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Home For Christmas

by Gerri Gribi

""...a clear, concise voice that echoes the purity of the early Joan Baez combined with the authority of the later...she gives a good name to music with a message."
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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1. Joy to the World
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2. Angels We Have Heard on High
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3. What Child is This?
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4. I Saw Three Ships
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5. Silver Bells
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6. King John's Christmas
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7. Jingle Bells
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8. Deck the Halls
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9. A'Soalin'
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10. Away in a Manger
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11. Share Your Gift
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12. Silent Night
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13. Still, Still, Still
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14. Lo, How a Rose
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15. Ave Maria (Schubert)
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16. The Gribi Sisters, 1964
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ABOUT THE MUSIC

One day my mama said to me, "I enjoy that women's lib stuff you do, but don'tcha think people would just like to hear you sing somethin' purdy?"

So, in honor of mama, I gathered some of my musician friends together and recorded all her favorite Christmas songs...real purdy, of course! I even got her to join me on the family favorite "Silent Night." And I included a (non-Christmas) song as performed by my sister Mary Beth and I back in 1964...my dad always had the old Wollensac reel-to-reel going!

ABOUT THE MUSICIAN

Gerri Gribi is a unique musician, historian and storyteller. Raised in the hills of Kentucky, she's toured North America for 20 years, performing at colleges, coffeehouses, theaters, festivals...even military bases and prisons.

Accompanying her clear soprano voice with autoharp, mountain dulcimer and guitar, she uses traditional and original songs to express a world view that's lively, fun, and (gasp!) thought provoking.

She's a frequent guest on TV and radio, and her original music has been heard in a variety of media outlets and projects, including ABC PrimeTime Live. She's released six recordings of traditional and contemporary folk music, and her latest CD, The Womansong Collection, has been enthusiastically reviewed both at home and abroad. Her infamous "Hunting Song" (aka "Animals Love Vegetarians") airs on alternative stations around the world each fall.

She has degrees in History, Education and African American Studies. Her many awards include the 2004 Johnson Subvention (Society for American Music.)


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Stavros Moschopoulos FAO CASA Gazette, Food and Agriculture Org

A cut above
Home for Christmas, is a traditional collection of warm renditions of
holiday tunes which is a cut above the plethora of offers available.

Warren Gerds - Green Bay Press Gazette

Transported this jaded listener
She transported this jaded listener back to childhood pleasures...there’s more to be found on each listening.

Richard Banks

Taken completely by surprise
I was quite taken by this record, as well as being taken completely by surprise. There was just something about it I couldn't quite put my finger on at first. Although I had never heard Gerri Gribi or her music, I felt completely at home with all of the songs and arrangements. It occurred to me that I seemed to hear, in her voice and in her arrangements, somebody who remembered Christmas much the same way I did. Her arrangements are traditional and straightforward, her voice strong and sure. I heard just a hint of Joan Baez at times. I believe what I am getting at here is a sense of nostalgia, remembering hearing these selections performed in a similar mode during my own central plains childhood in the 1960s. I've never met Gerri Gribi, but I feel I got to know her at least a little bit listening to her Christmas record.

What shines through for me in this record is the raw emotion of the holiday season. Families intact and making the best of their time together. People scraping together enough for Christmas gifts by denying themselves other pleasures throughout the year. A simpler, if not in all ways a better time.

Appropriately, Ms. Gribi is joined by her mother on Silent Night.

This is a very satisfying Christmas record.