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Get Up Auld Wife and Shake Your Feathers

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Title - Get Up Auld Wife and Shake Your Feathers
Contributors - Wat Ramage
Reporters - Dr Emily Lyle

Summary - Guisers came round at Hogmanay and said a rhyme, then sang or recited and got cakes.

Guisers knocked on the doors at Hogmanay and said a rhyme:

Get up auld wife and shake yer feathers,
Dinna think that we are beggars.
We're only bairnies come to play,
Get up and gie's oor Hogmanay.

They would be given cake and maybe a cup of tea. They went in groups of two or three, only in their own area, because other guisers would be going round other areas. Wat Ramage recalls the guisers coming to a farm. They would sing a song or recite a bit of poetry, but they were mostly interested in getting some cake.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:39
Date Recorded - 1977.08.20
Language - Scots
Genre - Verse, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 42566
Original Tape ID - SA1977.205
Original Track ID - SA1977.205.A2
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Roxburghshire


Item Location:
  County - Roxburghshire
  Parish - Morebattle

Item Notes -

Permanent Link - http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/42566/1




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