is He within?

by Katie + Karen

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Hello! Thanks for listening!

This is a compilation of traditional, perhaps lesser-known Christmas carols and original music (mostly in the form of original fiddle tunes).

The album itself follows the Christmas story, particularly from Mary's perspective, and considers the question of who Jesus is.

The first song on the album, "magnificat," is an instrumental composition we wrote as a meditation on Mary's experience with the angel through to her visit to Elizabeth. The second track, "the cherry tree," is an old carol of which many versions are preserved. We compiled a few versions we liked, and were especially influenced by those preserved in the Newfoundland folk tradition. The album culminates with the final track "how far," an arrangement of the carol "How Far Is It To Bethlehem." This was found in an old Salvation Army church carol book, and is the track from which the album gets its name.

We recorded most of the album at Raincity in Vancouver with the wonderful Andy Schichter, and it was mastered by Steve Corroa.

We hope you enjoy, and would love to hear from you! Please consider supporting us by downloading the album; the process of recording and mastering professionally is an investment, and any support goes towards helping to cover the costs of this project and opens the possibility of doing more in the future.

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!


released December 11, 2016

Katie Green: Vocals, Violin, Guitar, Ukulele
Karen Hefford: Vocals, Piano, Accordion, Ukulele
Jono Sawyer: Percussion
Andy Schichter: Recording and Mixing
Steve Corroa: Mastering Engineer



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Katie Green and Karen Hefford Vancouver, British Columbia

Katie Green and Karen Hefford are two musicians from Vancouver who combine classical and folk music influences. Their close-knit harmonies and varied instrumentation bring a fresh interpretation to traditional songs. ... more

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Track Name: the cherry tree
When Joseph was an old man
an old man was he
He married Virgin Mary
The Queen of Galilee
Track Name: how far?
How far is it to Bethlehem?
Not very far.
Shall we find the stable room
Lit by a star?

Can we see the little Child?
Is He within?
If we lift the wooden latch
May we go in?