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Thread #158777   Message #3758196
Posted By: DMcG
13-Dec-15 - 05:36 PM
Thread Name: Disappearing Carols
Subject: RE: Disappearing Carols
Yes, TradSinger, it is really the community carols I meant. While not exactly a definition, I mean the sort of carol that a leader could reasonably expect a good proportion of the non-folkie population to remember well enough to sing along to. I would guess at the moment in the UK that is less than 50, and heading towards twenty or so. Or if you want to put it the other way round, when a leader is trying to pick songs he anticipates people will join in with, how large is the choice?

In the folk world (even outside the wonderful Sheffield and Derbyshire traditions) and in specialised settings like West Gallery, it is of course very different and if anyone is prepared to look as far as even the Oxford book of Carols, there are a goodly number. They just seem to be sung less and less often.

The one exception I'd make is 'Infant lowly', which seems to be sung a lot more often than when I was younger.