Uploaded on Jun 6, 2008
The ancient rite of wassailing trees was well known in parts of England. It generally took place on Twelfth Night. Farmers and their families would feast on hot cakes and cider, then they would go into the orchard.
A cider-soaked cake is laid in the fork of a tree and then more cider is splashed on it. The men fire their guns into the tree and bang on pots and pans while the rest of the people bow their heads and sing the special "Wassail Song." This custom is said to ward off bad spirits from the orchard and encourages the good spirits to provide a bountiful crop for the following year.
Eventually it grew to be performed by roving waissalers, then as general drinking song specific to the holiday season.
Performed at the Mission Roasting Company in Santa Clara, CA in December of 2007.
The song is available on Broceliande's
"Sir Christemas" album.
View other Broceliande songs on the
kstoph channel, with ones that I filmed viewable here on CarolJWright.
Filmed and edited by Carol Wright
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