Christmas is now drawing near at hand
(trad. arr. Richard Garrett 2002)
An instrumental version of a moralising carol popular among travelling people in the West Midlands of England about a century ago. The tune dates from before the sixteenth century but this version is inspired by the singing of Elaine Waterson on the album Frost and Fire (Topic Records 1965).
Richard recorded this track in December 2002 as a greeting to friends and relations around the world and as a thank you to all the people who have been kind enough to buy, broadcast and review his music in the past year. Happy Solstice!