Thomas Sanderson et al. in rural Cumbria - 31 December, early 19th Century

from An Essay on the Character, Manners, and Customs of the Peasantry of Cumberland; and Observations on the Style and Genius of the [poet Robert Anderson], pages lviii–lix:

In some parts of Cumberland, a number of boys and girls, on the eve of New Year Day, go about from house to house singing a sort of a carol, of which the following lines are the first couplet:

Hagm[…]a,[*] Trolola,
Give us some pie, and let us go away.

When they receive their present of pie, they depart peaceably, wishing the donor a happy New Year.  In Northumberland, the first word of the couplet is Hagmena,
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cite as

Robert Anderson, An Essay on the Character, Manners, and Customs of the Peasantry of Cumberland; and Observations on the Style and Genius of the [poet Robert Anderson]. In The Poetical Works of Robert Anderson, volume 1 (Carlisle, 1820), p. lviii–lix. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1658489650175 accessed: 8 December, 2022

location of experience: rural Cumbria

Listeners

Thomas Sanderson
Author, Poet, private tutor, Schoolmaster
1759-1829

Listening to

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a New Year carol performed by Cumbrian peasant boys and girls

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 December, early 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, outdoors, in public

Notes

Although Sanderson’s account of music-making and listening given here is not a unique experience, it is obviously based on first-hand observation of local peasant customs. His name has therefore been included as a listener.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 22 Jul 2022 12:34:10 +0100
Approved on Thu, 18 Aug 2022 14:42:09 +0100