Brown Velvet Waltz

One of Laurel’s own compositions, taught by her at a recent Monday evening in West London:

Brown Velvet Waltz ArrAE

Spot’s Tail

The tune that Laurel taught on a recent Monday evening to her West Ealing folk group:

Spot's Tail


Laurel teaching her Monday evening group in West Ealing:


Retreat to Lincolnshire in April

Fancy a weekend away with like-minded people who just want to play better, play together and enjoy new tunes and enjoy playing with the tunes? Then join Laurel’s latest total immersion retreat in an ancient, scenic YHA in Thurlby this April.

Maggie in the Wood

As taught by Laurel to her long-running Monday class in West Ealing, London, Uk at the start of term in January 2016.

Maggie In The Wood.jpg

Gower Wassail


Gower Wassail

Laurel says

Phil Tanner singing it here:

Mary’s notes

See also:-

Shirley Collins:

Steeleye Span version:

For lyrics see

The tradition of wassailing falls into two distinct categories: The house-visiting wassail and the orchard-visiting wassail.
The house-visiting wassail, caroling by another name, is the practice of people going door-to-door singing Christmas carols.
The orchard-visiting wassail refers to the ancient custom of visiting orchards in cider-producing regions of England, reciting incantations and singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year

The Gower Wassail is a wassail song from Gower in Wales, UK. It was printed in A.L. Lloyd’s book Folk Song in England (1967), having been heard from Phil Tanner (16 February 1862 – 19 February 1950). Phil Tanner was an important traditional singer of Llangenithin the Gower Peninsula (South Wales). His songs were all in the English language, since the Gower of his youth wasstill culturally distinct from the rest of Wales, and his style of singing is compared to that of English singers.

Jig for Christmas

Jig for Christmas


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 89 other followers