Top Folk Christmas Songs

By Kath Hartley


Folk music and Christmas music go hand in hand. From traditional carols and songs to brand new interpretations every year, Folk captures the essence of this festive time of year. So much so that we've asked both academics and students from our brand new Folk degree to rank their very favourite Folky Christmas tunes, enjoy!

Pete Flood (Senior Lecturer)

Waterson:Carthy - On Christmas Day it Happened So 

John Fahey - Silent Night

Sufjan - Lo! How a Rose Ever Blooming

Terry Allen - Xmas on the Isthmus

Steve Earle - Christmas in Washington

Sam Bond - Where Does Father Christmas Go To?

Joseph Vila I Casanas - Fum Fum Fum

Emily Portman - Hinge of the Year

Keith Christmas - The Forest and the Shore (is this allowed?)

Iona Lane (Student)

Joni Mitchell - River

Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas

Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold

Kate Bush - Home For Christmas: 

Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter

Larkin Poe - Mele Kalikimaka

Madeline Morris (Student)

Anais Mitchell - Song of the Magi

Joni Mitchell - River

Ani Difranco - Welcome to:

Find out more about our BA (Hons) Music (Folk) degree at Leeds College of Music

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