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"To Drive The Cold Winter Away" ~ Owain Phyfe, Charry Garcia, Jack Stamates ~ FlaRF2011

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Published on Dec 27, 2011

Owain Phyfe is joined by Conrado "Charry" Garcia and Jack Stamates in performing "A Pleasant Countrey New Ditty: Merrily Shewing How To Drive The Cold Winter Away".

Filmed live on Feb 21, 2011 at the Florida Renaissance Festival in Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Featuring Owain Phyfe with lead vocals and playing his Chitarra Batente (Italian renaissance guitar), and accompanied by Charry Garcia on charango, and Jack Stamates on violin.

for more great music by these artists, check out:
http://www.nightwatchrecording.com
http://conradogarcia.webs.com
http://www.celticmayhem.net

for more information about the Florida Renaissance Festival, go to:
www.ren-fest.com

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"Drive the Cold Winter Away" is a old traditional winter tune that has been used for both secular winter celebrations and for Christmas celebrations, with a large number of verses and variations. Versions of it are also know by the titles "In Praise of Christmas" and "All Hail To the Days". Some versions of it appear to go back to at least about the year 1625, and the melody was originally based on the even older tune of "When Phoebus Did Rest". Published versions of it dating back to at least the 17th Century can be found in the archives of both the Pepys Collection and the Roxburghe Collection. The lyrics appear to have evolved somewhat over the years, but many of the lyrics are sometimes attributed to Tom Durfey (1653-1723), or to "Anonymous" by others.

Owain Phyfe here sings a variant of the melody that avoids the more difficult high notes, and this version has become popular again at many Renaissance Fairs, Folk Festivals, and such. Owain only sings three verses here of the many verses and variants available. With the large number of verses available, this can also be sung as a fun extended Christmas carol and more complete sets of lyrics can be found at http://www.wikipedia.com, http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com, and at the Roxburghe Ballad Broadsheet Archive at http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu, as well as many other sites on the web.

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Lyrics to "Drive the Cold Winter Away"
(as sung here by Owain Phyfe):

All hail to the days that merit more praise Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man's friend, That doth but the best that he may;
Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs, To drive the cold winter away.

'Tis ill for a mind to anger inclined To think of small injuries now;
If wrath be to seek do not lend her thy cheek Nor let her inhabit thy brow.
Cross out of thy books malevolent looks, Both beauty and youth's decay,
And wholly consort with mirth and with sport To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer, And neighbours together do meet
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire, Each other in love to greet;
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot, All sorrows aside they lay;
The old and the young doth carol this song To drive the cold winter away.

So All hail to the days that merit more praise Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man's friend, That doth but the best that he may;
Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs, To drive the cold winter away.

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some of my other favorite verses (not sung here by Owain) include:

To mask and to mum kind neighbours will come With wassails of nut-brown ale,
To drink and carouse to all in the house As merry as bucks in the dale;
Where cake, bread, and cheese is brought for your fees To make you the longer stay;
At the fire to warm 'twill do you no harm, To drive the cold winter away.

Thus none will allow of solitude now But merrily greets the time,
To make it appear of all the whole year That this is accounted the prime:
December is seen apparel's in green, And January fresh as May
Comes dancing along with a cup and a song To drive the cold winter away.

When white-bearded frost hath threatened his worse, And fallen from branch and briar,
Then time away calls from husbandry halls And from the good countryman's fire,
Together to go, to plough and to sow To get us both food and array,
And thus will content the time we have spend To drive the cold winter away.

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