'Stars and Ribbons - Winter Wassailing in Wales' by Rhiannon Ifans

'Stars and Ribbons - Winter Wassailing in Wales' by Rhiannon Ifans

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Wassail songs are part of Welsh folk culture, but what exactly are they? When are they sung? Why? And where do stars and ribbons fit in? This volume discusses the various forms of winter wassailing found in Wales, Welsh poetry written over the centuries and customs such as the Mari Lwyd and hunting the wren.  Featuring a wonderful collection of Welsh songs in their original language, which have been translated into English for the first time with musical notation. Also included is a comprehensive analysis of these poems and of the society in which they were sung.

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