FOLK MUSIC

'The Snows They Melt the Soonest' surviving through folk tradition

"The Snows They Melt the Soonest" is a British folk song dating back at least as far as 1821. It was mentioned, along with the lyrics, in Blackwood's Magazine of that year.

The melody was printed in Bruce and Stokoe's Northumbrian Minstrelsy in 1882, which also mentioned its publication in 1821 and noted that the contributor of the song was Thomas Doubleday.

The singer Anne Briggs first popularized the song in the 1960s and recorded it in 1971.

It was later learned by Archie Fisher who passed it on to Dick Gaughan. Gaughan recorded it on his Handful of Earth album, the success of which further popularized the song.

The song was performed and recorded by many popular artists, the most famous transcription of Sting I suggest you listen too.

It was released in album "If on a Winter's Night..." in 2009.
The album is a collection of Christmas and winter-themed folk songs, madrigals and religious hymns from past centuries, with only the final song written by Sting. Dozens of musicians appear on the album in various configurations, including jazz, folk and classical players.

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