New Single Release: A Traditional Cambridgeshire May Carol

Museum of Cambridge Releases New Single


To accompany our touring exhibition that is bringing our unique knowledge of the history of Cambridgeshire out to you, we have released a song that will be featuring in it.

The Merry in Maytime exhibition explains all the weird and wonderful traditions and customs in Cambridgeshire associated with the start of May. Since the Iron Age, people in this part of the world have celebrated the fertility of Spring, and welcomed in the good weather of Summer. They did this through various customs such as May Day celebrations, Jack in the Green processions and Beating the Bounds rogations, as well as countless small regional traditions.

South Cambridgeshire is unusually rich in different versions of May songs. As May Eve reached its end, Midnight Mayers would sing a night carol to bring in the 1st May. Cambridgeshire folk singer Nick Hart has recorded a version of a song collected from the village of Fowlmere in 1898 and it is now available to buy for only £0.70!

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New Single Release: A Traditional Cambridgeshire May Carol