Bethlehem

by Storyhill

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Could It Be 02:27
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High Road 03:42
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Silent Night 05:19

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With the opening lyrics, “then a shoot will spring out from the branch of Jesse,” Bethlehem, the long-awaited Christmas album by Storyhill, arrives as if a resulting clause to in a year that is sorely in need of some hope and joy. This collection combines hopeful themes from the prophet Isaiah, traditional Christmas carols, and original material to both comfort the listener and compel positive engagement in the world. Storyhill’s signature plaintive harmonies lend themselves well to the traditional tunes like Lo, How a Rose is Blooming, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, turning old classics into folk-duo anthems. A trio of originals on the second half of the album, Could It Be, The New Colossus, and High Road remind listeners that the hoped-for gift of Christmas will result in their own change to bring about a better world. Whether you are sitting by the fire sipping cocoa as the snow falls or hard at work in a dull and dreary world, Bethlehem is this season’s soundtrack.

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released November 27, 2020

Branch of Jesse - From Isaiah 11, written by Storyhill

The Hills are Bare at Bethlehem - Text by Royce Sherf 1929-2017, melody: Prospect (Graham) Southern Harmony, arr. Storyhill

Seen a Light - From Isaiah 9, written by Storyhill

Lo, How a Rose Is Blooming - German, 15th c. English translation by Theodore Baker 1851-1934, arr. Storyhill

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Text translation by John Mason Neale 1861, melody Traditional French “Bone Jesu dulcis cunctis” 15th c. arr. Storyhill

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Text by Edmund Sears, melody written by Storyhill

Could It Be - Written by Storyhill

Cold December Flies Away - Traditional Catalonian carol, text by unknown and Storyhill, arr. Storyhill

The New Colossus - Text from “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus 1849-1887, melody written by Storyhill

High Road - Written by Storyhill

Silent Night - Text by Joseph Mohr, Music by Franz Xaver Gruber 1818, arr. Storyhill

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Storyhill Bozeman, montana

Storyhill is a folk duo that brings infectious melodies, smart story songs and heartbreaking harmonies together in one perfect package. Their beautiful music and passionate performances have won them much critical acclaim and devoted fans (“Hill Heads”) all over the country. ... more

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