Songs & Stories For A Winter's Night
Do you 'Welcome the nights that double delights?' Or doth 'Winter waken all thy cares?' Why does Santa ride in a sled driven by reindeer?! Do you prefer caroling or caroles? . . . And what on earth is a Christmas goat?!!
Winter is one of my favorite times of year, and the best time to gather together with those we hold dear, to listen to stories & share in song. So, let us gather together & make merry as we take a look at a few ways & whys of traditional winter celebrations & I will share a few of my favorite stories with you to help Drive The Cold Winter Away . . .
A FEW DANCES FOR YOU
SONG & ARTIST LINKS
Akademipolska - Rydvall Mjelva
Winter Wakeneth All My Care - John Fleagle
'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (Huron Traditional) - Quadriga Consort
Miri It Is - Trouvere Medieval Minstrels
Fuggi, Fuggi Da Questo Cielo - Giuseppino del Bialo
Yerushalaim - Parasol
Branle de la Montarde - La Rossignol
English Branle - Andrei Krylov
Daldansen - Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa
Nou Is Yole Comen - Shira Kammen
Tolka Polka / Hanter an Dro / Welsh Fairy Dance / French Mediaeval Tune - Bellevue Rendezvous
Sugar Wassail - Waterson:Carthy
Fanitullen - Christian Borlaug
Hårgalåten - Akademiska Damkören Lyran
Hårgalåten - Peter Puma Hedlund
Jenny Pluck Pears - John Playford
Daniel Ašlaksen Sara (field recording) - Per Henderak Haetta/Smithsonian Folkways
Vuoi Vuoi Me - Mari Boine
Khumbe - Deuter
To Drive The Cold Winter Away (trad.) - in the tradition of Owain Phyfe
The full text of the Pentamorone.
THE SÁPMI PEOPLE (today)…
The Carole was one of the earliest Saxon Medieval dances, danced at Yule-tide, of which the present-day Christmas carols are a remnant. The carole was the most popular dance which could be danced in a circle, in a chain, or as a processional. Unfortunately I could not find an example I liked on Youtube to share with you, but here are a handful of other circle, chain & ring dances for you to enjoy…and learn with your friends for next Midwinter?!
This Rondeau (above) is one of my all-time favorite dances to dance…