For Folk's Sake It's Christmas Charity Album
The music blog site For Folk's Sake have released their charity Christmas album today, which is being sold in aid of the Integrated Cancer Centre at King’s College London, and features our version of The Cherry Tree Carol. It's a wonderful cause and the album is comprised of some great artists such as Laura Hocking, Emily & The Woods and our friend from Leeds Sam Airey.
You can click here to find out more, and you can even have a listen to the album in its entirety, which is available to buy from as little as £1
The song itself (Roud no.453/Child no.54) was (and still is) popular across England and America, and was widely collected by Cecil Sharp. From what I can establish, it was he who is reported to have first recorded the song from Mr. Charles Smith and Mrs. Mary Anne Clayton in Gloucestershire, England, on the 13th of Jan 1904. The song itself, however, reportedly dates back to the 15th Century.
It tells a peculiar tale, and I confess that if I was ever confronted with cherry trees abruptly breaking the laws of nature to bow down on the request of a child talking eloquently from the womb, my first reaction would not be to calmly ask when the child's birthday will be. Different times...
There are many varying versions of the song, and I've composed a new verse for ours. I can recommend Shirley Collins' and Jean Ritchie's performances if you'd also like to hear something a little more traditional.
Here's the link again for you to go and enjoy all 12 songs from the For Folk's Sake charity Christmas album: