Back in the day I used to lead groups of walkers at many locations throughout England and Wales and this included at Christmas too. On one particularly cold and frosty evening we were returning through a stone-built village at the end of a long but invigorating tromp across the moors when somebody mentioned carol singing. Anecdote followed anecdote as they tend to when you're weary and looking forward to dinner. "In Yorkshire" somebody offered "they sing 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night' to the tune of 'Ilkley Moor Bah t' 'at'". Before long we were all singing lustily and loudly while curtains in cottage windows twitched to see what on earth was happening - mighty dread, perhaps, having seized their troubled minds!
For those who've not heard this version of the song, to what is actually an old hymn tune, here's a clip from YouTube. Be warned, nothing happens for the first two minutes of the video but what follows is worth the wait - or you can skip the first two minutes of course.
Hope you enjoyed that! The singers were of course members of a choir, The Andover Museum Loft Singers to be precise. If you click on THIS LINK you can find out all about them, watch more videos and if you like what you hear you could even purchase their CD.
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