The Holly in the Windy Hedge

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I wrote this song for a Christmas/Winter EP I hope to release late this month or December. The song is based upon a phrase in the poem: Christmas, by John Betjeman 

‘…The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew…’

The Holly in the Windy Hedge, is coinciding with the winter bast my hometown just received. This song is also close to the *minor tone of my favorite traditional English Christmas carols.

Sir John Betjeman (August 28 1906 – May 19 1984) was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death. Listen to Sir John Betjeman read Christmas.

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Gear Used

For Holly in the Windy Hedge, I used my Cordoba Gk Studio. You can find a current list of my gear recommendations here with links.

How to play Holly in the Windy Hedge by Evan Handyside

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Holly in the Windy Hedge, in terms of speed, is meant for intermediate guitar players and up. However, beginners should give it a shot as there are no difficult chord shapes to speak of. 

The guitar tab is beautifully written across two pages. My order of play looks like this, in accordance with the guitar tab: Intro, Main 2x — Main 2x — Bridge — Main 1x — End.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Holly in the Windy Hedge is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 4th fret.

The Holly in the Windy Hedge – Evan Handyside (Ambient, world guitar)

Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, film composer - Broken Noons, creator of modern content for guitar.