The song has acquired an enduring mythology – a hundred years ago it was reputedly sung by German and English troops in the brief and unofficial cessation of hostilities in World War One (the ‘Christmas Truce’). Polly, my daughter of five, learned the song at school and we sometimes sing it together at night in order to get her to sleep. In the recording she is singing into a ‘Groovy Tunes’ plastic toy microphone containing a spring reverb-type mechanism. As such, this continues my
interest in the simulation and archiving of different resonant acoustic spaces. This field recording was made in the attic of our home.