Christmas past, present and yet to come

THE music and ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come are brought to life by folk duo GreenMatthews.

Their tour continues at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Wednesday 18th December.

First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol is credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the British Christmas and has been loved and retold by every generation since. Using new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, GreenMatthews, with Jude Rees of Pilgrim’s Way, use a bewitching blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite.

The first half of the show is a mixture of Victorian carols and midwinter folk songs which paint a vivid and colourful picture of the festive season in Dickens’ time. The second half is an hour-long retelling of the tale of how flinty-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes several ghostly visitations over the course of a cold and bitter Christmas Eve and awakes the following morning transformed into the epitome of the Christmas spirit – warm-hearted, generous and loving.

In their Brief History, 600 Years of Yuletide Songs, Carols, Tunes and Tales, GreenMatthews and Jude Rees present a festive romp through six centuries of Christmas music, songs and carols played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion – all helped along by GreenMatthews‘ trademark wit and humour.

Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, they take the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. The show includes long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols.