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Wassail song (Badminton)

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Performer: Davis, Bill
Place Collected: Hawkesbury
Date collected: 1972 (7 Apr)
Roud Number: 209

The Badminton wassail song was sung at the end of the Badminton Mummers Play.  William (Bill) Davis, born 1879 in Cheltenham, was Father Christmas in the play and described the wassail and Mumming party.  They blackened their faces with burnt cork and dressed in comic clothes.  Jim Perks carried the bowl at the end of a 4 foot handle [presumably for collecting purposes] with holly, ivy and mistletoe twisted around the handle.  For the song, one man sang the verses and the rest joined in the chorus.