‘Single Gloucester’ Project

The ‘Single Gloucester’ project is being led by Gwilym Davies and others, and aims to bring together as many local songs and tunes as possible into one, easily accessible place. This will include Christmas Songs. If you would like to know how you can help in the project, please get in touch via  http://www.glosfolk.btck.co.uk/SingleGloucesterresource

As a result of this new project which started this year (2013), this Christmas site will not be significantly updated at present.

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Planned for Christmas 2013

Thanks you to all who supported and used the site during the 2012 season. We are resting, but for the 2013 season we hope to add more carols and mumming information and hope to encourage the singing out of some of these traditional carols. Get in touch if you’d like to help or sing-out.

You may also have contributions:-  Do you have a traditional carol in your family?  Do you have cassettes of departed relatives talking about wassailing in their village?  Do you know the history of some of the singers? Mumming?  Etc. Why not drop us a line…  Contact

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Radio Gloucestershire Folk Carols

Sunday 23 December, at 1200-1300 (UK time) BBC Radio Gloucestershire (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire) will present a programme on Gloucestershire folk carols, on the Pete Wilson show.  If you can’t hear it at that time, there is a ‘Listen Again’ link on this page http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiogloucestershire/latest-programmes

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‘Listen to the Songs’ new page

New this week – a page where you can hear all the archive recordings – like a juke-box. Why not sing-along and then look in the song and singer pages for the history of your favourites.   One was recorded from a man who was born, married and had a family in Sheepscombe only to die in the Stroud Union in 1917. We hope this carol will be sung in the village again this year after probably 100 years absence. Is there a song from your area or village you’re learning to re-sing at Christmas? If so let us know.

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Diary 2012

If you are searching for Christmas events see the Christmas Diary page. We expect more events will be added, so if you are organising a Wassail, Mumming or Caroling event over the Christmas period, please let us know the details via our Contact Page

For a list of all folk events over Christmas, e.g. folks clubs, dances and concerts, visit GlosFolk

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Christmas 2012

After a few months off, we are starting to dust-off for 2012. We also hope some of these songs may be heard and sung and some mumming be played and mummed this Christmas. If you’d like to be involved, can contribute to site, would like to invite us to sing songs, etc. or have events to put in the diary please get in touch.

Added Sep-2012 Christ came to Christmas, plus wassails from Brockweir, Badminton, Hampton Fields, Shurdington, Uley and Tetbury, with words of the songs plus archive recordings. [Transcriptions to follow later]

A new book by local mummer Gerald Tween entitled ‘Step In’ is just published. It contains the scripts of 26 mummer’s plays from Gloucestershire, and considerable research from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (London) and the Bodleian Library (Oxford) and scripts from the many mumming groups active in the county today. 107 pages, published by Vale Publishing Services ISBN 978-0-9514743-8, printed by KM Reprographics of Gloucester and available from the author, Amazon, or bookshops price £10.95

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Developments

Thanks you to all who supported and used the site during the 2011 Christmas season. 

The posting below shows 64 traditional folk events that happened over the season – carol singing, wassailing and mumming.

Since the launch of the site in December 2011 its role has been growing as a source of information about our local traditions.

It is also set to grow further in readiness for the 2012 season, already we have plans to develop the site, there are new carols to add, lots of mumming information and possibly a carol competition – watch this space.

You may be able to help us.  Do you have a traditional carol in your family?  Perhaps there are some cassettes of departed relatives talking about wassailing in their village?  Or you may be a wizz on web-development?  Why not drop us a line…  Contact

 

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The Christmas 2011 Season

Thu 1st Dec 19.00 Sue Ryder21.00 Kings Arms, Prestbury Gloucestershire Morris Mummers
Sat 3rd Dec 11.00 & 12.00 Connect Christmas Fair, Bath Road, Cheltenham Winchcombe Mummers
Sun 4th Dec 12.00 Prince Albert, Rodborough Rodborough Carols
Tue 6th Dec 12.00 Gloucester Folk Museum www.gloschristmas.com launch
Tue 6th Dec 18.00 onwards Winchcombe Christmas Festival Winchcombe Mummers
Thu 8th Dec 19.00 Gloucester Folk Museum Gloucestershire Morris Mummers
Sat 10th Dec Lunchtime: Kings Sq, Gloucester15.00 Gloucester Folk Museum Lassington Oak Mummers
Sun 11th Dec 12.00 Gloucester Docks13.00 Star Inn Whiteshill Stroud Mummers
  12.00 Prince Albert, Rodborough Rodborough Carols
Tue 13th Dec 19.45 Royal William, Cranham Carols and Gloucestershire Morris Mummers
Wed 14th Dec 20.00 onwards Ledbury & Dymock Lassington Oak Mummers
Thu 15th Dec 21.30 Plaisterer’s Arms, Winchcombe Winchcombe Mummers
  19.30 Cheltenham Town Hall On a Winter’s Night. Johnny Coppin, Paul Burgess & Karen Tweed
Fri 16th Dec 19.20 Railway Tavern, Charfield20.15 Dinneywicks, Kingswood20.50 Royal Oak, Wotton-u-Edge

21.15 The Star Wotton –u-Edge

21.35 The Swan, Wotton-u-Edge

Waterley Bottom Mummers
Sat 17th Dec 19.30 Old Crown, Uley20.00 New Inn, Woodmancote20.30 Stagecoach, A38 Newport

21.00 Black Horse, North Nibley

21.35 New Inn, Waterley Bottom

Waterley Bottom Mummers
  19.30 Stroud Subscription Rooms On a Winter’s Night.  See 15th above.
  22.00 The Crown Minchinhampton Ragged and Old Mummers
Sun 18th Dec Midday onwards

  • ·         Bisley Post Office
  • ·         The Stirrup Cup
  • ·         The Bear
Bisley Mummers
  12.00  Pitchcombe Village Hall13.30 Falcon Hotel, Painswick14.45 Royal William, Cranham Gloucestershire Morris Mummers
  12.00 Prince Albert, Rodborough, Stroud Rodborough Carols
  18.30 Matson Church Gloucester Gallery Quire(West gallery carols)
Mon 19th Dec 17.00 Redwick (Monmouthshire) Church Redwick Carols – walking tour
  19.00 The Anchor, Epney20.00 Tudor Arms, Slimbridge21.00 The Bell, Frampton

22.00 The Red Lion, Arlingham

Petty Heglars Mummers
Tue 20th Dec 18.30 Ram Inn, Woodchester19.00 Royal Oak, Woodchester Stroud Mummers
  19.30 Waterloo Arms, Nash (Monmouthshire) Nash Carols
  Cheltenham Tour19.30 Somerset Arms, Moorend St 20.15 Exmouth Arms, Bath Road

21.00 Jolly Brewmaster, Painswick Road

Gloucestershire Morris Mummers
Wed 21st Dec 20.30 New Inn, Gloucester21.45 The Fountain Inn, Gloucester Lassington Oak Mummers
Fri 23rd Dec 19.00 Pitchcombe Carol Barking
Mon 26th Dec 10.30 Stone Lane11.00 Winterbourn Down Post Office11.45 Colston Close

12.15 Cross Hands Pub

Christmas Boys of Winterbourn Down
  11.00 Market Place, Marshfield Marshfield Paper Boys
  12.00  Tewkesbury Town centre Tewkesbury Mummers
  12.30 Gloucester Cathedral City of Gloucester Mummers
Sat 1st Jan 12.30 The Fox, Broadwell, nr Moreton in the Marsh Owlswick Mummers
Sat 14th Jan Townsend Orchard, Baden Hill Road, Tytherington Wassail
  15.00 Hidcote Manor Gardens Wassail
Sat 21st Jan Chepstow Chepstow Wassail & Mari Llwyd
  19.00 Wick Court, Arlingham Wassail
Sat 28th Jan 15.00 Hayles Fruit Farm Wassail

 

If you are organising a Wassail, Mumming or Caroling event over the Christmas period, please let us know the details via our Contact Page

For other folk events over Christmas, e.g. folks clubs and concerts, visit GlosFolk

 

 

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