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Upstairs Downstairs - Music From The Servants’ Hall

Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Gift Of Music   Catalog #: 1235  
Composer:  TraditionalJohn DowlandJohn PlayfordAnonymous
Performer:  Ian GilesBenji KirkpatrickSara StoweMatthew Spring,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  SerendipityBroadside BandOxford Girls' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS: Music From the Servants’ Hall Various singers, incl. Ian Giles, Benji Kirkpatrick, Sara Stowe, Jon Banks, Sarah Hill, Graham Metcalfe, Marguerite Hutchinson; Joey Oliver Band; Serendipity; Broadside Band; Oxford Girls’ Ch GIFT OF MUSIC 1235 (64:08)

This is a surprisingly delightful album of historically authentic Celtic music as probably performed by Irish servants in England during the 19th century. All of the men have clear, high tenor voices, with Ian Giles in particular reminding me of Fred Hellerman, who sang Read more with the Weavers. The two Celtic folk music bands, Serendipity and that of Joey Oliver, are far closer to the true folk style than many a commercially packaged Irish band. This is certainly not music that will appeal to those who have an aversion to such music, but even though it is not my heritage I can easily appreciate the high craft and energy of these performers. Pied de cheval has all the earmarks of good madrigal singing. My lone complaint is that the female singers, Marguerite Hutchinson and whoever the lead singer of Serendipity is, have poor diction, which makes understanding the lyrics difficult, but by and large this should not dissuade you from acquiring this album if indeed the music is your (pardon the expression) cup of tea.

FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

Coortin' in the Kitchen by Traditional
Performer:  Ian Giles (Voice)
The Lincolnshire Poacher by Traditional
Performer:  Benji Kirkpatrick (Guitar)
Written: England 
Pied du cheval by Traditional
Performer:  Sara Stowe (Soprano), Matthew Spring (Lute), Jon Banks (Harp)
Dou way robin by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serendipity
Ah Robin, gentle Robin by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serendipity
Jenny pluck pears by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Broadside Band
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Broadside Band
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
The English Dancing Master: Millisons Jegge by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Broadside Band
Trolly lolly by Anonymous
Performer:  Matthew Spring (Lute), Jon Banks (Harp), Sara Stowe (Soprano)
Trooper and Maid by Traditional
Performer:  Benji Kirkpatrick (Guitar), Paul Sartin (Baritone)
Portsmouth by Traditional
Performer:  John Spiers (Accordion), Jon Boden (Voice)
Drink Old England Dry by Traditional
Performer:  Ian Giles (Voice), John Spiers (Accordion)
Roses in Bloom by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Girls' Choir

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