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The Holly and the Ivy/The Friendly Beasts-fiddle & epinette

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.

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Comment by Strumelia on December 20, 2015 at 11:13pm

I know it's not minstrel banjo...but I wanted to wish my friends here a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays- you all mean a lot to me!   Warm hugs... from me and Brian.   :)

Comment by Tom Taggart on December 20, 2015 at 11:38pm

As always, a great sound.  Nice hat by the way Strum.

Comment by Steve Jeter on December 21, 2015 at 9:42am

fantastic duo!   great music,

Comment by Chris Prieto on December 21, 2015 at 11:08pm

wow, such a nice sound. They go so well together

Comment by Strumelia on December 22, 2015 at 10:09am

Thanks so much, and may your holidays be festive!


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