Performing 'The Forgotten Carols'

The innkeeper and shepherds featured in Christmas show

Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2000

Singer Glenn Yarbrough has a new version of the first Christmas to share.

Yarbrough presents "The Forgotten Carols" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the JuneauDouglas High School auditorium. It's a Christmas story sung and narrated by Yarbrough in the character of John, a 2,000yearold man who was a witness to the Nativity. The stories of the three kings and Joseph and Mary are well-known, but John has the stories of the innkeeper and shepherds.

Yarbrough, 70, is an Irish-born tenor who sang with The Limeliters in the 1950s and 1960s. He had a hit in the 1960s with "Baby, The Rain Must Fall," and helped launch poet Rod McKuen's career by recording "The Lonely Things," an album of McKuen's songs. Yarbrough went on to edit and publish McKuen's first book of poetry, "Stanyon Street and Other Miseries."

Sybil Davis of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council said "The Forgotten Carols" is a Christmas performance, not a concert of Yarbrough's music.

"It's a quiet, reflective, thoughtful presentation, but real substantial," Davis said. "It's uplifting."

She said children 5 or 6 years old might be too young to appreciate the show, but suggested they could be brought in their pajamas. She hopes to serve hot chocolate in the lobby.

"The Forgotten Carols" was written by Michael McLean, a friend of Yarbrough. Yarbrough began touring the seasonal show in 1993. He sometimes travels with a band, but will perform the eight songs in "The Forgotten Carols" in Juneau with pre-recorded accompaniment.

Yarbrough lives in Southern California when not sailing on his 34foot boat, the Brass Dolphin. He has been an avid sailor since the early 1960s and has sailed in most of the world's oceans. Davis said he has been active in social causes throughout his career and founded a school for disadvantaged youths. He frequently donates the proceeds from performances to charitable causes.

Yarbrough's performance of the "The Forgotten Carols" in Juneau is a part of a statewide tour. Admission is $15, $12 for students and seniors, and $50 for a family pass. Tickets are available at Hearthside and Rainy Day bookstores.

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