I have been following discussions on these forums for some time, but up to now, I never felt could make much of a contribution. Nevertheless, I thought it a little rude to suddenly stick my head up and immediately start trying to flog CDs without some kind of an introduction. I am a recorder maker (the flute, rather than tape variety) in real life and an anglo player whenever possible. I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and play in a duo with my wife, the recorder player Susanna Borsch. Some of you will perhaps remember us from the last two German concertina meetings, where I’ve given some beginner’s anglo accompaniment lessons and we’ve played some songs and dances. Our repertoire is (perhaps strangely) based around English broadside ballads, country-dance tunes and other popular melodies from the 16-18th centuries, which we feel particularly suits our instrumentation. I guess it goes without saying that we make our own arrangements, but we always try to stay true to the material, even if we do take huge liberties with it on occasion. (and probably turn up the toenails of some of our Early Music colleagues…)
I play 38 button instruments (Jeffries system) in CG, BbF and GD, to give some variety to the sound of our programmes, and to suit the style of the piece and venue (we tend to go for the CG and sopranino recorder for street performance!) Susanna’s recorders are tuned either in the same register as I play on the concertina, or an octave above, depending on the effect we want in our arrangements.
Anyway to get to the point, we’re just releasing our first CD “Indoors” and if anybody’s interested, there’s more info about us here and excepts from the CD there Alongside our versions of more typical Dancing Master and Pills to Purge Melancholy tunes, there’s also a filthy broadside version of Purcell’s “ If love’s a sweet passion”, another song from The Fairy Queen, some Italian dances from Mainerio’s Il primo libro de balli, a Giles Farnaby piece from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, a couple of “Sybells”, three hornpipes for fiddle from Apollo’s Banquet, and a tear-jerking broadside version of Dowland’s “Now, oh now I needs must part” - not to forget the wonderfully named “Buggering Oates, prepare thy neck”…
We had hoped to get it out in time for Christmas, but have just learned it will only leave the factory on the 15th of December. So it looks a bit tight to get any delivered before the holidays, but you never know!
Thanks a lot,
Edited by aybee, 10 December 2011 - 06:33 AM.