Bellowhead release new single, Christmas Bells/Jingle Bells today.
This follows three successful singles from their top 20 album ‘Broadside’ which was released in October 2012 and went on to win Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Jon Boden says “‘Christmas Bells’ is based on the mummers play ‘Christmas : his Pageant Play, or Mysterie of St. George’ written down by a Mr. H Slight and published in 1842. It seems perfect for Bellowhead, linking Father Christmas with the tale of St. George & the Dragon. Mummers plays were found all over England up until the Second World War and many Christmas mumming traditions carry on to this day. ‘Jingle Bells’ is rather better known as a song, though what is not so well known is that it was initially written in the 1850s for American Thanksgiving day celebrations. It’s ours now though!”
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