A Very Local Christmas
By Peter Naldrett
A Very Local ChristmasNov 26, 2023
The Mistletoe Bough (no music)
The Mistletoe Bough
Local Carol Legend John Fowler in Conversation
The Glen Rock Carolers from the United States and a visit to the Royal at Dungworth
The Foxglove Trio sing Stannington (no music)
The Foxglove Trio sing Stannington
And they’re off! The carols begin and Prof Ian Russell returns! (without music)
And they’re off! The carols begin and Prof Ian Russell returns!
Exit, Pursued by a Donkey (No Music)
Peter and Andy speak to Jon Foster, somebody who is highly involved in the running of a Sheffield church in a community where local carols are sung. Listen as we discuss a nativity involving real animals, chat about whether the pub sings are a religious experience and find out who was sacked from a nativity play. Jon is a highly active and well-thought of community member in Sheffield, and it's great to hear his perspective on all things Christmas. Listen to the end and you'll be rewarded by news of where the pub sings are in the coming week. Let's not forget the Big Question: When were pockets invented?
Exit, Pursued by a Donkey
The Origin of the Local Carols
The Origin of the Local Carols (No music)
In the first episode of A Very Local Christmas, Peter and Andy chat to Professor Ian Russell about the origin of the pub sings. We discover how Christmas carols were mainly kept out of churches and explore the reasons they ended up in the pubs. You can also find out which pubs to head to if over the next week if you want to experience this musical tradition first hand.