Gower Wassail

by Sharon Knight

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Happy Winter Solstice me hearties! Our rendition of an old world classic, brought to you by our PATREON SUBSCRIBERS! (Thanks guys!)

The tradition of Wassail is Anglo-Saxon, and is meant as a blessing song, to the health of the householders to whom the song is sung. There is an expectation of reciprocity implicit in the tradition; in exchange for the blessing, the house holders will share food and drink with the peasant classes offering the song. Wassail songs exemplify the spirit of generosity and giving that I so love about the holiday season! May we all be blessed with abundance of all kinds, and share it freely with one another!

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A-wassail, a-wassail throughout all the town
Our cup it is white and our ale it is brown
Our wassail is made of the good ale and cake
Some nutmeg and ginger, the best we could bake

Fol dedol dol dedol Dol dedol dol de dol
Fol de de ro Fol de da ri
Sing too ra li o

Our wassail is made of the elderberry bough
And so my good neighbors we'll drink unto thou
Besides all on earth, you have apples in store
Pray let us come in for it's cold by the door

We hope that your apple trees prosper and bear
So that we may have cider when we call next year
And where you have one barrel we hope you'll have ten
So that we may have cider when we call again

There's a master and a mistress sitting down by the fire
While we poor wassail boys stand here in the mire
Come you pretty maid with your silver headed pin
Pray open the door and let us come in

It's we poor wassail boys so weary and cold
Please drop some small silver into our bowl
And if we survive for another new year
Perhaps we may call and see who does live here

We know by the moon that we are not too soon
And we know by the sky that we are not too high
And we know by the star that we are not too far
And we know by the ground that we are within sound

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released December 21, 2016
Sharon Knight: Vocals, harmony vocals, octave mandolin
Winter: Acoustic guitar, harmony vocals, percussion

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Festival favorites Sharon Knight and her longtime collaborator Winter perform a mythic-Celtic style, which they call "Neofolk Romantique; songs for poets, adventurers and lovers of mystery". They tour internationally several months of the year, bringing their fantastical tales of love and magic to festivals, cafes, and homes across the land. ... more

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