Dilly Carol is another Christmas song I’d never heard before being introduced to it by Kate Rusby. It is another example of the way simple numerical progression and lyrical repetition served to reinforce memorisation of lyric and content among those who wouldn’t have had easy common access to printed materials. Folk singing at its best. …

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Kate Rusby’s revisiting of carols such as While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night with the different melodies and arrangements from regional England demonstrate how a familiar set of words can be interpreted and expressed by different communities of faith. This one was recorded on her album Holly Head as While Shepherds Watched 6.