This was recorded on 11th December 2012 at the Bradford on Avon carol sing in The Swan Hotel. It was taken and edited by Charlie Steeds. The song itself, the Nailsbourne Beasts Song, was researched by my partner Anne Gregson. The following words go with it:
According to the late Miss Ruth Tongue, she learnt the melody and words of the Nailsbourne Beasts Song as a child in 1906 from the widow of a cowman in Kingston St Mary. It had been the cowman’s ‘mystery’, to be sung only by him in the barton on Christmas Eve, but it was passed on to the child as the new cowman was though not a fit person to use it properly.