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8 December 2007

All over the Christian world on street corners, in homes and in churches, choirs are starting to sing carols – usually for free (I’ll be doing it myself on the 15th at Crouch End). So why is it so hard to find traditional christmas carols in the public domain? Most of the creative commons databases had just modern music, the public domain classical music archive I found didn’t have much and the Creative Commons Christmas Songs list on a blog didn’t have much in the way of traditional stuff sung traditionally, and had several broken links. Can anyone suggest a good source?


  1. It is NOT Public Domain BUT ’tis under Creative Commons and a most beloved Hollowday classic


    “The Little Bummer Boy”


    May you all have a delightful ‘Someone’s Been Embezzling Oil And Selling It On The Side’ Eightdays, a wonderful Solstice, the happiest possible Humbug and may your Hollowdays be filled with the most joyous of pleasures.

    Stay on groovin’ safari,

    Comment by Tor Hershman — 18 December 2007 @ 11:36 am

  2. The Choral Public Domain Library is the place to go for public domain carols (No, I have nothing to do with that site, promise).

    Comment by Mark — 22 December 2007 @ 7:19 pm

  3. oddly enough i have yet to run into carolers in the bay area…

    Comment by bapes — 24 December 2007 @ 1:33 am

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