To Drive the Cold Winter Away

Get your Christmas off to an early start with this festive music show featuring Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser.

All band members are well established on the folk music scene and bring passion and tremendous presence to the stage.

World renowned for their acappella harmonies with Coope Boyes and Simpson, they have recently embellished their arrangements of traditional midwinter carols and songs with clarinet, melodeon, keyboards and fiddle.

For centuries vigorous and joyful carols and songs have been sung on and around Christmas and the Winter solstice in the kitchens, parlours, pubs and streets of English towns and villages to herald the arrival of midwinter.

Catching the spirit of this older Christmas, To Drive The Cold Winter Away is a show that brings together superb singing and musicianship in a collection of regional and historical carols, songs and music that captures the essence of midwinter. Here are songs from Albion’s past to be enjoyed at any season but since it’s that time of the year…

…let’s make a mince pie of it !

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