The instrument used on this recording was built by one of the last homesteaders of the Ozark Mountains. Ed Stilley of Hogscald Hollar, cut down trees from his land, then nailed and glued them together. It's fitted with a saw blade pinned by coil springs, welding-rod frets, a couple of door springs and a steak bone nut & saddle sitting on two stacks of dimes. All told, the guitar weighs a good 30 lbs!
All this metal and spring inside the guitar creates a mysterious reverb that Ed describes as the voice of God. Ed has made over 150 instruments and given them all away to children in response to a 'calling'.
Kelly Mulhollan is best known as a multi-instrumentalist with the folk duo Still on the Hill. The arrangements are simple but charming and very fitting for this rustic instrument.
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1. Silent Night
2. Oh Christmas Tree
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
5. Carol of the Bells
6. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
7. Little Drummer Boy
9. Away In a Manger
10. Joy To the World
11. The First Noel
12. Angels We Have Heard on High
13. Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem
14. Deck the Halls