From The Library… English Country Dance II

Back by pop­u­lar demand, today’s pro­gramme fea­tures a col­lec­tion of tra­di­tion­al dance tunes, some of which go back many cen­turies. Revived today in the form of Mor­ris danc­ing and relat­ed gen­res such as Eng­lish Coun­try Dance (ECD), many of the tunes are famil­iar and pop­u­lar today once again, as they were in the 16th cen­tu­ry when the dances of ECD were devel­oped among the gen­try, influ­enced by the folk dances of the time.

Once again, we will be fea­tur­ing some of the work of mod­ern pop­u­laris­ers of these gen­res, notably Ash­ley Hutch­ings, includ­ing his Com­pleat Danc­ing Mas­ter and oth­er albums such as excerpts from the Mor­ris On series, which often inter­leave (some­what mod­ernised) ren­di­tions of the pieces with read­ings from con­tem­po­rary writ­ings illus­trat­ing the atti­tudes of those in author­i­ty down the cen­turies to the pop­u­lar pas­time of danc­ing – many of which were down­right hos­tile.

In a new addi­tion this time, we will be fea­tur­ing Paul O’Det­te’s more tra­di­tion­al ren­der­ings of 17th Cen­tu­ry Music from the Pub­li­ca­tions of John Play­ford.

• 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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