Friday, November 27, 2009

The Wren, The Wren, The King of the Birds - The Wren Song

The wren is just one of several Christmastime house-visiting traditions that continue in Newfoundland and Labrador. Typically, children and/or adults will visit homes within their community carrying around an effigy of a small bird—the wren. Upon entry into a home, they usually recite a poem about the wren and may offer some kind of performance, be it song, joke, or recitation. Often the host will offer up food, drink, or money for the visit. Unlike other house-visiting traditions, there are no disguises involved.

Recorded over one day in November of 2009, here are four slightly different versions sung and recited by five different people, all from the community of Colliers, Conception Bay.

  • Blair Phillips & Gay Phillips http://collections.mun.ca/u?/ich_xmas,6

  • Honora Skanes http://collections.mun.ca/u?/ich_xmas,1

  • John Ryan http://collections.mun.ca/u?/ich_xmas,3

  • Will Murphy http://collections.mun.ca/u?/ich_xmas,7
  • 1 comment:

    Yvonne Healy www.MichiganStoryteller.com said...

    Thanks! This is lovely stuff. It's very cool that it was practiced so recently by people younger than me. I'll listen to the interview in depth over the next week. Thanks for doing this.