This Christmassy episode of the Old Songs Podcast turns the tables slightly, as Nick Hart interviews Jon Wilks about a traditional folk song of wintery note, 'The Gloucestershire Wassail' [Roud 209]. The pair chat about the history of the song, where it was collected, where it travelled to, what the lyrics might refer to, the definition of wassailing, and its connection to Britpop (or all things). Everything you ever wanted to know about 'The Wassailing Song' is right here in this episode, so strap your ear-goggles on and summon your wassailing bowl.
‘The Gloucestershire Wassail’ podcast notes
Over the course of the episode, Nick Hart and Jon Wilks mention the following things:
For more info on Jon Wilks, head to jonwilks.online.