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Lusty Broadside Ballads & Playford Dances from 17th Century England / City Waites, Lucie Skeaping

Album Summary

>Playford, John : Bobbing Joe
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Brooms for Old Shoes, song
>D'Urfey, Thomas : The Traders Medley, ballad
>Anonymous, English : The Kind Country Lovers (Diddle Diddle), broadside ballad (Pepys Collection)
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : We be soldiers three, madrigal
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Tomorrow the Fox Will Come to Town
>Anonymous, English : My Dog and I, broadside ballad
>Playford, John : Merry, Merry Milkmaids
>Playford, John : The English Dancing Master
>Playford, John : The Northern Lasse's Lamentation
>Anonymous, English : The Jovial Broom Man, broadside ballad (a.k.a. "The Slow Men of London"; tune of Jamaica)
>Traditional, English : Work(s)
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Yonder Comes a Courteous Knight (The Baffled Kight), for 4 voices
>Traditional, English : Paul's Wharfe, dance (Playford's English Dancing Master, 1651)
>D'Urfey, Thomas : Tobacco Is an Indian Weed, ballad
>D'Urfey, Thomas : You Lasses and Lads, ballad
>D'Urfey, Thomas : Jockey's Lamentation, ballad
>Traditional, English : Blue Cap, traditional dance melody (Playford's English Dancing Master, 1651)
>Anonymous, English : The Crost People, broadside ballad (a.k.a. "A Good Misfortune" and "The Crost Couple") (Roxburghe Co
>Traditional, English : The Farmer's Curst Wife, folk song
>D'Urfey, Thomas : Lumps of Pudding (from the collection "Wit and Mirth or Pills to Purge Melancholy")
>Traditional, English : The Broom of Cowdenknows, folk song
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Notes & Reviews:

Early music ensemble City Waites are authorities in the vernacular music of the taverns and countryside of 16th and 17th century England, with informed performances on period instruments. They are directed by Lucie Skeaping, herself a highly recognized expert and performer of early music and a weekly presenter on BBC Radio 3; her books, tours, and collaborations have all been met with great applause. Alto is proud to issue this remarkable and succesful album of 25 songs, available on budget CD for the first time. No fusty relics, these songs will make the listener want to sign along.

'City Waites give us a taste of the broadside ballad culture which pervaded the Restoration years and instrumental numbers from well-known anthologies like Playford's Dancing Master, whilst other numbers have been dredged up straight from the 17th-century gutter.'- Gramophone

'Nearly flawless: singing is not flashy, but genuinely well executed ... playing is solid and infectious ... songs are well selected and intelligently ordered - as if it could have been plucked from a tavern 350 years ago. Throughout, there is an infectious joy expressed in the four-part harmonies. There are songs here that make the listener want to jump and dance a merry jig.' - MusicWeb

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Aosis Studio, Chalk Farm, London (1992); The Premises, Hackney (1992); Aosis Studio, Chalk Farm, London (1995); The Premises, Hackney (1995).

Includes medley of three branles: branle (gervaise) / branl by various composers.



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>Playford, John : Bobbing Joe
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Brooms for Old Shoes, song
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>D'Urfey, Thomas : The Traders Medley, ballad
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : The Kind Country Lovers (Diddle Diddle), broadside ballad (Pepys Collection)
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : We be soldiers three, madrigal
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1611

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Tomorrow the Fox Will Come to Town
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : My Dog and I, broadside ballad
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.

>Playford, John : Merry, Merry Milkmaids
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Playford, John : The English Dancing Master
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Playford, John : The Northern Lasse's Lamentation
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : The Jovial Broom Man, broadside ballad (a.k.a. "The Slow Men of London"; tune of Jamaica)
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, English : Work(s) :: Nine Pins / Jenny Pluck Pears / Half Hanekin
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : Yonder Comes a Courteous Knight (The Baffled Kight), for 4 voices
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, English : Paul's Wharfe, dance (Playford's English Dancing Master, 1651)
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>D'Urfey, Thomas : Tobacco Is an Indian Weed, ballad
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>D'Urfey, Thomas : You Lasses and Lads, ballad
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>D'Urfey, Thomas : Jockey's Lamentation, ballad
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, English : Blue Cap, traditional dance melody (Playford's English Dancing Master, 1651)
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : The Crost People, broadside ballad (a.k.a. "A Good Misfortune" and "The Crost Couple") (Roxburghe Co
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, English : The Farmer's Curst Wife, folk song
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.

>D'Urfey, Thomas : Lumps of Pudding (from the collection "Wit and Mirth or Pills to Purge Melancholy")
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, English : The Broom of Cowdenknows, folk song
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.

>Traditional, English : Work(s) :: The Chirping of the Lark / Parsons Farewell
  • Performers: Dave Chatterley; Ian Gammie (Violin); Robin Jeffrey (Lute); Mike Sargeant
  • Conductor: Lucie Skeaping
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.