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The Art of the Bawdy Song / Baltimore Consort, et al

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Aniseed Robin
>Traditional, English : Cuckolds all a-row, folk song
>Purcell, Henry : I gave her cakes and I gave her ale, catch for 3 voices, Z. 256
>Aldrich, Henry : Taking His Beer with Old Anacharsis
>Purcell, Henry : Work(s)
>D'Urfey, Thomas : Cold and Raw
>Purcell, Henry : The Miller's daugter riding, catch for 3 voices, Z. 277
>Jones, Robert (I) : Will Said to His Mammy
>Playford, John : The Old Fumbler
>Traditional, English : Walking in a meadowe greene, folk song
>Isham, John : Celia Learning on the Spinnet
>Purcell, Henry : My lady's coachman, John, catch for 3 voices, Z. 260
>Anonymous : Irish jig or The night ramble
>Weelkes, Thomas : Come sirrah Jack, hoe, madrigal for 3 voices
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Dainty fine aniseed water fine
>Anonymous : Most men do love the Spanish wine
>Anonymous : Argeers
>Playford, John : Gathering Peascods
>Ellis, William : My lady and her Maid
>Purcell, Henry : As Roger last night to Jenny lay close, catch for 3 voices, Z. 242
>Purcell, Henry : Pox on you for a fop, catch for 3 voices, Z. 268
>Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book : Ladie lie near me, for lute
>Blow, John : Tis women makes us love
>Purcell, Henry : Sir Walter enjoying his damsel, catch for 3 voices, Z. 273
>Traditional, English : My Thing Is My Own
>Cosma, Vladimir : La Boum, film score
>Desprez, Josquin : Work(s)
>Anonymous : When first Amyntas sued for a kiss
>Van Eyck, Jan Jacob : More Palatino (Van de Lombart)
>Church, John : Poor Owen
>Church, John : Where They drank
>Purcell, Henry : Come, let us drink, catch for 3 voices and continuo, Z. 245
Performers Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Through these bawdy catches and ballads, the Baltimore Consort journeys to the taverns and other social gathering-places of the real Merry Old England. Listeners may be shocked by the directness of these mostly 300 year old texts (especially those on a scatological theme). However, we must remember that in the days before indoor plumbing and pooper-scooper laws, everyday life was of an earthier flavor than it is today.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Custer LaRue (soprano); James F. Weaver , Peter Becker, Alexander Blachly (baritone); Mark Cudek (guitar, cittern, recorder); Ronn McFarlane (lute); Mary Anne Ballard (viol, fiddle); Larry Lipkis (viol, recorder); Chris Norman (flute, pennywhistle); Webb Wiggins (virginal, tambourine).

Recording information: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY (10/1990).

Splitting its time between the Baltimore Consort and the Merry Companions, as well as their various guest performers, Art of the Bawdy Song is a series of traditional -- some even medieval -- folk songs covering all the major illicit physical pleasures: smoking, drinking, and, especially, sex. The overall tone of the performances isn't quite as lustily exuberant as one might imagine, but there's still plenty of bawdiness to keep things engaging. ~ Steve Huey



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>Anonymous : Aniseed Robin
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Notes: Source: English Dancing Master 1651
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, English : Cuckolds all a-row, folk song
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Notes: Source: English Dancing Master 1651.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : I gave her cakes and I gave her ale, catch for 3 voices, Z. 256
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Aldrich, Henry : Taking His Beer with Old Anacharsis
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine); Mary Ballard (Viola); Mark Cudek (Cittern); Mark Cudek (Recorder); Robert McFarland (Lute); Chris Norman (Flute); Webb Wiggins (Virginal); Lorenzo Labbrobaccio
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Work(s) :: Fye nay prithee John
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>D'Urfey, Thomas : Cold and Raw
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : The Miller's daugter riding, catch for 3 voices, Z. 277
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1686
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Jones, Robert (I) : Will Said to His Mammy
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Playford, John : The Old Fumbler
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Notes: Source: Pills to Purge Melancholy 1719
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, English : Walking in a meadowe greene, folk song
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Notes: Source: Bishop Percy's Folio Ms. c1650
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Isham, John : Celia Learning on the Spinnet
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Work(s) :: Tom the Taylor
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : My lady's coachman, John, catch for 3 voices, Z. 260
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1688
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Irish jig or The night ramble
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Notes: Source: Pills to Purge Melancholy 1719
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Weelkes, Thomas : Come sirrah Jack, hoe, madrigal for 3 voices
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Dainty fine aniseed water fine
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Most men do love the Spanish wine
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Argeers
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Playford, John : Gathering Peascods
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ellis, William : My lady and her Maid
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : As Roger last night to Jenny lay close, catch for 3 voices, Z. 242
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Pox on you for a fop, catch for 3 voices, Z. 268
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book : Ladie lie near me, for lute
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Blow, John : Tis women makes us love
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Sir Walter enjoying his damsel, catch for 3 voices, Z. 273
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, English : My Thing Is My Own
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Notes: Source: Pills to Purge Melancholy 1719
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cosma, Vladimir : La Boum, film score
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Desprez, Josquin : Work(s) :: My Man John Had a Thing That Was Long
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : When first Amyntas sued for a kiss
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Notes: Source: Pills to Purge Melancholy 1719
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Van Eyck, Jan Jacob : More Palatino (Van de Lombart)
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Church, John : Poor Owen
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Church, John : Where They drank
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Come, let us drink, catch for 3 voices and continuo, Z. 245
  • Performers: Custer LaRue (Soprano); James Weaver (Bass-Baritone); Paul Shipper (Drums); Baltimore Consort; Merry Companions (Voice); Mary Ballard (Fiddle); Peter Becker (Countertenor); Alexander Blachly (Baritone); Mark Cudek (Guitar); Larry Lipkis (Recorder); Webb Wiggins (Tambourine)
  • Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Studio/Live: Studio