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The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)

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THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
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Jack Blandiver 22 Dec 08 - 05:23 PM
Liz the Squeak 22 Dec 08 - 05:29 PM
Jack Blandiver 22 Dec 08 - 05:41 PM
GUEST,Progress House 23 Dec 08 - 08:14 AM
Jack Blandiver 23 Dec 08 - 08:29 AM
Jack Blandiver 23 Dec 08 - 09:48 AM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Dec 08 - 10:16 AM
Jack Blandiver 23 Dec 08 - 10:49 AM
GUEST,Meggly 23 Dec 08 - 11:30 AM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Dec 08 - 07:11 PM
Liz the Squeak 23 Dec 08 - 11:52 PM
GUEST,Ed 24 Dec 08 - 04:11 AM
Jack Blandiver 24 Dec 08 - 05:09 AM
GUEST,hector powe 25 Dec 08 - 10:14 AM
GUEST,RhiONA Wren 26 Dec 08 - 01:49 AM
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Subject: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 22 Dec 08 - 05:23 PM

Recorded just today on my wee Fujifilm camera:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Un87fiduI

My Christmas Card to you all!


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 22 Dec 08 - 05:29 PM

Thank you, a wonderful adaptation! (Do I take it that 'Wren's Heart' is the name of the tune? We in the UK know it better as 'Searching for lambs').

LTS


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 22 Dec 08 - 05:41 PM

Cheers, Liz! Yes - it's Searching for Lambs (which I knew as a tune long before I heard the words, thanks to Times & Traditions for Dulcimer back in 1976) - Wren's Heart comes from the last verse...


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: GUEST,Progress House
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 08:14 AM

Thanks for the clip - really enjoyed it. Feeling all Christmassy now...


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 08:29 AM

I've just this minute done Butter and Cheese and All - uploading as I write, link to follow... Xmas card part two. Nice things these wee Fujifilm cameras.

Talking of which - did anyone spot the copy of Won't You Go My Way? in the background of The Holly & the Ivy? Peter Bellamy & Louis Killen, live in Norwich, 22.vi.71. I would have only been 9 at the time.


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 09:48 AM

Butter & Cheese & All: 22-12-2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3FRvTDWqnM


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 10:16 AM

Is the instrument a bowed dulcimer, a rebek?


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 10:49 AM

It's a similar beast anyway - a 3-string Karadeniz Kemence, or Black Sea Fiddle, from Turkey - which along with its supreme portability, has proved the perfect thing for accompanying Traditional English Song.

Lots of supremely gifted traditional Turkish players on You Tube, young & old. For example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp39yiIl0U8


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: GUEST,Meggly
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 11:30 AM

That was great. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you too.

Are the words you've used all taken from the same version of the Holly and the Ivy? I've just never heard a version mentioning the wren before and also with a reference to mistletoe in the chorus.

I like all the instruments lying around your house (it looks very cosy and musical) :-)


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 07:11 PM

Got it. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Dec 08 - 11:52 PM

You'll have to post the lyrics!!

Please?

LTS


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 24 Dec 08 - 04:11 AM

Liz,

If you click the 'More Info' link on the right hand side of the youtube pae you'll find that Sean has already posted the words there.


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 24 Dec 08 - 05:09 AM

it looks very cosy and musical

That was going to be the dining room originally, but over the months we've lived here it's evolved into an ideal music room. Soon the flame effect gas fire's coming out & the wood burning stove's going in; so even cosier & more conducive to the music - wood ash notwithstanding!

As for the words - these go back maybe 25 years or so, to a time when I was of the rather Frazerian belief that all things Folkloric were of ancient & pagan significance. Here they are anyway - those in italics are traditional, the rest are my own...

The holly and the ivy
Now they both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

The rising of the winter sun,
The running of the deer

The holy seed of the mistletoe
In the dawning of the year

In winter time I dance alone
And felt the growing cold
And lighting fires from fallen trees
I warmed my dying soul

I saw the sun reborn again
Melt through the winter snow
And drank afresh from holy streams
Swollen by the thaw

The holly bears a sharp prickle
As sharp as any thorn

The wren's heart pierced in the darkest night
Is healed before the dawn

*

There were other verses, but I forget them now...


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: GUEST,hector powe
Date: 25 Dec 08 - 10:14 AM

yo sedanye! thought it was you. stuffed up bwith festive FAYRE just and seen this which is right enough with Gilly and I though she's not sure what Butter and Cheese is all about - but she never did get Peter Bellamy!! (io io io!!!)

cool yule


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Subject: RE: The Holly & the Ivy (Wren's Heart)
From: GUEST,RhiONA Wren
Date: 26 Dec 08 - 01:49 AM

Hi ..i love these words and your recording ..i would love to have a copy of this .I have researched extensively the myths surrounding the Wren and winter in "OLD" times.I am in The U.S. any way I could have you make a CD of your recording ??Thanks RhiONA


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