A Winter medley of two old carols:
The Holly and Ivy (English broadside c.1710),
and... The Friendly Beasts...also known as The Donkey Carol (originating from Latin, France, 12th century). The song is associated with the Feast of Fools, and is also said to have been part of the 13th century Fete de l’Ane (The Donkey’s Festival).
Here my husband and I play on fiddle and epinette... a traditional French small fretted box zitter.
This sweet six stringed epinette was constructed in 2010 from the mahogany door of a demolished 1850s bank building. It was made by John Henry Crocker of Bristol, England...a talented builder, inspired musician, and beloved friend to many dulcimer players.