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Wassail!

John Kirkpatrick et al: Wassail! (Fellside FECD125)

Wassail!
A Traditional Celebration of an English Midwinter
John Kirkpatrick et al.

Fellside Recordings FECD125 (CD, UK, 1998)

John Kirkpatrick et al: Wassail! (Fellside FECD125)

This CD is the culmination of a project instigated by Folkworks, the North of England Folk Music Development Agency, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. The “Wassail!” tour took place in November and December 1995, and again, with minor modifications, in December 1997. The programme was researched and prepared by John Kirkpatrick.

Recorded by Paul Adams;
Produced by Paul Adams and John Kirkpatrick;
Holly design by Claire Birks;
Booklet design and artwork by Mary Blood

Musicians

John Kirkpatrick, button accordion, concertina, vocals;
Rosie Cross, hammered dulcimer, bassoon, vocals;
Georgina Le Faux, fiddle, viola, mandolin, guitar, vocals;
Jane Threlfall, mandolin, mandola, vocals;
Carl Hogsden, mandolin, guitar, vocals;
Michael Gregory, percussion, drums;
Linda Adams, vocals [17]

All play “sundry items of ironmongery and hardware” on tracks 1 and 5.

Tracks

  1. Wassail Song (Roud 209) (3.07)
  2. Hunting the Wren (Roud 236) (4.03)
  3. Poor Old Horse (Roud 513) (3.24)
  4. Sword Dance Song and Tunes: Napoleon's March / Bobby Shafto / T' Auld Wife of Coverdill / The Wonder Hornpipe (Roud 610) (11.28)
  5. The Rattling Cannister Man (3.12)
  6. Stir the Fire (3.47)
  7. The Derby Tup (Roud 126; G/D 3:645) (3.07)
  8. Carol Tunes: The Nantgarw Flower Dance / Branle De L'Official / Tempus Ad Est Floridum (3.20)
  9. The Holly and the Ivy (Roud 514) (2.30)
  10. The Cherry Tree Carol (Roud 453; Child 54; G/D 2:327) (3.38)
  11. On Christmas Day (Roud 1078) (1.22)
  12. King Herod and the Cock (Roud 306; Child 55) (2.53)
  13. The Apple Tree Man / The Apple Tree Wassail (Roud 209) (5.14)
  14. Children's Rhymes: Christmas Is Coming (Roud 12817) / Little Jack Horner (Roud 19478) / Open the Door (Roud 230) / Jingle Bells (2.24)
  15. Here We Come A-Wassailing (Roud 209) (3.10)
  16. The Twelve Days of Christmas (Roud 68; G/D 3:637) (3.53)
  17. Chariots (6.18)

All tracks trad. except
Tracks 5-6, 17 John Kirkpatrick