Open Unwrapped Dec 2nd – Greensleeves – Bassano

University of Edinburgh festive bauble gift by Pingked (Flickr) CC BY-NC

Greensleeves is a traditional English folk song and tune, often used in the UK by ice-cream vans. Christmas and New Year texts were associated with the tune from as early as 1686, and by the 19th century almost every printed collection of Christmas carols included some version of words and music together, most of them ending with the refrain “On Christmas Day in the morning”.¹

This piece was recorded at The Music Box Studio Edinburgh 22-07-2015. It is played by Sarah Bevan-Baker. The instrument is part of the Musical Instrument Museum Collection of the University of Edinburgh.

This recording has been licensed CC BY 4.0.

Recording details on MediaHopper


More video clips and audio demonstrations of 110 historic stringed, woodwind, brasswind and percussion instruments from the Musical Instrument Museum Collection are available via a MIMEd search.


Stephanie (Charlie) Farley

Open Educational Advisor, EDE