Stars and Ribbons: Winter Wassailing in Wales (Paperback)

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An exploration of the rich history of holiday Wassail songs, featuring music for singing along.
Wassailing has been a feature of midwinter Welsh culture for centuries, a way to brighten up the dark, cold nights and share the holiday spirit. Stars and Ribbons takes us into the rich history of wassail songs past and present. It focuses specifically on the poetry that underpins the tradition and that brings a special magic to Christmas, New Year’s, and Twelfth Night. The poems of the season, we learn, served a distinct purpose, intended to help improve the earth’s fertility in three spheres: the productivity of the land, of the animal kingdom, and of the human race.

The songs addressed in the book are presented with musical notation and in both the original Welsh and new English translations, perfect for bringing a bit of wassail spirit to your own holiday celebrations.

About the Author

Rhiannon Ifans is Dyson Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is also an award-winning children’s author, General Secretary of the Welsh Folk Song Society, organizer of the Society’s annual conference, and editor of the annual journal Canu Gwerin (Folk Song).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781786838247
ISBN-10: 1786838249
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication Date: June 21st, 2022
Pages: 280