RESIDENTS are being encouraged to come along to a Christmas-themed show and watch an exciting folk duo perform for the first time in Basingstoke.

Join Eliza Carthy and Jon Boden will be at The Haymarket on Friday, November 24 as they combine their considerable talents and reputations within the UK folk scene.

Before there was carolling, there was wassailing, where seasonal songs were exchanged for money, food and ale. In the countryside, trees were blessed, while in the towns, wassaillers went house to house with their songs and calls for Christmas treats.

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Presenting seasonal, traditional material on a stage decorated for the occasion, Eliza and Jon will take audiences back to some of the oldest songs in the English canon, telling Christmas tales, spreading good cheer and lighting up the darkest days of the year, ahead of Christmas Day itself.

Tickets are priced at £24. 

Call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244 or visit for more information.