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Thread #16164   Message #3282966
Posted By: Tradsinger
01-Jan-12 - 11:23 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Mary Mild / Bitter Withy / Holy Well
Subject: RE: Origin: Mary Mild / Bitter Withy / Holy Well
Check out this version from Gloucestershire with notes on the song and apochryphal carols, plus a comparison with 'Holy Well'. http://www.gloschristmas.com/songs-carols/list-of-songs-carols/bitter-withy/. Several versions have been collected in Gloucestershire and I collected a version of "The Holy Well" from gypsy Wiggie Smith, who called it "The High Low Well" - see http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/smith.htm.

Tradsinger