When We Went A Wassailing!

winter wassail

Roots Community Singers performing to a packed hall at the Winter Wassail, Sir John Moore School, Appleby Magna.

The beautiful, historic hall of the Sir John Moore School, Appleby Magna was the venue for ROOTS Community Singers Winter Wassail and a more fitting place you would be hard put to find!

The oak panelled hall, complete with minstrels’ gallery and winter greenery provided a superb acoustic and medieval setting for our programme of Christmas carols and seasonal songs.

the yarnsmith of norwich

Storyteller, Dave Tonge, otherwise the
Yarnsmith of Norwich relaxing between spots!

Donning medieval costume to fit in with top of the bill, storyteller Dave Tonge, aka The Yarnsmith of Norwich ROOTS, as usual were in top form with an eclectic selection of Christmas songs.  These nicely complimented The Yarnsmith’s stories of Arthurian daring do and humorous riddles.

winter wassail

You can’t have a wassail without food and drink!
We both in plenty!

Interspersed between the courses of a delicious medieval supper provided by the village pub, The Black Horse, the evening sped by in a jolly round of hearty singing both from the choir and the audience and the somewhat bawdy humour from our storyteller!





Finally, here’s what we sounded like!

Here We Come A Wassailing!

Shepherds Arise!


The Boar’s Head

Article by Widdershins

Widdershins Morris dancer, writer, part time farmer and melodeon player. Author of several sheep keeping books and also Kindle fiction stories including THE INBETWEEN THE DIGFIELD CONJUROR HOW TO BOIL AN EGG    

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