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Gower Wassail


Gower Wassail

Laurel says

Phil Tanner singing it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS-OLMXqV6A

Mary’s notes

See also:-

Shirley Collins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vexf77HIIbw

Steeleye Span version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vwwEmQmSWs

For lyrics see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gower_Wassail

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.

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