Jerry referred to playing music as a “public service.”
In this spirit, we celebrate music.
2018 “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”
We are pleased to announce the re-release of
Jerry Garcia and mandolinist great David “Dawg” Grisman’s instrumental rendition of
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The song, also known as “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” is an ancient Christmas carol, dating from the 15th century.
The recording originates from a concert performed on December 7, 1991, at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco. The Garcia/Grisman ensemble played this traditional English Christmas carol live on only three occasions.
The song will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Gracenote, iHeartRadio, MediaNet, VerveLife, Deezer, Napster, Tidal, Shazam and 7digital.
We’re honored to share this bright and simply beautiful live version of a traditional carol with music fans!
Additionally, the song is being presented with a new edition of a cheerful Garcia pen and ink holiday-themed drawing titled “Merry Christmas.” The piece can be found online in the Terrapin Gallery.
A portion of the art and music proceeds will be donated to charity.
The following musicians and audio engineers contributed to this lively rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”:
Jerry Garcia guitar
David Grisman mandolin
Jim Kerwin bass
Joe Craven percussion and fiddle
Mastered by Dave Dennison live mix and recording engineer
Executive Producer Keelin Garcia
Producer Manasha Garcia
Co-producer Craig Miller
Album Design and Topography Jay Daniels
Creative Consultants Ted Harrington, Douglas Gillespie, Terrapin Stationers
Special thanks to the Jerry Garcia Heirs, David Grisman, Craig Miller, The Fischer Brothers, Terrapin Stationers,
Jacqueline Sabec, Jonas Herbsman, and the Rights Workshop.
YouTube Videos are included for educational purposes.