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. …
You may not know Little Bilberry, which is the tune, but you should know the words: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. A traditional folk melody, sung by Kate Rusby. From her album, The Frost Is All Over.
Kate Rusby has just released her third album of Yorkshire folk Christmas Songs. It’s called The Frost Is All Over, and here’s the title track.