The Alehouse Sessions - Vinyl Edition

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The Alehouse Sessions - Vinyl Edition



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11th Aug 2017




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The Alehouse Sessions - Vinyl Edition

1 Wallom Green - from ”the English dancing master” 1651 (John Playford 1623-1686). Arr. BE

2 Curtain tune - from ”Timon of Athens” (Henry Purcell 1659-1695). Arr. BaS

3 Lead me - aria: Oh! Lead me to some peaceful gloom, (Purcell) + Italian Rant (EDM). Arr. BaS/BE

4 Haul Away Joe - Trad. English sea shanty. Arr. BaS/TG, Lyrics: TG

5 Johnny Faa - Trad Scottish tune from 17th century. Arr. BE

6 The hole in the wall - Hornpipe from Abdelazer (Purcell). Arr. BaS/BE

7 Virgin Queen set - Virgin Queen + Stingo + Bobbing Joe (EDM). Arr. BE/BaS

8 Pass around the grog - Trad sea shanty. Arr. TG

9 Travel set - Springar fra Bjerkreim – Norwegian, Kat. Oggie from Scotland, Contillion – from Mestmachers collection of tunes, Norway, Første brudestyk´- wedding tune from Denmark, The Shaalds o’Foula – trad Shetland.

Arr: BE/BaS, except Springar fra Bjerkreim: Helge Andreas Norbakken

10 I drew my ship - I drew my ship into the harbour – trad English ballade from 19th Century. Arr. BE/BaS

11 Carolan’s Cup - Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738). Arr. BaS/BE

12 The Canadian set - Trad Canadian Reels, aka 'La traversée' after the band Le Vent du Nord. Arr. BE

13 Leave her Johnny - trad English sea shanty. Arr. & lyrics: TG


BE = Bjarte Eike

TG = Thomas Guthrie

BaS = Barokksolistene

EDM= Playford's English Dancing Master

Barokksolistene, Bjarte Eike



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'The Alehouse Sessions', curated and devised by Bjarte Eike, is an evolving insight into the music of the English 17th Century tavern. It shines light onto this tumultuous period through Purcell overtures, English sea shanties and Scandinavian folk songs, thrown in for good measure, brilliantly evoking the atmosphere of a raucous port pub in the 1690s. These sessions have already been hailed as "irresistible" [The Times], "superb" [The Scotsman] and "fabulously unrestrained" by The Guardian, "creating the effect of a late night jamming session", said BBC Music Magazine. "The signature of this project is the interaction on stage between the players and the audience...drawing its inspiration from the Shakespearian theatre where there was a direct communication between stage and hall", says Bjarte Eike. 'The 'Alehouse Sessions' will be on tour throughout 2017.

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Katherine Cooper

June 2017

“I must admit that the prospect of a musical recreation of a long boozy session in a seventeenth-century tavern had me on high cringe-alert, but I'm so very glad I gave this a spin - the result somehow manages to feel authentic and contemporary at the same time (and had one of my most curmudgeonly colleagues dancing in his seat when he thought I wasn't looking).”

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