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Cast A Bell BEJOCD-33

1651 consIsts of the very highly respected Mark Emerson (violin), Andy Cutting (accordion) and Tim Hames (double bass). The raison d’ętre for this trio is the 350”’ anniversary of the first publication of John Playford’s English Dancing Master which Is made up of tunes and instructions for country dancing.

They have selected nine of the Playford tunes and used them as a basis for improvisation. The tracks are in the mainly fairly long, Cast a Bell lasts sixteen minute.!

This is cerebral music and despite the exemplary musicianship I fear it will have limited appeal. You can’t dance to it!


Ivan North

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