  The Cherry Tree Carol brought tears to my eyes.  And the histories of the songs were really interesting. I realized that I’d been listening to some of these songs for years but noticing only now what the words meant.  Lex Larson

Ancient Ayres & Carols for Christmas is one of my all-time favorite Christmas CDs,right up there with Bing's. Bing Crosby, that is! Cheryl Mansley

 What a wonderful change! Really neat ancient carols, without the same old repeats found on most other Christmas albums. Great harmonies; beautiful blending of voice and instrument. Just set the CD player on "repeat" and let 'er rip.  John Burns

Here it is, weeks after Christmas, and I'm still playing this CD and humming or singing along with it. It's somehow both soothing and invigorating, with a Celtic feel. My absolute favorite songs are "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Green Grow'th the Holly," but unlike most of the CDs I have, I enjoy every single song.  Anne Eden 

I've listened to this album many times. it's great! totally unlike the typical Christmas album of standards we've all heard countless times. wonderful harmonies, lovely carols.  bernard demartini

Ancient Ayres & Carols for Christmas by Terry Tucker and Ardyth Gilbertson provides the listener with a moment of peace, beauty, and joy in the midst of a chaotic world.  Betty Jo Rockwell 

cool old carols!  I was pleasantly charmed on my way to work this Christmas season by the yuletide songs of Terry Tucker and her companion. There are some traditional carols but mostly old English Christmas melodies. Recommended to put some definite cheer into the holiday season!  Hyder "Ray" Raza

I found myself literally just listening to this one CD over and over again throughout the season. It's sweet; it's simple; has a way of just easing the spirit. I especially loved the Hodie.  Charlotte Baker-Shenk