Sheet Music: The Wexford Carol

TitleThe Wexford Carol
Alternate titlesThe Enniscorthy Carol
Carul Loch Garman
Good People All, This Christmas Time
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute quartet
KeyF major
RangeC4–Eb6
Time signature3/4
Tempo63 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-11-23
Last updated2010-11-23
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Celtic Music, Christmas carols, Hymn tunes, Traditional/Folk

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Tuesday 23 November 2010

Tune of the Day: The Wexford Carol

Traditional Irish Christmas carol, arranged for flute quartet

“The Wexford Carol” is one of the oldest extant carols in the European tradition, dating back to the 12th century. It is also known as “The Enniscorthy Carol”, as it was originally collected by organist and folklorist William Grattan Ford in Enniscorthy, a town in Ireland's County Wexford,

Traditions abound concerning this song. For many years, it was felt that only men should sing it. It was only at the current revival of all things Irish that this attitude changed. Many popular female artists, such as Loreena McKennit, recorded the “The Wexford Carol” during the 1990s.

Thanks to Ben for suggesting this carol!