The Music

We describe our music as loosely ‘traditional English’. This means it includes many tunes going back 200-300 years but also more contemporary ones. And since English music has always drawn good tunes from other places there are some items in our repertoire from other places such as France, Scandinavia as well as other UK countries. The types of tunes are often hornpipes, jigs, reels, waltzes and other dance style tunes. The repertoire is loosely defined by what gets played in the fortnightly  ‘Full English’ traditional music sessions at the Packhorse Inn, Southstoke (just outside Bath). For more information please visit the session website here.

You can hear some samples of our music here:

Vilo Primo March‘ – tune attributed to William Herschel, a famous 18thC Bath scientist, astronomer and musician:

Vilo Primo March, recorded live at Bath Folk Festival in 2013

‘Horses Brawl and La Mourisque‘ – Two French tunes, of which the first is noted as ‘Branle au cheval’ in the 17th century collection Orchesographie:

Horses Brawl and La Mourisque, studio recording

‘Newcastle and Portsmouth‘ – a pair of popular Playford dance tunes from the 18th century:

Newcastle and Portsmouth, studio recording

‘Bass Dance‘ a 16th century piece composed by (or from the collection of) Susato:

Bass Dance, recorded live at Bath Folk Festival in 2013

‘Marche des Cabrettaires‘ – a bouncy French march. A cabrette is some kind of bagpipe, so a cabrettaire is someone who plays a cabrette:

Marche des Cabrettaires, studio recording

Studio tracks were recorded by Chris Timson of Mr Punch’s Studio in Bradford on Avon. Thank you Mr Punch! Notes derive from Nick Barber’s helpful ‘English Choice’ and Wikipedia.