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Thread #158777   Message #3759529
Posted By: DMcG
19-Dec-15 - 03:23 AM
Thread Name: Disappearing Carols
Subject: RE: Disappearing Carols
Thanks for all the comments. Yes, Joe, it was the Polish carol I was referring to.

Last night at our folk club we had the Christmas do, where we have a booklet someone put together maybe 15 years of 19 "standards" and in the Singaround people have a choice of singing anything they like or picking one from the booklet. There are a number of people who never sing (typically partners of someone who does) and it gives them some involvement.

Of the 19' I'd say ten are 'division one' (Slient Night, Hark the Herald Angels, While Shepherds watched ...) and the others are getting to be a bit rarer in the UK (Rocking, ding dong merrily, ..) though still generally known.

I can take Keith's point for civic carols: even though I think all of the atheists above have said they are quite happy singing carols, it doesn't take a lot of imagination to think of someone organising a civil event who would prefer to move things to Christmas songs away from carols. However, that's a bt too easy an explanation, since in my experience Church carol concerts also draw from an increasingly restricted set.

It is good to hear that people are striving to prevent this fading, and I am sure we folkies and west galleria types do more than most to do that. But I bet most of us can think of carols we used to sing in school, churches, carol concerts and the like that we haven't sung for ten years outside folk settings.

I mentioned "The snow lay on the ground". Here's a few more I haven't sung in church or carol concert for a decade or two

Adeste Fidelis (in Latin)
In Dulce Jubilo
O little town of Bethlehem
It came upon the midnight clear
Past three o'clock
God rest you merry, Gentlemen

Now, moving outside the carols I was really talking about, some of my favourites are "peace O'er the Earth", "Diadem", "Nowel and Nowel", "Sound, sound your instruments of joy (Seraphic Minstels)", "Fum, Fum Fum!" , "Brightest and Best" .. Oh, too many to name