There’s much to be said for having material that covers the seasons and the festivals, allowing you to express where you are in the year. The folk tradition has a lot to offer – but not, it should be noted, much specifically for the equinoxes.
There are however a number of issues with learning seasonal material, so it’s worth being aware of those before you embark on your journey.
- In any given year you may only get a couple of opportunities to perform a piece. Learning something, and keeping it in your head for the long term with so few performance opportunities is a lot of work for a modest result.
- People may well remember what you did at the midwinter gathering last year, one song for each festival might not be enough.
- Everyone, absolutely everyone does or knows John Barleycorn. Find something else for Lammas if you want to stand out.
- If you want to impress, you have to practice ahead of performance so you need to be rehearsing for material ahead of where you are in the year.
- The vast majority of Paganised Christmas carols sound naff.
- Have fun with it! If you aren’t enjoying it, no one else is likely to either.