December 15, 2013 | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Becker, Knapp bring holiday cheer

 

Jennifer Knapp greets fans after the show. (Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

Jennifer Knapp greets fans after the show. (Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

Gospel singers Margaret Becker and Jennifer Knapp brought their Christmas show (unofficially dubbed the “hymns and hits” tour according to Knapp’s social media posts) to Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Va., last Wednesday night.

The two are touring for the second year behind their “Hymns of Christmas” duet album. They played the Birchmere last December. Last week’s show found the two singers trading out a few of the non-seasonal selections to good effect. Becker’s “Grace” (the title cut of her 1995 album) was an especially nice surprise. Knapp came out as a lesbian several years ago. Both were battling colds at last year’s show, but sounded perfect this time.

Set list:

1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
3. Angels We Have Heard on High
4. I Don’t Know How (MB)
5. Sing Mary Sing (JK)
6. O Holy Night
7. Lo How a Rose
8. Coventry Carol
9. When Nothing Satisfies (JK)
10. Silent Night
11. What Child is This
12. The First Noel
13. All I Want This Christmas (MB)
14. Go Tell It
ENCORE
15. Grace (MB)
16. Dive In (JK)
17. Clay and Water (MB)
18. Martyrs and Thieves (JK)
19. Fall Down (JK)

 

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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