Virtual Wassail

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An alternative to the traditional wassailing song for Covid times. Thanks to everyone who has come to our online Zoom concerts this year and here's looking forward to a better and brighter year to come!

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In times past we’d come to your door and we’d sing you
A song in exchange for some bread, cheese and ale
But in times such as these we’re forbidden to visit
So we welcome you humbly to our Virtual Wassail

We have not travelled far - in fact, just from the kitchen -
And we stand here before you in our living room
In front of a webcam, a mike and a MacBook
And we humbly entreat you - click ‘admit’ on Zoom

Of this year we are weary but let us be cheery
For it soon will be over and gone
So raise up your glasses and drink to the New Year
And we wish you Wassail! each and everyone

There’s a master and mistress sat down on the sofa
In fact, there are dozens stacked neatly in rows
We hope that your Apples continues to prosper
And likewise your PCs, iPads and smartphones

Of this year we are weary but let us be cheery
For it soon will be over and gone
So raise up your glasses and drink to the New Year
And we wish you Wassail! each and everyone

So look forward with hope to the twelvemonth that’s coming
And away with this festering boil of a year
For the fire is burning and the world is still turning
And despite all its efforts we’re still bloody here

Of this year we are weary but let us be cheery
For it soon will be over and gone
So raise up your glasses and drink to the New Year
And we wish you Wassail! each and everyone

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released December 30, 2020
Music and lyrics by Chris Green

Sophie Matthews: voice, English border bagpipes
Chris Green: voice, mandocello

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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more

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