This song is one of those written down by Robert Burns as part of his longstanding project to preserve traditional Scottish songs for posterity (Auld Lang Syne was his 'greatest hit' among the 300 or so songs he recorded).
The song was first published with a tune written by Pietro Urbani, a Scots singer to whom Burns gave his version of the traditional words, and was later published with other tunes until it was paired with the tune Low Down in the Broom. It was this version, published in 1821, which became the most famous. There have been lots of versions, including:
Sunday 26 November
North Bristol Arts Trail, St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT. 4.15-5.45
Saturday 9 December
Charity Carol Singing, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, 3 p.m. -4 p.m.
Monday 11 December
Radio Bristol / Bristol Post Carol Concert (Lord Mayor's appeal), Colston Hall, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 16 December
A Gurt Noel (our official do), St Albans Church, afternoon rehearsals, concert at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 22 December
Carol Singing, Bristol Heart Institute, BRI, 12.30-1.30 pm
25 February 2018
Innovation 216, St Georges (Morning)
28 February and 1 March 2018
The Hall on the Hill, St Georges
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges