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:
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, … more >>
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: 4 December, 2023
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|a New Year carol||performed by Cumbrian peasant boys and girls|
|Date/Time||31 December, early 19th Century|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors, outdoors, in public|
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.