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The English Stage Jig / Skeaping, City Waites

Album Summary

>Anonymous : The Black Man
>Anonymous : The Merry Wooing of Robin and Joan, jig for 3 voices
>Kemp, Will : Singing Simpkin, jig for 5 voices
>Anonymous : The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate, jig for 2 voices (tunes
>Jordan, Thomas : The Cheaters Cheated, jig for 5 voices
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Today we think of a jig as simply a dance, but in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England the word was used to describe a short musical farce featuring songs, dancing and slapstick comedy. They could be satirical, sentimental, libelous, riotous and often downright obscene. These jigs all appear here in their premiere recordings. This unusual and delightfully bawdy offering from Lucie Skeaping and The City Waites gives us a unique and tantalizing glimpse of theatrical history. An entertaining cameo from Catherine Bott is among the many uproarious performances.

'These performers ... provide a fascinating, informative glimpse into what the general populace of England was enjoying ... The singing and instrumental performances are as genially accomplished as ever ... Skeaping and the Waites let in a bracing breeze' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Lucie Skeaping and The City Waites have given us several anthologies worth of enjoyably ribald fare over the years. This is their most substantial project yet ... The listener becomes an active participant, imagining the décor, the costumes and attitudes of the characters, and the frequent bouts of slapstick, all of which are enacted as lustily as one expects ... Great performances, without doubt' (Gramophone)

'Clarity of diction, inventive direction and an infectious sense of fun combine to capture the spirit of the genre' (Early Music Today)

'This is definitely a disc to keep in your car for frustrating traffic-jams or other such moments when a little hilarity would be the perfect tonic. After all, who wouldn't be cheered at the prospect of hearing Catherine Bott and Lucie Skeaping scratching each others eyes out. Laugh? I couldn't stop' (MusicalCriticism.com)

'a truly unusual program of musical comedy all recorded for the first time... These are excellent performances' (American Record Guide, USA)



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>Anonymous : The Black Man
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Written: 1673

>Anonymous : The Merry Wooing of Robin and Joan, jig for 3 voices
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Written: 1656

>Kemp, Will : Singing Simpkin, jig for 5 voices
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Written: 1595

>Anonymous : The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate, jig for 2 voices (tunes :: The Orange / Hit and Miss)
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.

>Jordan, Thomas : The Cheaters Cheated, jig for 5 voices
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1664