Holly Jolly Christmas from Cup O’Joe

Cup O’Joe, consisting of Northern Ireland’s Agnew family, plus in-law David Benedict, have released a socially-distanced video of one of the most popular secular Christmas songs of the 20th century. It’s Holly Jolly Christmas, which appeared in the 1964 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer television special, sung by Burl Ives.

The song is led here by the eldest Agnew sibling, Benjamin, with support from his brother Reuben on guitar, and sister Tabitha on banjo and jingle bells, while Benedict adds his mandolin. Tabitha and David, now married, live part of the year in the US and part in Ireland. Since they are in South Carolina for Christmas, they had to complete this video transcontinentally.

The Joes offer a swinging version of this Johnny Marks number, with more than a touch of gypsy jazz.

Remember that by following this link, you can see all the bluegrass Christmas music we have highlighted this year.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.