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English Echoes, Vol. II: More English Country Dance Favorites

by Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross

Elegant Echoes plays regularly for English Country and Regency dances and enjoys weaving together sweet harmonies with exciting rhythmic punctuation. Here's a second volume of our favorite dance tunes from elegant and smooth to bouncy and lively.
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1. Knole Park
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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2. Wakefield Hunt
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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3. Puck's Deceit
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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4. Beach Spring (feat. Bruce Edwards)
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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5. Heading for Zero
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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6. Fast Packet
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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7. The Longest Night (feat. Bruce Edwards)
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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8. Waters of Holland
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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9. Heys in Time (feat. Bruce Edwards)
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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10. We Meet Again
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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11. Two Cousins (feat. Bruce Edwards)
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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12. Slaughter House
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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13. Chestnut
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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14. La Gavre
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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15. Old Wife Behind the Fire
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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16. Barbara's Biirthday Waltz
Liz Donaldson, Colleen Reed & Becky Ross
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
English Country Dancing is thought to have taken place as early as the 16th century, but became all the rage in the 1600’s as evidenced by the flurry of dance and music publications, such as those of John Playford and others, that continued well into the 18th century.

In the early 1900’s, Cecil Sharp’s re-interpretations of historic dances sparked renewed interest. All the while, new dances are continually being devised so that today’s dance community enjoys a vast repertory of modern and old dances, with music from the 1500’s to the present.

Our second recording represents a selection of our favorite tunes offering a variety of meters – jigs, reels, waltzes, 3/2 time – and modes, from elegant and smooth to bouncy and lively. We selected dances suitable for a dance program representing a range of styles and dance formations. While designed as a dance recording, we hope you will also enjoy it for general listening.

Knole Park (1788) • We love this perky, sweet dance reconstructed by A. Simons (1961) that has become a standard. Named for the parkland surrounding Knole House, a Tudor house in Sevenoaks, Kent. Duple longways, 7x.

Wakefield Hunt (1779) • This rousing jig, reconstructed by Tom Cook in 1997, is in three parts, with a triple progression which makes for a lively, fast-moving dance. Triple minor, 5x.

Puck’s Deceit (1997) • A dance by Chris Sackett and Brooke Friendly written to the tune “Kettle Drum” (1651). Duple longways, 7x.

Beach Spring (2002) • Dance by Leslie Lasseter to the shape note melody “Come and Find the Quiet Center” (traditional, attributed to B.F. White). 4-couple set, 8x.

Heading for Zero ©2004 Jenny Beer • The tune and dance of the same name were written by caller and musician Jenny Beer from Philadelphia, on a cold winter evening when the thermometer was plummeting ever downwards. Duple longways, 7x.

Fast Packet (1988) • Dance by Bob Lilley, done to an old tune from a Thomas Hardy manuscript known as “Enrico” or ‘Jacob.” It is a sprightly hornpipe, perfect for Liz’s accordion. Duple longways, 5x.

The Longest Night (2014) • Another dance by Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett, written during the Winter Solstice, using the tune “Cog Railway” ©2011 Dave Wiesler. The music captures the feeling of a steep train ride in the Alps. Duple longways, 7x.

Waters of Holland (1975) • Pat Shaw used the tune “O Nederland let op U saeck” for this three-couple mixer. Though the tune is moderate in tempo, the turns are speedy. Three couple set, 6x.

Heys in Time (2011) • Liz wrote both the dance and the tune, “Hazelfern Jig” ©2000 Liz Donaldson. The tune is named for the street in Portland, OR where caller Mary Devlin lived for many years. Duple longways, 7x.

We Meet Again (2015) • A brisk dance by Jenna Simpson of Williamsburg, VA to the tune “Welcome Home, My Dearie” via David Johnson 18th c. collection #77. Duple longways, 7x.

Two Cousins (1993) or “Hero and Beatrice” • A dance by Wil van den Berg to “Paspie Minuet” by A.J. Vanpelt de Maastricht (1786-1824). Circle, 5x.

Slaughter House (1702) • A traditional dance assigned in 1927 by Cecil Sharp to the tune “Hey, Ho, My Honey.” Thomas Slaughter opened an establishment in 1692 that became known as Old Slaughter’s Coffee House on St. Martin’s Lane, London, hence the dance title. Triple minor longways, 7x.

Chestnut (1651) or Dove’s Figary • A traditional tune and dance with an elegant feel that incorporates the oft-used Playford sequence: Up a double, Siding, and Arming. 3-couple set, 6x.

La Gavre (1999) • Belgian dance caller Philippe Callens reconstructed this dance from the 1777 collection 2ème Recueil de Contredances of Pierre Trappeniers. This fun tune has appeared under many titles including “Albinia” c.1775, and features Liz on accordion. Duple longways, 7x.

Old Wife Behind the Fire (Neal c. 1726) • This 1990 Jackson and Fogg reconstruction is a traditional tune and dance loved by musicians and dancers alike for its driving rhythm. Duple longways, 7x.

Barbara’s Birthday Waltz ©2013 Liz Donaldson • A sweet waltz written for Scottish fiddler Barbara Saliunas’ 50th birthday, perfect for the end of a dance party. 4x.

Thank you for supporting independent music. For bookings or CD orders, please contact: Liz Donaldson at liz@us.net; www.lizdonaldson.com.

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