Source: Entertainment Weekly
An excerpt from the article “Christmas Carols and Dreidel Songs”
Chanukah at Home Dan Crow, Marcia Berman, Uncle Ruthie Buell, J.P. Nightingale, Fred Sokolow
Like Olympic ice-skating, Chanukah music seems to consist of compulsory figures and then stuff that’s really fun. Hats off, then, to folksingers Dan Crow, Marcia Berman, Uncle Ruthie Buell, J.P. Nightingale, and Fred Sokolow. They have fun with the compulsories, first by rendering ”Chanukah, Oh Chanukah” in the klezmer style reminiscent of rollicking wedding bands, then by wreaking gentle havoc on ”The Dreydl Song” by making up funny extra verses (”I have a little dreydl, I made it out of mud. And when I tried to spin it, it fell down with a thud”). Their original material is even better: a sing-along synopsis of the Chanukah story, a sweet remembrance of childhood at the holiday table. With guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and Dobro, the performers create a joyful celebration of what is supposed to be a joyful celebration. Simply wonderful.