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Bransle d' Escosse
is a French Scottish tune. William found it in a musty old book
of guitar duets. We recorded another version of this with Tania
Opland as a set with The Hunt is Up on one of her CDs.
L'Orsque J'Etais Jeune Fille is a
variation of the arrangement we played with John & Anna Peekstok
as Extra Strength Telynor some years ago.
We found this An Dro in the Big Green Book of
Breton tunes - a gift of Gary Plazyk in the Midwest.
William's been singing Dido,
Bendigo for years and years since first hearing it from
Marc Bridgham in the late seventies.
Reynard the Fox is a hybrid version put together
from the Kennedy collection of songs from the British Isles,
Martin Carthy's version and a few extra lines that came
from nowhere. It seemed only fair to present another side of
foxhunting after all the tally ho - what jolly good fun'
of Dido, Bendigo.
This reel is one of Danny O'Donnell's
unnamed tunes from the excellent collection, The Northern Fiddler.
The Widow and the Devil
was written by Mick Ryan (he calls it The Widow's
Promise) We've changed a line or two.
I Went to the Market to Buy a
Cock came to us from the wonderful Watersons
an early version of Old Mac Donald had a Farm?
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These Two An Dros in G
come from the local Breton Dances held in Seattle by the local
Down with the French
This tribute to international understanding and good will, and
peace between neighboring nations is of English origin (surprised?)
It comes by way of Tania Opland and Mike Freeman
She Moved Through the Faire
A very popular Celtic melody.
An Dro is another dance tune from the Pleuigner-Landaol
area in Brittany.
John Peekstok of Telynor wrote Watson
in honor of his seven toed cat.
Could Captain Grant
have been one of Robin Hood's poker buddies? Also heard
from Marc Bridgham's singing
The White Cockade is
a song of early English recruiting techniques and the kind of
sentiment they aroused.
Sing Ho to the Greenwood
is a classic round in an unusual arrangement. We began to hear
between the lines' on this one and it became a song of farmers
toiling in the field at the edge of a dark, wild forest
haying and hoeing while wishing to be in the cool, green woods.
William first heard John Roberts & Tony Barrands sing
'Twas in the Pleasant Month
of May. This Copper Family song is just so pastoral,
pleasant and sunny we couldn't resist it.
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Rufty Tufty is one
of the popular dance tunes we learned in Bristol, Wisconsin at
a Renaissance Faire.
Martin Carthy sang Johnny Sands,
a tale of wedded bliss the first time he came to Seattle. He
was kind enough to sing it slowly on the trip to the airport
while William hastily transcribed it on the back of an envelope.
It was a Lover and His Lass
is a bit more pastoral bliss and hey nonny nonny. Shakespeare
refers to this very song in one of his plays, so it's been
around for awhile.
Simon the King is said
to have been a dispenser of good ale and sage advice especially
on the topic of drinking.
Give us a Drink of Water is a popular slip jig
from Ireland. It seemed to fit thematically.
(Songs are traditional except where noted.)
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Felicia Dale: hurdy-gurdy, whistles, vocals
William Pint: guitar, octave mandolin, bodhran,
Tania Opland violin and vocals on The Widow
and the Devil
recorded, mixed and mastered at JB Productions,
produced by W.Pint and F. Dale
engineered by Jim "works for me"
graphics and layout by Adrienne Robineau
and William Pint
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