Track Premiere – O Holy Night from Kristin Scott Benson

Here’s another lovely Christmas single you can include in your holiday music rotation, an instrumental version of O Holy Night from Kristin Scott Benson.

Music is the family business for Kristin, who plays banjo with The Grascals. Her husband, Wayne Benson, is also a touring musician, on mandolin with IIIrd Tyme Out. So when she decided to create a single for release during this season, she knew right where to go for some accompaniment.

Benson tells us that she has had a special fondness all her life for this French carol, composed more than 150 years ago. It’s often thought of as a challenging song for vocalists, but may not be the first one you think of when it comes to the five string banjo.

“I’ve loved this song since I was a kid. A guy at our church would sing it at every Christmas Eve service, and it has always put me in the mindset of worship. I originally wanted to do this as a solo banjo piece, but loved all the choir arrangements people have created, so Wayne added mandolin and mandola parts to have a similar effect.”

O Holy Night is available wherever you stream or download music online, and to radio programmers via AirPlay Direct.

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John Lawless

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.