From The Library… English Country Dance II

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 28 November, 2007

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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