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Penny Merriments - Street Songs of 17th Century Europe

Audio Samples

>Anonymous, English : The Courtiers Health, or The Merry Boys of the Times (tune Come Boys Fill Us a Bumper)
>Anonymous, English : The Country Lass (tune Cold and Raw/Stingo)
>Anonymous, English : The Crost People, broadside ballad (a.k.a. "A Good Misfortune" and "The Crost Couple") (Roxburghe Co
>Traditional, English : I'll tell thee Dick, folk song (a.k.a. "The Countryman's Joy" and "Song of a Wedding")
>Anonymous, English : Seldom Cleanly (tune Upon a Summer's Day)
>Anonymous, English : A Merry Jest of John Thomson and Jakaman His Wife (tune Peg-a-Ramsey)
>Anonymous, English : The Seven Merry Wives of London, or The Gossips Complaint (tune Fond Boy)
>Anonymous, English : Old England Grown New (tune The Blacksmith/Greensleeves)
>Anonymous, English : Good Advice to Batchelors, How to Court and Obtain a Young Lass (tune Lili burlero)
>Anonymous, English : Neptune's Raging Fury (tune When the stormy winds do blow)
>Anonymous, English : The North Country Lovers (tune Wolsey's Wilde)
>Anonymous, English : The Lunatick Lover (tune Grim King of the Ghosts)
>Anonymous, English : The Downfall of Dancing (tune Robin Goodfellow)
>Anonymous, English : The Saint Turn'd Sinner (tune A Soldier and a Sailor)
>Anonymous, English : And Old Song on the Spanish Armada (tune Jon on/Eighty-eight)
>Anonymous, English : The Female Captain, or The Counterfit Bridegroom (tune Ladies of London)
>Anonymous, English : London Mourning in Ashes (tune In sad and ashy weeds)
>Anonymous, English : The Famous Ratcatcher (tune Tom a Bedlam)

Album Summary

>Anonymous, English : The Courtiers Health, or The Merry Boys of the Times (tune Come Boys Fill Us a Bumper)
>Anonymous, English : The Country Lass (tune Cold and Raw/Stingo)
>Anonymous, English : The Crost People, broadside ballad (a.k.a. "A Good Misfortune" and "The Crost Couple") (Roxburghe Co
>Traditional, English : I'll tell thee Dick, folk song (a.k.a. "The Countryman's Joy" and "Song of a Wedding")
>Anonymous, English : Seldom Cleanly (tune Upon a Summer's Day)
>Anonymous, English : A Merry Jest of John Thomson and Jakaman His Wife (tune Peg-a-Ramsey)
>Anonymous, English : The Seven Merry Wives of London, or The Gossips Complaint (tune Fond Boy)
>Anonymous, English : Old England Grown New (tune The Blacksmith/Greensleeves)
>Anonymous, English : Good Advice to Batchelors, How to Court and Obtain a Young Lass (tune Lili burlero)
>Anonymous, English : Neptune's Raging Fury (tune When the stormy winds do blow)
>Anonymous, English : The North Country Lovers (tune Wolsey's Wilde)
>Anonymous, English : The Lunatick Lover (tune Grim King of the Ghosts)
>Anonymous, English : The Downfall of Dancing (tune Robin Goodfellow)
>Anonymous, English : The Saint Turn'd Sinner (tune A Soldier and a Sailor)
>Anonymous, English : And Old Song on the Spanish Armada (tune Jon on/Eighty-eight)
>Anonymous, English : The Female Captain, or The Counterfit Bridegroom (tune Ladies of London)
>Anonymous, English : London Mourning in Ashes (tune In sad and ashy weeds)
>Anonymous, English : The Famous Ratcatcher (tune Tom a Bedlam)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The songs on this recording were the pop music of their day. Churned out by anonymous hacks, often working from dingy rooms at the back of London's print shops, they were printed in their thousands on crude penny broadsheets and known as Broadside Ballads. Sung, whistled and hummed in all walks of life they were as likely to be bought for domestic entertainment or heard on the London stage as pasted up on the wall of a country tavern.



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Works Details

>Anonymous, English : The Courtiers Health, or The Merry Boys of the Times (tune Come Boys Fill Us a Bumper)
  • Performer: Richard Wistreich (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Country Lass (tune Cold and Raw/Stingo)
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Crost People, broadside ballad (a.k.a. "A Good Misfortune" and "The Crost Couple") (Roxburghe Co
  • Performer: Douglas Wootton (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, English : I'll tell thee Dick, folk song (a.k.a. "The Countryman's Joy" and "Song of a Wedding")
  • Performer: Richard Wistreich (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Seldom Cleanly (tune Upon a Summer's Day)
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.

>Anonymous, English : A Merry Jest of John Thomson and Jakaman His Wife (tune Peg-a-Ramsey)
  • Performer: Douglas Wootton (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Seven Merry Wives of London, or The Gossips Complaint (tune Fond Boy)
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Old England Grown New (tune The Blacksmith/Greensleeves)
  • Performer: Richard Wistreich (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Good Advice to Batchelors, How to Court and Obtain a Young Lass (tune Lili burlero)
  • Performer: Douglas Wootton (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.

>Anonymous, English : Neptune's Raging Fury (tune When the stormy winds do blow)
  • Performers: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec); Richard Wistreich (Bass Baritone); Douglas Wootton (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The North Country Lovers (tune Wolsey's Wilde)
  • Performers: Douglas Wootton (Tenor); Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Lunatick Lover (tune Grim King of the Ghosts)
  • Performer: Richard Wistreich (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Downfall of Dancing (tune Robin Goodfellow)
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Saint Turn'd Sinner (tune A Soldier and a Sailor)
  • Performer: Douglas Wootton (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.

>Anonymous, English : And Old Song on the Spanish Armada (tune Jon on/Eighty-eight)
  • Performer: Richard Wistreich (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Female Captain, or The Counterfit Bridegroom (tune Ladies of London)
  • Performer: Lucie Skeaping (Rebec)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.

>Anonymous, English : London Mourning in Ashes (tune In sad and ashy weeds)
  • Performer: Richard Wistreich (Bass Baritone)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Famous Ratcatcher (tune Tom a Bedlam)
  • Performer: Douglas Wootton (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: City Waites
  • Notes: St. Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, England (09/05/2004-09/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.