Music: Jane Lewis; Words: Jane Garven, Cath Norman, Mary Jane Elton, Tessa Haring, Roz Mackenzie, Diana Cairns, Franny and Peter Wraith, Jane Lewis, For 2021 When the mould of loneliness has blackened your walls and your bricks are crumbling with grief When your door is rubbed raw by absent friends, and you can’t see how […]
The word wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon toast Wæs þu hæl, meaning “be thou hale” — “be in good health”. There are two different types of wassail – the house-visiting wassail and the orchard-visiting or apple wassail. The house-visiting wassail, also known as caroling, is the practice of going door-to-door singing Christmas carols. Apple wassailing […]
Trad, arr. Jane Lewis Oh apple, apple tree, We have come to wassail thee Will you bear some fruit for me When the season changes?
The idea of setting Tallis Canon to names of apples grown in an orchard came from my friend Camilla Cancantata – a great community musician and prolific song writer living in Knighton. Apples have beautiful and evocative names and I enjoyed playing about with the varieties grown at The Donkeyfield Community Orchard in Portobello, Edinburgh, […]
Words: 19th century Sussex Music: Jane Lewis Stand fast root, Bear well top, Pray the God send us a howling good crop, Ev’ry twig apples big, Ev’ry bough, apples now This song works as a 5 part round – or you can sing it in fewer parts if you like! Tune: As a 5 part […]
Root and shoot and bud and berry Apple, pear and plum and cherry, Friends and neighbours let’s be merry Wassail round the branches bare, Oh wassail round the branches bare, Oh wassail round the branches Robin Redbreast fluffed and free, Perching on the feasting tree, May there be fruit for you and me Wassail etc […]
To your health, dear tree, To the depth of your root, To your health, dear tree, To the tip of your shoot, To your health dear friend, As I take your hand, May peace grow in these troubled days May we learn more loving ways May there be fruitfulness – wassail! All parts: Low: Drone: […]