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The Holly Bears the Crown

The Young Tradition: The Holly Bears the Crown (Fledg’ling FLED 3006)

The Holly Bears the Crown
The Young Tradition with Shirley & Dolly Collins

Fledg’ling Records FLED 3006 (CD, UK, 30 October 1995)

The Boar’s Head Carol / The Shepherd’s Hymn
The Young Tradition

Argo AFW 115 (single, UK, 1974)

The Young Tradition: The Boar’s Head Carol (Argo AFW 115)

Recorded in London in 1969 (but shelved because of the Young Tradition’s break-up);
Produced by John Gilbert;
Mastered by Dennis Blackham at Porkys, London;
Photography by Brian Shuel;
Cover artwork by David Suff


Peter Bellamy: vocals;
Shirley Collins: vocals;
Dolly Collins: portative organ;
Adam Skeaping: violone;
Rod Skeaping: bass viol;
Heather Wood: vocals;
Royston Wood: vocals;
Gary Watson: narrator [1, 8]


  1. Prologue from Hamlet (0.28)
  2. The Boar’s Head Carol (Roud 22229) (1.38)
  3. Is It Far to Bethlehem (2.12)
  4. Lullay My Liking (2.10)
  5. The Cherry Tree Carol (Roud 453; Child 54; G/D 2:327) (2.48)
  6. Shepherds Arise (The Shepherd’s Hymn) (Roud 1207) (3.10)
  7. I Sing of a Maiden That Is Makeless (1.56)
  8. Interlude: The Great Frost (2.16)
  9. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (Roud 21931) (2.08)
  10. A Virgin Most Pure (Roud 1378) (4.19)
  11. The Coventry Carol (Roud 19028) (1.55)
  12. The Holly Bears the Crown (Roud 514) (2.49)
  13. March the Morning Sun (2.24)
  14. Bring Us in Good Ale (Roud 32821) (2.33)

All tracks trad. except
Track 1 William Shakespeare;
Track 3 words Frances Chesterton, tune trad.;
Track 4 words trad., tune Gustav Holst;
Track 5 words trad., tune Shirley Collins;
Track 7 words trad., tune Dolly Collins;
Track 8 Virginia Woolf;
Track 13 Royston Wood

Arrangements by Peter Bellamy, Shirley and Dolly Collins, Royston Wood, Heather Wood;
All instrumental arrangements by Dolly Collins;
All titles published by Cacophony Music