Jim Watson - Christmas at the Cave
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Barker 1225 (2012) Jim's 26th annual Christmas at the Cave show now on CD!

Christmas Time's A-Coming, Making Plans, That Old Christmas Moon, On This Christmas Day, The Birthday of our King, Mary's Boy Child, Nothing But A Child, Old Toy Trains, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy, One of Everything You Got, Up On the Housetop, There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays/There's No Place Like Home on Christmas, Christmas in the Trenches, O Little Town of Bethlehem, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Away in a Manger, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  BONUS VIDEOS on the CD: We Three Kings, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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Liner Notes In 1986, in conversation iwth Meg Rose Sorrell (then owner of the Cave in Chapel Hill, NC) we decided that I should do a Christmas show.  Over the years the show has become a wonderful family and community event, especially during the set of sing-along carols with nieces, nephews, parents and now grandchildren joinging in.  I have many fond memories - three generations of my family and my wife's family, my dad leading a verse of We Three Kings, my mother drinking a beer at age 90 and taking in the whole scene.  Due to the persistence of Blair Pollock, in 2011 the 26th annual was recorded by Jerry Brown of the Rubber Room, and the result is 18 songs from all three sets plus two songs on video (filmed by Davis Stillson Associates) that can be viewed on the computer.
Review (Raleigh) News & Observer: "Each of the past 46 (webgal note: it's really 26) Decembers, Jim Watson has carried his acoustic guitar, songbooks and lyric sheet handouts to Chapel Hill’s Cave, and invited all to join in an evening of Yuletide cheer. Watson’s Christmas singalongs have helped make “the season to be merry” ever more so. Last year’s concert, recorded live by the Rubber Room’s Jerry Brown, is an early 18-track gift that will brighten days and nights leading to the arrival of Old St. Nick."
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Jim's Goodbye
to The Cave
Howdy howdy folks - A melancholy happy trails to the Cave, the bar in Chapel Hill that is closing after about 50 years in business.  A long, narrow room with a ceiling low enough that I could touch it without jumping, no official stage - just an area at the end where people played, and an atmosphere that you took with you, particularly in the years when the blue haze of cigarette smoke would be visible all the way to the back.  My wife and I would come home, go out on the screen porch and take our clothes off and leave them out there for the night.  When I started playing there in the mid '80's it was an all-acoustic music bar, and after leaving the Red Clay Ramblers I made my living there for several years, playing with the Next Zenith String Band (with Bill & Libby Hicks and Tom Holt), the Green Level Entertainers (with LeRoy Savage, Tony & Gary Williamson, and Jerry Brown), Duke LaCrosse and Pinky Wyoming, and doing solo shows.  Meg Rose Sorrell and Bo Porter were the owners then, and it was in conversation with Meg that the idea of me doing a Christmas show came up.  From 1986 through 2017 I've gone in there and led people in singing carols - there are people who've been coming for years now with grown children who come to that show.  I still think that my mother was the oldest person to ever drink beer at the Cave when she was last there at age 90.  I had a lot of great times in there and it's sad to think it's closing.  I'll long remember the sign that was posted behind the bar - SERVICE WITH A SNARL.  You've got 10 more days to get in there, drink a beer (or a mixed drink now) and toast Meg, Bo, Mr. Mouse, and Mark Conner and his partners who have kept the Cave going all these years.       Jim Watson (April 20, 2018)
Pictures from
Christmas shows
over the years
Jim's 20+ Annual Christmas Shows
24th Annual Cave Christmas
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