The Art of the Bawdy Song

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Splitting its time between the Baltimore Consort and the Merry Companions, as well as their various guest performers, Art of the Bawdy Song is a series of traditional -- some even medieval -- folk songs covering all the major illicit physical pleasures: smoking, drinking, and, especially, sex. The overall tone of the performances isn't quite as lustily exuberant as one might imagine, but there's still plenty of bawdiness to keep things engaging.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Splitting its time between the Baltimore Consort and the Merry Companions, as well as their various guest performers, Art of the Bawdy Song is a series of traditional -- some even medieval -- folk songs covering all the major illicit physical pleasures: smoking, drinking, and, especially, sex. The overall tone of the performances isn't quite as lustily exuberant as one might imagine, but there's still plenty of bawdiness to keep things engaging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/1993
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479015525
  • Catalog Number: 90155
  • Sales rank: 357,334

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aniseed Robin - Merry Companions (1:16)
  2. 2 Cuckolds all a-row, folk song - Merry Companions (0:58)
  3. 3 I gave her cakes and I gave her ale, catch for 3 voices, Z. 256 - Merry Companions (1:30)
  4. 4 Taking His Beer with Old Anacharsis - Merry Companions (1:14)
  5. 5 Fye nay prithee John - Merry Companions (1:04)
  6. 6 Cold and Raw - Merry Companions (3:58)
  7. 7 The Miller's daugter riding, catch for 3 voices, Z. 277 - Merry Companions (1:23)
  8. 8 Will Said to His Mammy - Merry Companions (2:38)
  9. 9 The Old Fumbler - Merry Companions (1:22)
  10. 10 Walking in a meadowe greene, folk song - Merry Companions (4:54)
  11. 11 Celia Learning on the Spinnet - Merry Companions (1:52)
  12. 12 Tom the Taylor - Merry Companions (1:05)
  13. 13 My lady's coachman, John, catch for 3 voices, Z. 260 - Merry Companions (1:24)
  14. 14 Irish jig or The night ramble - Merry Companions (3:01)
  15. 15 Come sirrah Jack, hoe, madrigal for 3 voices - Merry Companions (2:26)
  16. 16 Dainty fine aniseed water fine - Merry Companions (1:09)
  17. 17 Most Men Do Love the Spanish Wine - Merry Companions (1:16)
  18. 18 Argeers - Merry Companions (1:49)
  19. 19 Gathering Peascods - Merry Companions (2:14)
  20. 20 My Lady and Her Maid - Merry Companions (0:52)
  21. 21 As Roger last night to Jenny lay close, catch for 3 voices, Z. 242 - Merry Companions (1:31)
  22. 22 Pox on you for a fop, catch for 3 voices, Z. 268 - Merry Companions (1:45)
  23. 23 Ladie lie near me, for lute - Merry Companions (2:52)
  24. 24 Tis women makes us love - Merry Companions (1:12)
  25. 25 Sir Walter enjoying his damsel, catch for 3 voices, Z. 273 - Merry Companions (1:15)
  26. 26 My Thing Is My Own - Merry Companions (4:55)
  27. 27 La Boum, film score - Merry Companions (0:39)
  28. 28 My Man John Had a Thing That Was Long - Merry Companions (2:15)
  29. 29 When First Amyntas Sued for a Kiss - Merry Companions (3:25)
  30. 30 More Palatino (Van de Lombart) - Merry Companions (3:46)
  31. 31 Poor Owen - Merry Companions (3:06)
  32. 32 Where They Drank - Merry Companions (0:27)
  33. 33 Come, let us drink, catch for 3 voices and continuo, Z. 245 - Merry Companions (1:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Baltimore Consort Primary Artist, Ensemble, Track Performer
Peter Becker Baritone (Vocal)
Mary Anne Ballard Fiddle, Viola, Viol
Ronn McFarlane Lute
Paul Shipper Bass, Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
Mark Cudek Guitar, Recorder, Cittern
Larry Lipkis Recorder, Viola Da Gamba, Viol
Alexander Blachly Baritone (Vocal)
Webb Wiggins Tambourine, Virginal
Custer LaRue Soprano (Vocal)
Merry Companions Ensemble, Track Performer
James F. Weaver Baritone (Vocal)
Chris Norman Flute, Penny Whistle
Robert McFarland Lute
Technical Credits
Craig D. Dory Engineer
Brian C. Peters Engineer
Mary Anne Ballard Liner Notes
Ronn McFarlane Producer
David H. Walters Engineer
Douglas Brown Producer, Engineer
Brian M. Levine Executive Producer
Garard Von Honthorst Paintings
Lorenzo Labbrobacio Contributor
Chris Norman Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A sly and rollicksome good time!

    The Baltimore Consort and the Merry Companions are full of fun in this recording, both blatant and tongue-in-cheek. Soprano Custer La Rue and the instrumentalists of the Consort are joined by a quartet of classical male singers (Peter Becker, Alexander Blachly, Paul Shipper and James Weaver) with quite a theatrical sense of humor. The two groups take turns presenting ribald tavern songs of merry old England, interspersed by light, catchy instrumentals listed in the credits as the ¿Prelewd¿, the ¿Interlewd¿ and a ¿Fresh Ayre¿. Especially amusing are the ¿catches¿ or rounds, and the new meanings that result from the staggering of words when several different verses are all sung together. It sounds silly, and is silly, but that¿s the point of it all--celebrating the ¿earthier flavor¿ of life 17th and 18th century England. My copy came with a parental advisory sticker stuck fast to the case, but my mother didn¿t seem overly concerned, and in fact enjoyed it too when I played it for her! For more fun Renaissance vocals, both salacious and serious, try ¿All At Once Well Met: English Madrigals¿ by the King¿s Singers, and ¿The King¿s Singers¿ Madrigal History Tour: Italy, England, France, Spain, Germany¿ by the King¿s Singers and the Consort of Musicke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is the essence of the English ballad

    Extremely well done. This group has captured the heart and soul of the English tavern ballad. It's gutsy, earthy and downright delightfull to hear. Best when taken before a blazing fire on a snowy eve with drink and wench well in hand.

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