From the Library: April Come She Will

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by Elrik Merlin on Friday, 27 March, 2009

In today’s programme, Soliel Snook features a collection of traditional dance tunes to bring in the new month, 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 that became ECD were developed among the gentry, influenced by the folk dances of the time.

With contributions from a number of artists, today we will be featuring some of the work of modern popularisers of these genres, including Ashley Hutchings’s, Compleat Dancing Master, which interleaves (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. Soliel also includes our fine collection of English country dance music performed by the renowned American ECD Instrumental Quartet, Bare Necessities, and kindly donated to Radio Riel by the Caledon Library. You’ll also hear the odd piece from Fairport Convention and Childgrove, among others.

From the Library is produced in conjunction with the Caledon Library; today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to it on our Main Stream as follows:

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