Oxford Ramble

Speed the Plough



A Taste of Ale

Six for Gold

Knock at the Knocker, Ring at the Bell

The Robber Bird

Three Quarter Time

The 25th



The Holly and the Ivy

Wassail track 6

This tune was recorded by Peter Kennedy in the 1950s, from Peter Jones of Bromsash in Herefordshire. The Kennedy recording was included on the sixties LP Songs of Ceremony (part of the Caedmon / Topic Folk Songs of Britain series) and has become the standard version on the folk scene - unlike in church, where the carol is almost invariably sung to the tune which Cecil Sharp collected in 1909 from Mrs Mary Clayton at Chipping Camden in Gloucestershire, and which was included in the Oxford Book of Carols.

You can hear a solo recording of this song at A Folk Song A Week Week 17 – The Holly and the Ivy / Christmas now is drawing near at hand