To celebrate the season and say thank you to all of you for your support I have added some Solstice Carols to my Bardic Broadsides series on YouTube.
I was given a hand-printed booklet, back in the early ’90s entitled The Pagan Carols Restor’d and I set about creating performable versions and formed the Avalonian Free State Choir with the intention of singing them. Heathens All popularised Patapan by playing it at many UK festivals during the 90s. I’ve been performing them every solstice for the last 30 years.
They were originally recorded in 1997 by Satch Norton and Brian Gulland in the Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury with an offshoot of the choir, the Silver Twiglets, which included members of Heathens All, Silver on the Tree and Dragonsfly amongst others. Sam Welbourne recorded a live version of the Carols at St Dunstan’s House on Winter Solstice 2013.
Sheet music with words is available at http://timhawthorn.co.uk/goodies/carols_for_solstice.pdf so you can get out there and perform them yourselves!
Happy Solstice and a Joy-filled New Year,
Hope! Saith the Holly!!