Songs & Stories For A Winter's Night (pt. 1)

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Do you 'Welcome the nights that double delights?' Or doth 'Winter waken all thy cares?' Why does Santa ride in a sled driven by reindeer?! Do you prefer caroling or caroles? . . . And what on earth is a Christmas goat?!!

Winter is one of my favorite times of year, and the best time to gather together with those we hold dear, to listen to stories & share in song. So, let us gather together & make merry as we take a look at a few ways & whys of traditional winter celebrations & I will share a few of my favorite stories with you to help Drive The Cold Winter Away . . .



  • Akademipolska - Rydvall Mjelva

  • Winter Wakeneth All My Care - John Fleagle

  • 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (Huron Traditional) - Quadriga Consort

  • Miri It Is - Trouvere Medieval Minstrels

  • Fuggi, Fuggi Da Questo Cielo - Giuseppino del Bialo

  • Yerushalaim - Parasol

  • Branle de la Montarde - La Rossignol

  • English Branle - Andrei Krylov

  • Daldansen - Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa

  • Nou Is Yole Comen - Shira Kammen

  • Tolka Polka / Hanter an Dro / Welsh Fairy Dance / French Mediaeval Tune - Bellevue Rendezvous

  • Sugar Wassail - Waterson:Carthy

  • Fanitullen - Christian Borlaug

  • Hårgalåten - Akademiska Damkören Lyran

  • Hårgalåten - Peter Puma Hedlund

  • Jenny Pluck Pears - John Playford

  • Daniel Ašlaksen Sara (field recording) - Per Henderak Haetta/Smithsonian Folkways

  • Vuoi Vuoi Me - Mari Boine

  • Khumbe - Deuter

  • Sung:

    To Drive The Cold Winter Away (trad.) - in the tradition of Owain Phyfe




The Carole was one of the earliest Saxon Medieval dances, danced at Yule-tide, of which the present-day Christmas carols are a remnant. The carole was the most popular dance which could be danced in a circle, in a chain, or as a processional. Unfortunately I could not find an example I liked on Youtube to share with you, but here are a handful of other circle, chain & ring dances for you to enjoy…and learn with your friends for next Midwinter?!

This Rondeau (above) is one of my all-time favorite dances to dance…