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Thread #3289   Message #46779
Posted By: Pete M
25-Nov-98 - 02:38 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Wren in the Furze (Chieftains)
Subject: RE: wren in the furze
The tradition of hunting the wren is widespread in the British Isles, and appears to be related to the sacrifices to clebrate / appease the sun at midwinter. It is recorded as occuring in Pembrokeshire late in the nineteenth century. I would strongly suspect that verses three and four given above are creations of the Chieftans. Ceratinly no one involved in a wren hunt real or putative, would be likely to be playing jigs, reels etc.

Pete M