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The Young Tradition is second only to the Watersons in the minds of most fans of '60s British folk vocal groups, and The Holly Bears the Crown is a fine collection of 11 traditional English Christmas carols recorded in 1969 with legendary British folk singer Shirley Collins and her sister Dolly. Because the group broke up, however, the album remained unreleased until 1995. The viols of Roddy and Adam Skeaping and Dolly's imaginative organ playing underpin the album's remarkably powerful and heartfelt performances. These expressive and thoughtful readings of tunes as beloved as "The Cherry Tree Carol," "Shepherds Arise," and "The Coventry Carol" make this a rarity — a Christmas album you'll want to play year round. The set also features a pair of dramatic readings and one seasonal original by Young Tradition leader Royston Wood., Rovi


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Young Tradition were practitioners of a decidedly old tradition when compared with the folk-rock groups of their period. Their self-titled debut album showed the trio to be dedicated scholars, taking the trouble to unearth the most authoritative and authentic versions of the songs in their repertory. Founded during the early-'60s British folk revival, the Young Tradition started out as an unaccompanied duo of Peter Bellamy, an art student from Norfolk, and Royston Wood, a former teacher, advertising...
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