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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen is a traditional English carol that goes back a few, if not many centuries. It has a modal melody (Aeolian) that lends itself very well to a bluesy-ragtime interpretation. This version is another of many that I have to give credit to John Fahey for taking it in this direction. It is played with a steady alternating bass (Travis style), although we take the bass notes off the beats for some catchy syncopation as well.