16 December: The Glad Singers: Ox And Donkey

Published December 16, 2019

The Glad Singers have featured in three previous Advent Calendars, and it's my pleasure to bring them back for this one as well. The song 'Ox And Donkey', as the liner notes of their 1965 Swing Bells! album reveal, was written by the group's arranger, Donald Walker, after hearing "some Caribbean natives sing a carol". He forgot the tune and the lyrics, only remembering the mood of the song, so decided to write a completely new carol based on that memory, "to bring the warmth of the Haititian rhythms to our northern Christmas".

I dedicate this post to the memory of my friend Brady Benton, who passed away a couple of months ago. He first introduced me to The Glad Singers' album - thank you, Brady!

Listen here.

Always happy to feature a track from The Glad Singers' Swing Bells! album.