Local Carols: links

In this section, we give links to other sites with connections to local carols.

Village Carols
Ian Russell completed his PhD on the Sheffield Carol tradition, and has published many journal articles on the subject. He has also published a number of song books and recordings. While many of these are now out of print, his recent “The Sheffield Book of Village Carols” (2008) is available, and recommended. He also organises the biennial Festival of Village Carols, a festival inaugurated in 1994, which exists to promote local carol traditions.
Garland Films
Garland Films has issued DVDs of all of the Festivals of Village Carols since 1996.
Worrall Male Voice Choir
Worrall Male Voice Choir publish The Joy of Christmas, also known as the Blue Book, one of the two most common song books to be found at Sheffield pub sings. (The book is also usually available at the bar of the Blue Ball pub in Worrall.)
The Yorkshire Garland Group
A set of music and recordings of Yorkshire songs, a couple of which have made their way into the pub carol singing tradition.
Humble Swain
One of the groups in Sheffield singing the local carols is Humble Swain, six men who have been singing together for a few years, and who have already recorded a couple of CDs.
Sheffield Pub Guide
For more information on the locations of the pub sings, the Sheffield Pub Guide can be very useful.
Deepcar Brass Band, Loxley Silver Band, Oughtibridge Brass Band, Stannington Brass Band, Thurlstone Brass Band.
Local bands involved in concerts with local carols each winter.

The Sheffield tradition of carols is not quite alone in the UK. There are other pockets where traditions have survived, notably North Cornwall.

Cornish Carols
There are many web sites containing information about Cornish carols; this one seems to be a useful source of song materials.
Gloucestershire Christmas
Gwilym Davies’s site devoted to Gloucestershire Christmas traditions (not only carolling, but also mummers plays and wassailing), with a list of carols (with music).
Odcombe Carols
Odcombe is a small Somerset village, where the carol traditions have survived. The carollers from Odcombe sang at the 2004 Festival of Village Carols and again in 2016.
Village Carols in Bradford on Avon
A fairly recent addition, combining some carols from the Sheffield tradition with others from the West Country (there is an excellent book of West Country carols edited by Glyn Court; the links page of the site gives details of how to get a copy). Details of sings are on the Announcements page.
Traditional Carols in London
Another recent addition, with quite a few carols from the Sheffield tradition with others. Details of sings are on the Announcements page.
Carols at the Cross, Ryton, Tyne and Wear
A celebration of traditional carol singing held on Ryton Village Green each year on the last Tuesday before Christmas Eve, including some Sheffield carols!
Glen Rock Carolers
Carol singers from Glen Rock, York County, Pennsylvania, founded in 1848 by emigrants from Derbyshire and Yorkshire, and whose tradition and songs have similarity with those of the Sheffield area. They made a great impression at the 2002 Festival of Village Carols and are returning in 2012.
Carols in Chorley
One Accord run a ‘Big Sing’ in the Chorley, Lancashire area. Their carols are mainly from Lancashire and Yorkshire with a few other local carols from around the country thrown in for good measure.

Other links: visitors to the area might be interested in staying at Wortley Cottage, a B&B in Wortley, run by a couple of keen carollers.