Folksinger Pete Seeger has recorded this tune and performed it live in many of his popular folk music concerts. Pete had a memorable inscription written upon his beautiful banjo which read, "This instrument surrounds hate and forces it to surrender."
This is one of my favorite folksongs, a tune which I remember from the Folk Revival period in the late 1950's and early 1960's, before the British Invasion of Rock 'n Roll groups such as the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five and the Rolling Stones. This tune is readily recognizable in the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol," presented as a unifying theme in several scenes as well as the opening and closing sequences. Here I am playing my Hohner musette accordion, demonstrating both the dry and wet sounds available on this LMMM instrument. The bassoon reeds are especially rich-sounding on this accordion, featuring a resonant low end which adds special character to the melodic line.