From The Library… Come All Ye – And Dance!

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by Elrik Merlin on Tuesday, 27 November, 2007

Here at Radio Riel we are very much taken by traditional dance of North West Europe and especially the Celtic Lands – it’s where many of our staff’s roots lie, for one thing – and it’s a subject we are happy to return to fairly often, with a wide selection of material in our libraries to suit.

Thus today’s programme provides a kind of bridge between the Mediæval-inspired music of yesterday and the folk and Celtic dance material we’ll be playing later in the week: and it’s quite a varied selection, ranging from dances of the Renaissance, to Playfair’s 17th Century dance book, to the odd selection of jigs and reels and a bagpipe or two, and a few quieter numbers in between so that you can have a rest. However, what you will not hear today are strict interpretations of early music. Yes, you may well hear the odd piece from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore, but it will be more in the manner of a folk performance than classical: think Ren Faire rather than concert hall.

Some of the same tunes inevitably keep turning up, of course: some of the pieces you’ll hear today date from as early as the 13th Century and have been carried tight through to the present day. You might spot more that one version of Sellenger’s Round this week, for example.

Overall, however, the point of the next few days is to have a good time. And Yule is just around the corner, with all the musical possibilities that implies (and do we have some goodies for you!).

• This programme was produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, and presented by Elrik Merlin. Listen now at, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.


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