Before there was carolling, there was wassailing, where seasonal songs were exchanged for money, food and ale.  In the countryside trees were blessed, while in the towns wassaillers went house to house with their songs and calls for Christmas treats.  Coming from the Anglo Saxon waes hael, ‘wassail’ is a toast wishing good health with a ‘be well’.

In November/December 2023 Eliza Carthy and Jon Boden combine their considerable talents and reputations within the UK folk scene, for the first time ever touring as a duo for a nationwide wassail across key venues.  Presenting seasonal, traditional material on a stage decorated for the occasion, they will take audiences back to some of the oldest songs in the English canon, telling Christmas tales, spreading good cheer and lighting up the darkest days of the year, ahead of Christmas Day itself.


09    Warwick Arts Centre
11    Oxford Playhouse
22    Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
23    St George’s, Bristol
24    Haymarket, Basingstoke
25    Revelation St. Mary’s, Ashford
26    The Stables, Milton Keynes
27    The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

07    The Brewery, Kendal    
08    Stoller Hall, Manchester
09     Liverpool Phil
10    Whitby Pavilion
12    Cadogan Hall, London
20    Square Chapel, Halifax
21    Fire Station, Sunderland
22    Roxy, Edinburgh


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