Free Holiday Music to Download

December 22, 2013 by  
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Free holiday musicFrom classic Christmas songs to new versions, country, pop, and jazz… here’s a Santa’s sack of festive free holiday music for your party playlist.

If you’re looking for a little holiday atmosphere while you work / cook / PARTAY! then here are some Christmas 2013 freebies to download for your listening pleasure.  Some of the holiday music may only be free for a limited time so download soon if you want them.

Previewing these festive tunes put me in the mood to wrap tinsel round my head, which always makes Mr Cheap nervous that I’ll start chasing him round the house with a sprig of mistletoe.

25 Days of Free Holiday Music Freebies include Carole King, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Twisted Sister, a Raffi song for children and more. The free MP3s from Amazon through Christmas are periodically updated with new additions.

Free Holiday Music from Country Stars including Kelly Clarkson (Run Run Rudolph), Trace Adkins (Silent Night), Jewel (Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!) and more, courtesy of People magazine and iTunes. You need iTunes to download, or get it free at the link. The holiday country music is available till January 15,  2014.

20 Holiday Favorites 2013 The Green Hill album offers 20 traditional favorites performed mainly as instrumentals by various artists. (From Amazon, as are the rest below.)

Green Hill Christmas Music Sampler by Beegie Adair and friends, with 12 easy-listening and jazzy tracks of holiday favorites – just the ticket for a mellow dinner party.

Free Must-Have Christmas Masterpieces with four tracks that are just what it says in the title, performed by the International Childrens’ Choir, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and other such luminaries. Individual tracks are 99 cents, but it’s free to get the whole MP3 album.

Christmas Anthem by Albuquerque locals Landon Smith & The Real Matt Jones.

Joy to the World by The Citizens is an amped-up version of the old classic. Great for a party!

Christmas Train by Carey Bell is really rocking! It’s great.

Do You Hear What I Hear by Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman, and Gary Burr). I’m not usually so keen on this song, but the gutsier country style of this version twangs my heartstrings.

Ave Maria a piano rendition of this beautiful song by Nicholas York

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – a nice upbeat version by Big Daddy Weave

Come Darkness, Come Light is a mellow piece from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Twelve Songs Of Christmas album.

O Holy Night/ Ave Maria/ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – a 9-minute-long Gaelic medley by Gaelic Irish Song Masters.

Auld Lang Syne/ O Come All Ye Faithful/ The First Noël – more than 8 minutes of these popular tunes in a medley by Gaelic Irish Song Masters.

Or get the full Celtic Christmas Meditation: Christmas Songs for a Relaxing Holiday album for free, by the Gaelic Irish Song Masters.

Greensleeves (What Child is This) The Old English folk tune is performed by Tony Elman.

The Nutcracker Suite Waltz Of The Flowers by Tchaikovsky – a magic and sparkly harp piece that’s perfect background for Santa’s little elves when they’re wrapping gifts.

Rock On by Blondie has nothing to do with Christmas, but I’m including it just because it’s cool. Typical Blondie style with a classic rock song.

Oh yes, did we mention that they’re all FREE?

If you still need to buy holiday music after all that, Amazon has tons of 69 cent holiday MP3s to download, and loads of Holiday MP3 Albums under $5.99 including The Muppet’s Green and Red Christmas ($1.99), Michael Bublé’s Christmas ($2.99), A Mary Christmas by Mary J. Blige ($3.99), plus Rod Stewart, Andy Williams, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and more music for adults and kids.

If you know of any Albuquerque or New Mexico bands with free downloads by iTunes or MP3 that we can import to our various music playing devices, please let me know.  I’d love to update the list with more locals!

And thanks to Mr Cheap for letting me chase him with mistletoe.

–Tania. Note: I’ve given my Amazon affiliate links to plug you straight to the free music.


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Free Holiday Music to Download

December 2, 2012 by  
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From classic Christmas songs to new versions, country, pop, jazz, choral… here’s a Santa’s sack of festive free music for your party playlist.

If you’re looking for a little holiday atmosphere while you work / cook / PARTAY! then here are some Christmas 2012 freebies to download for your listening pleasure.  Some may only be free for a limited time so download fast if you want them.

Previewing these tunes put me quite in the mood to wrap tinsel round my head, which always makes Mr Cheap nervous that I’ll start chasing him round the house with a sprig of mistletoe.

25 Days of Free Holiday Music Get 5 new free MP3s every 5 days from Amazon through Christmas. Freebies so far  include Blue Christmas by Cyndi Lauper, Wonderful Christmastime by The Shins, Carol of the Bells by Capital Kings, and more.

Free Holiday Music from Country Stars including Brad Paisley (Away in a Manger), Lady Antebellum (The First Noel), Katie Armiger (I Just Want to Be With You This Christmas) and more, courtesy of People magazine and iTunes. You need iTunes to download, or get it free at the link. The holiday country music is available till January 4,  2013.

Green Hill Christmas Music Sampler by Beegie Adair and friends, with 12 easy-listening and jazzy tracks of holiday favorites – just the ticket for a mellow dinner party. (From Amazon, as are the rest below.)

Christmas at Home free sampler of five tracks including The Twelve Days of Christmas, Deck the Halls, and Ave Maria. I don’t know why this is called a children’s sampler, it’s very classical Christmas music, beautifully performed by a professional chorus.

Free Must-Have Christmas Masterpieces with four tracks that are just what it says in the title, performed by the International Childrens’ Choir, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and other such luminaries. Individual tracks are 99 cents, but it’s free to get the whole MP3 album.

Christmas Anthem by Albuquerque locals Landon Smith & The Real Matt Jones.

Jingle Bells / Deck the Halls by Clay Crosse – a very lively version, you’ll get the turkey stuffed in no time listening to this one.

Jingle Bells goes smooooooth in lovely grown-up jazz version by Jen Carrozza and band.

O Holy Night by Rick Springfield – very stirring stuff.

Christmas Train by Carey Bell is really rocking! It’s great.

The First Noel by Lady Antebellum brings the spirit of Christmas right through my speakers.

Classic Christmas Singers with Bell Medley. Such an evocative song and if I had a dollar for every time I’d heard it in a movie or on TV, I’d be rich enough to pay for my own music.

God Rest You Merry Gentleman in a soft jazz guitar take by Dan Baraszu and Joseph Patrick Moore.

The Nutcracker Suite Waltz Of The Flowers by Tchaikovsky – a magic and sparkly harp piece that’s perfect background for Santa’s little elves when they’re wrapping gifts.

Winter Night by Little & Ashley, indie pop with a bit of a jingle, and a far cry from Annie Little’s performance in Mad Men.

Christmas Song by Mogwai, kind of a cool and hypnotic instrumental.

Ave Maria by On The Rocks, a beautiful and haunting choral rendition that sounds like you’re in a monastery or cathedral.

O Little Town Of Bethlehem by Nature’s Harmony. A sax version with birds tweeting in the background. I’m in two minds about this one, but it’s certainly different.

And if you’ve ALREADY had enough of Christmas, try Extreme Party Animals with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Nothing to do with the festive season, but always a dead cert winner for a party.

Oh yes, did we mention that they’re all FREE?

If you still need to buy holiday music after all that, Amazon has 100 Holiday MP3 Albums for $5 ranging from Rod Stewart, Harry Connick Jr, and Andy Williams, to A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Polar Express soundtrack, and a Disney holiday playlist.

If you know of any Albuquerque or New Mexico bands with free downloads by iTunes or MP3 that we can import to our various music playing devices, please let me know.  I’d love to update the list with more locals!

And thanks to Mr Cheap for letting me chase him with mistletoe.

–Tania. Note: I’ve given my Amazon affiliate links to plug you straight to the free music.

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Free Holiday Music to Download

December 7, 2011 by  
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From classic Christmas songs to new tunes, country, pop, jazz, Celtic… festive freebies for your party playlist.

If you’re looking for a little holiday atmosphere while you work / cook / PARTAY! then we’ve got some Christmas 2011 freebies to download for your listening pleasure.

Checking out these tracks got me quite in the mood to wrap tinsel round my head, which always makes
Mr Cheap nervous. Next thing I’ll be chasing him round the house with a sprig of mistletoe.

25 Days of Free Holiday Music Get a new MP3 every day from Amazon through Christmas. Freebies so far (and still available) include Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys with Peace on Earth, Bing Crosby with Adeste Fideles, a Mannheim Steamroller version of Greensleeves, Ave Maria by Celtic Woman, and more. Each one is only available for a limited time, so best to download it fast if there’s one you like.

Free Holiday Music from Country Stars including Randy Travis, Steel Magnolia, Skaggs Family, Phil Vassar and more, courtesy of People magazine and iTunes. Songs we all love include O Holy Night and All I Want for Christmas Is You. You need iTunes to download, or get it free at the link. The holiday Country music is available till December 31,  2011.

Chacra World Music Holiday Sampler Five tracks with a touch of Celtic soul, from the jigging it up to the lyrical. (From Amazon, as are the rest below.)

Christmas Anthem by Albuquerque locals Landon Smith & The Real Matt Jones.

Shelby Lynne sings Silent Night in a rather lovely way.

Handel’s Messiah 42, the Hallelujah Chorus.

Christmas Train by Carey Bell is really rocking! It’s great.

The Irish Tenors sing Hark The Herald Angels – very stirring stuff.

Neil Sedaka sings The First Noel. I like Neil Sedaka, which is not something you’re supposed to admit in public as it reveals a deep level of uncoolness. But if legwarmers can come back in fashion, Neil Sedaka can too (in my dreams).

Classic Christmas Singers with Bell Medley. Such an evocative song and if I had a dollar for every time I’d heard it in a movie or on TV, I’d be rich enough to pay for my own music.

God Rest You Merry Gentleman in a soft jazz guitar take by Dan Baraszu and Joseph Patrick Moore.

Silent Night goes smooooooth in a lovely sax jazz version by Harry Allen, Mark Shane and others.

Winter Night by Little & Ashley, indie pop with a bit of a jingle, and a far cry from Annie Little’s performance in Mad Men.

Wish You A Merry Christmas by The Korgis – best known for their hit Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime.

And if you’ve ALREADY had enough of Christmas, try these for a change of pace:

Native American Flute Lullabies: 18 tracks by various artists.

The New Sounds Of Latin Music sampler with 20 varied tracks by various artists.

Extreme Party Animals with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – a dead cert winner for a party. 

Joss Stone sings Somehow – just because it rocks.

Oh yes, did we mention that they’re all FREE?

If you still need to actually BUY holiday music after all that, Amazon has 100 Holiday MP3 Albums for $5. They also have a deal for a free $1 MP3 credit when you buy a CD, vinyl, music DVD, or tape cassette (tape???) through December 31, 2011.  In other words, a hard copy music item, not a download.

If you know of any Albuquerque or New Mexico bands with free downloads by iTunes or MP3 that we can import to our various music playing devices, please let me know.  I’d love to update the list with more locals!

And thanks to Mr Cheap for letting me chase him with mistletoe.

–Tania. Note: I’ve given my Amazon affiliate links. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

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Free Holiday Music to Download

December 2, 2010 by  
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From classic Christmas songs to new tunes, rock, country, Celtic… festive freebies for your party playlist.

If you’re looking for a little holiday atmosphere while you work / cook / PARTAY! then we’ve got some freebies for your listening pleasure.

I haven’t listed to every single one of the tracks on all these albums yet, but checking them out got me quite in the mood to wrap tinsel round my head. (Mr Cheap recognizes this as a sure danger sign. Next thing I’ll be chasing him round the house with a sprig of mistletoe.)

Free Holiday Music from Top Country Stars including Brad Paisley, Joe Nichols, Indigo Girls, Rascal Flatts and Steve Wariner, courtesy of People magazine and iTunes. Songs we all love include Deck the Halls, Little Drummer Boy and O Holy Night. You need iTunes to download, or get it free at the link. The holiday Country music is available till January 7, 2011.

The Christmas Gig Free MP3 13-track sampler album from Target features original holiday songs. Some of it is pretty snappy stuff, with artists including Guster, Blackalicious, Natalie Hemby, and the rather fabulous Little Isidore with an old-time, feel-good swing style. You can download all 13 tracks or hear them individually by scrolling down the page at the link to each performer.

25 Days of Free Holiday Songs Get a new MP3 each day from Amazon from now through Christmas. Each one is only available for a limited time, so best to download it fast if there’s one you like.

Music World Free Holiday Sampler Album with 7 tracks featuring artists including Destiny’s Child.
(Also from Amazon, as are the rest in this list.)

Christmas Anthem by Albuquerque locals Landon Smith & The Real Matt Jones.

Chacra World Music Holiday Sampler Five tracks with a touch of Celtic soul, from the jigging it up to the lyrical.

The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree A Veggie Tales free 16 track album for the kids, so hopefully there’ll be no squabbles over them eating their veggies at Christmas dinner. (Of course, just douse it all in chile and they won’t notice the difference.)

Sugo Music Free Holiday Sampler Five relaxing instrumentals for those more mellow moments over the holidays. (Huh? Hello? Are we on the same planet?)

And if you’ve REALLY had enough of Christmas already, try the Americana Music Awards Sampler for a change of pace, with 14 songs by artists including Steve Earle and John Hiatt.

Oh yes, did we mention that they’re all FREE?

If you know of any Albuquerque or New Mexico bands with free downloads by iTunes or MP3 that we can import to our various music playing devices, please let me know.  I’d love to update the list with more locals!

 Thanks to our frugal friends Jennifer at Atlanta on the Cheap and Evelyn at The Big Apple on the Cheap for a couple of these tips. And thanks to Mr Cheap for letting me chase him with mistletoe.

–Tania. Note: I’ve given you my affiliate links to plug you directly to the deals for Amazon. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link.

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FREE IRISH DANCE PERFORMANCES

February 26, 2009 by  
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If you’re into that Riverdance thing, this might be the event you’ve been waiting for. The 2009 New Mexico State Championships and Feis takes place Saturday, February 28, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Amateur dancers from children to adults will perform reels, jigs, hornpipes and other traditional Irish dances in a quest for the New Mexico state trophy. Also included are Celtic cultural competitions, in which contestants perform on a musical instrument, sing or recite poetry.

The event takes place at the Radisson Hotel, 2500 Carlisle NE. Admission is FREE to the public.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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