John Langstaff (December 24, 1920 – December 13, 2005), was a concert baritone, and founder of Christmas Revels, as well as a respected musician and teacher.
Langstaff's lifelong project, the Christmas Revels, began in 1957 with a show in New York. In 1971, the longest running Revels, in Cambridge, MA, began. Throughout his adult life, Langstaff was a dedicated music teacher, author, and host of children's television programs, all incorporating traditional music. Langstaff's recording career was varied and long. In the 1950s, Langstaff continued with the founding of Revels Records, recording primarily children's and traditional music. On May 17, 2006, David Nath's documentary film To Drive the Dark Away, which chronicles Langstaff's life and work with the Christmas Revels, had its world premiere in Arlington, MA.
Read Jerry Epstein's CDSS News article about Jack Langstaff here: