‘Sing for the coming of the longest night’
This beautiful tune, composed by Nigel Eaton in 2011, is so well loved it has its own website – a project to record as many different renderings as possible. Anyone may upload their version; to date, there are 172 recordings on the site.
Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy)
Played here in D – a great key for fiddling Halsway. I play it tuned ADAE and double-stopped, to catch something of the hurdy-gurdy’s drones. (Nigel plays it in G here)
(‘Halsway Schottische (Halsway Carol has words of course)’ YouTube video, 1:39. Posted by Nigel Eaton, 26 Feb 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twX-ctnN8EQ)
Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy), with Julie Murphy (vocals) and the SE19
As a midwinter carol (in F), with lyrics by Iain Frisk.