This Christmas 2022, and for the upcoming 2023, which is just around the corner, we wish to send all the readers of our blog our warmest wishes.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the people and organizations that believe in this project and help make it possible, especially those people who take on the complicated, and voluntary, responsibility to keep our Basque- and English-language versions up and running.  They are our main asset, and we could never thank them enough for their commitment.

The past couple of years have been hard, and it seems like the ones coming up aren’t going to be “good,” either.  Even so, we believe that we deserve a better world, with a better life for everyone, with more joy, more freedom, more democracy, and more social justice.

We trust that good people will be able to make some changes.

On that note, please accept our warmest wishes, knowing that we will continue on here for another year, despite the difficulties, and indeed setbacks, that we’ll have to deal with.

To accompany these wishes, we’d once again like (love) to present some very traditionally Basque topics in some interesting ways.

Basque Christmas Carols from Great Britain

First we have The King’s College Choir in Cambridge singing traditional Basque carols.  If you’d like to know why two traditional Basque carols are part of British musical tradition, we recommend you have a look at our entry from January of 2014.

The Infant King (Sing Lullaby) : Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

Gabriel’s Message : Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

They’re so popular in Great Britain that in 2014, The Telegraph listed ‘Gabriel’s Message’ at the top of their list of favorite carols.

An interpretation of Olentzero from 1952

In Tolosa in 1952, a version of Olentzero was sung in the morning of January 1st.  It was recorded by one of the Basques we owe so much to: Alan Lomax.  He recorded it as part of his compilation of sounds of the Basque People (find out more here).

Horra, horra gure Olentzaro (Tolosa, 1952)


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Last Updated on Dec 27, 2022 by About Basque Country

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