There had been singing under the windows after midnight,--supernatural singing, Maggie always felt, in spite of Tom's contemptuous insistence that the singers were old Patch, the parish clerk, and the rest of the church choir; she trembled with awe when their carolling
broke in upon her dreams, and the image of men in fustian clothes was always thrust away by the vision of angels resting on the parted cloud.
collected at Castleton in 1908 by Vaughan Williams, and included in The Oxford Book of Carols, is very well known in the folk revival, Derbyshire's carolling
traditions have on the whole been overshadowed by those from the Sheffield area, in the adjoining county of Yorkshire.
The band will be carolling
again at Pennine Garden Centre Shelley on Saturday and Sunday December 20/21 (1.30pm) and on the Sunday morning play at the Shepley United Carol Service at St Paul's Church (11am).
The Carol Appeal is crucial in raising vital funds for the charity, and throughout November and December Help the Aged is looking for readers to get involved in a carolling
event to show their support.
This book and DVD are major contributions to the documentation and revival of the carolling
traditions of the British Isles.