Friday, December 10, 2021

christmas cherry tree

 This song by the London folksinger Lisa Knapp came to me via BBC Radio 6. 'Cherry Tree Carol' has roots going back to the 9th century. At that time it was a tree full of dates. In the 15th century the tree changed into a cherry tree. Here are the first sentences of this recntly recorded old traditional:

"When Joseph was an old man an old man was he

He married Virgin Mary the Queen of Gallilee

And as they were walking and talking one day

To an orchard of Cherry Trees they happened to stray"

Read more about this song on her website