A Parlor Guitar Christmas
Fossil Records 2212
Anon, Irish: Wexford Carol (2:56)
Joel Mabus, guitar
Parlor music, simply put, is music performed in the home for small gatherings – family and guests entertained by an acoustic musician in the front room. The “parlor music era” is the time before the invention of the microphone, when a soft instrument like the guitar was best suited for small rooms and attentive ears.