a super CD ...
it's such fun ...
very, very good early music perpetrators
Sunday Folk, Radio Shropshire
The Ambassadors, the debut album from The Night Watch, was released on Saturday 9th April 2011 in Romsley, West Midlands, to a packed and enthusiastic hall. Andy and Ian put on a full show, highlighting the album’s mediaeval music in the first half and renaissance / baroque in the second, with clothes and period instruments to match. If you’d like The Night Watch to do something similar for you, please click here!
The Ambassadors was recorded largely ’live’ in the studio with minimum overdubs, overseen by early music legend Paul Baker of Diabolus In Musica. The album is available now through Paypal (you don’t need a Paypal account, just a credit or debit card) by clicking on the Paypal link above. Full track listing and sound samples are below.
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01. Viva La Musica (Michael Praetorius, Germany, 1571–1621)
02. Loues vp to the elbowes (words anon., music trad., England, 1629)
03. Ductia, Manuscrit du Roy / Ductia, Harley 978
(anon., France, c.1300 / anon., England, c.1250)
04. Sumer is icumen in (anon., England, c.1250)
… and here it is live (not on the album), with the audience singing the ground bass
05. Sellenger’s Round or The Beginning of the World / Millison’s Jigg (trad., England, 16th/17th c.)
06. Fortune My Foe (trad., England, 16th c.)
07. Branle Cassandre / Branle des Hermites (trad., France, 16th c.)
(Andy playing 2 recorders at once — not overdubbed!)
08. Grene Growith The Holy (anon., England, c.1520)
09. Stella Splendens (anon., Catalonia, 14th c.)
10. All In A Garden Green / Gathering Peascods (trad., England, 17th c.)
11. Miri it is (anon., England, c.1225)
12. Kalenda Maya (trad., France, 12th c.)
13. Bring Us In Good Ale / Ly Beus Distonys (trad., England, c.1460 & anon., England, c.1500)
14. Go From My Window (trad., England, 16th c.)
15. Viva La Musica (Michael Praetorius, Germany, 1571–1621)
Andy Casserley: voice (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15), cornamuse (2, 10), shawms (3, 13, 15), rebec (3, 14, 15), pipe and tabor (5), recorders (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15), tambourine (5), gemshorn (15).
Ian Pittaway: voice (1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15), renaissance cittern (2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 15), oud (3, 12, 15), gittern (4, 8, 9, 13, 15), hand bells and ankle bells (5), renaissance lute (6, 15).
Paul Ryan and Phil Cross sing extra chorus on Grene Growith The Holy and Bring Us In Good Ale, and ground bass on Sumer is icumen in.