The Parting Glass originated in Scotland in the 17th century, and made its way over to Ireland with Scottish settlers in the early 19th century. As with most songs of this age, many different versions appeared in print, in various broadsheets and ballad collections.
Its popularity in more recent times stems from a delicate 1959 recording by Irish folk revivalists The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. It was later picked up by The Dubliners and became a staple of their repertoire, performed in their rather lustier style. The Pogues turned it into a real drinking song in the 1980s.
The most thigh-slappingly blokeish verse ('Her rosy cheeks, her ruby lips...') clearly presents a challenge for female singers of the song. Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys leave it out, Irish singer Cara Dillon substitutes a verse from an older traditional version of the song, and Sinéad O'Connor just sings it anyway.
Sunday 26 November
North Bristol Arts Trail, St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT. 4.15-5.45
Saturday 9 December
Charity Carol Singing, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday 11 December
Radio Bristol / Bristol Post Carol Concert (Lord Mayor's appeal), Colston Hall, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 16 December
A Gurt Noel (our official do), St Albans Church, afternoon rehearsals, concert at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 22 December
Carol Singing, Bristol Heart Institute, BRI, 12.30-1.30 pm
25 February 2018
Innovation 216, St Georges (Morning)
28 February and 1 March 2018
The Hall on the Hill, St Georges
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All
2 - 6 May 2018
Calella Festival, Costa de Barcelona
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges