Here We Go Again
Handsworth and Handsworth Wood
And Birmingham
Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
Gold Dust - Live at the Royalty
Charles Dickens 1812-1870
Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) 1951
London Odds and Ends
Plain Capers
Fire and Sleet and Candlelight
Fi Fraser and Jo Freya
Eclection Words
Rhythm & Blues
The Dog and Dustbin
Hark! The Villages
The Battle Of The Field
The Albion Country Bands
Old Sir Simon The King
Pace Egging
Umps and Dumps
Gorse Hall
Arborfield, Berkshire
Tall Ships
Norman Thelwell
A Garland of Carols
Harvest Home
Triple Echo
Rubber Folk
In Town Tonight
Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill
Between The Severn and The Wye
A Country Christmas
Al Bowlly's In Heaven
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
Canon Alberic's Scrap-book.
Lost Hearts
The Mezzotint
The Ash-tree
Number 13
Count Magnus
'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'
The Treasure of Abbot Thomas
Appearances Of A Different Sort
Robin Hood

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"As soon as the Morning of the Nativity appears, it is customary among the common people to sing a Christmas-Carol".
- Henry Bourne, The Antiquities of the Common People. (1725)

Regional and historical carols and
songs from midwinter traditions

Carol singers in 1920

With bands of carollers and wassail songs, tales of Mowbray Pies and ghosts - and hospitable customs like Mumping and Clementing, the Winter season in the English countryside was a time of fireside celebration and travellers’ voices at the door. Now, you can't say better than that now, can you? This album is the inspiration for this page, and while the album is the central piece, and, of course the participants on the album, we will, as usual, provide you with an example or two of  carols and songs, and provide you with the usual links, in their usual places, to other websites that are relevant to the topic at hand.

Drawing on first-hand accounts of old customs, traditional stories and carols from the small towns and villages in the English counties, Fire and Sleet and Candlelight brings these once common experiences back to life. The incomparable accapella harmonies of Coop Boyes & Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes featured on an album of music from the production were an outstanding success with audiences on Classic FM , BBC Radio 2 and 3 and led to a sell-out tour in England and The Netherlands.

Coope Boyes & Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya
and Georgina Boyes

a review of the album from the BBC had this to say:

"The powerful, utterly distinctive harmonies of Coope Boyes and Simpson with the additional vocal tones of the Fraser Sisters and Georgina Boyes produce a dense, resonant sonority ... Here are songs from Albion's past to be enjoyed at any season but since it's that time of year ... light the candles, sit close by the fire and wallow in the aural gorgeousness of Coope, Boyes, Simpson, Fraser, Freya and Boyes." BBC Radio 2 website

Fire and Sleet and Candlelight [click for larger]
No Masters NMCD21 2004

Hark, Hark What News (Good News)
While Shepherds Watched their
Flocks by Night 
(Sweet Chiming Bells)
Drive the Cold Winter Away
Gloucestershire Wassail
Personent Hodie
I Saw Three Ships
King Pharim
Hail Smiling Morn
The Cherry Tree Carol
Peace o’er the World
(The Bradda’ Anthem)
Shepherds Rejoice
Down in Yon Forest

a small village, three miles from Lichfield
in Staffordshire.and it's from
the website we got the absolutely
delightful picture of the
carol singers from
there are other really great
 photographs as well, illustrating
the life of the village down the years.
and in the photograph:
Carol singers - ca 1920.
 Adolphus John (Jack) Pass
shown on left; his daughter,
Margaret, in front of him.

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