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The Sussex Carol

by Betsy Tinney

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Happy Solstice! It's time for another cello carol!

This year's tune is The Sussex Carol, a traditional carol first published in 17th-century Ireland. The tune was "collected" (discovered and written down) in 1904 by Dr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, who heard it being sung by a Mrs. Harriet Verrall of Monk's Gate, Horsham, Sussex, England (hence the "Sussex Carol"). The tune was considered "traditional" when Williams collected it, so it's probably much older than 120 years.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, filled with warmth and music and joy!


released December 19, 2023
Cello & guitar: Betsy

Bells (MIDI): Betsy

Music: The Sussex Carol, traditional; collected in 1904 by Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams

Musical arrangement by Betsy

Cover art by Marilyn Barbone; licensed via Dreamstime.com (image 123831939)


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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

Betsy is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales. ... more

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