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An Early American Quilt

by Hesperus: Traditional & Early Music Ensemble

Early American music from colonial times to the birth of our nation. In town and village, parlor and ballroom, from the Appalachian mountains to the great concert halls, celebrate the diversity of Early American music in a musical patchwork that celebrate
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1. Noboddie’s Jig
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2. Old Simon the King
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3. Dublin Bay/Old Noll’s Jig
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4. An Scottish Dance/I Never Knew Ye Loved Me
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5. Bobbing Joe/Cuckolds All in a Row/Rufty Tufty/Parson’s Farewell
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6. Jefferson’s March/Ça Ira/the Presidents’ March
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7. Jig Divided 12 Ways
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8. Greensleeves
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9. Haste to the Wedding/the Priest in His Boots/Off She Goes
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10. Barbara Allen
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11. Prelude/La Catherine
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12. Pavan/the Night Watch
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13. Stingo
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2:00 $0.99
14. Fortune My Foe
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15. New Year’s Eve
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16. New Jerusalem
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17. La Luxillier/La Balanje
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18. Go from My Window
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2:10 $0.99
19. Trio Sonata #5 in D Major
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20. Merry Milkmaids
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Album Notes
"Hesperus is a cutting-edge consort. The performers are consummate musicianswith unqualified command of their instruments who give us a performance thatis thrilling from beginning to end." - AMERICAN RECORDER MAGAZINE

MUSICIANS Musicians:

HESPERUS: Tina Chancey, Director, fiddle, viola da gamba, recorder (1-3,5-9,11-20); Scott Reiss, Founder, recorders, Irish whistle, hammered dulcimer (2,5,6,9,11,16,17,19,20); Grant Herried, lute, guitar, theorbo, recorder (1-4,8-9,11-15,17-18); Mark Cudek, cittern, baroque guitar (5,6,20); Robert Eisenstein, viola da gamba, recorder (6,6,19,20); Peter Marshall, harpsichord (6,16,19,20).

Guest Musicians:

Melissa Weaver Dunning, traditional singer (10,16); HESPERUS Shape-Note Chorus (16); Bonnie Rideout, Scottish fiddle (9);Maggie Sansone, hammered dulcimer (1,8); William Taylor, bray harp (2,9); Philippe Varlet, Irish fiddle (9).

Track Information and music souce information:

1. *Noboddie's Jig,John Playford: Dancing Master (1651-1728) • 3:26

2. Old Simon the King

John Walsh: Division Flute (1707) • 3:15

3. Dublin Bay/Old Noll's Jig

John Playford: Dancing Master (1651-1728) • 2:22

4. A Scottish Dance/I Never Knew Ye Loved Me,Rowallan Lute Book (1620) • 3:04

5. Bobbing Joe/Cuckolds All in a Row/Rufty Tufty/Parson's Farewell--John Playford: Dancing Master (1651-1728) • 7:09

6. Jefferson 's March/Ça Ira/The Presidents' March--
Traditional/French Traditional/Philip Phile • 4:10

7. Jig Divided 12 Ways--John Playford: Apollo's Banquet (1669-90) • 2:56

8. *Greensleeves --Traditional • 2:06

9. Haste To The Wedding/The Priest In His Boots/Off She Goes --Benjamin Carr: First Book of Cotillions (1801)

Irish traditional • 3:55

10. Barbara Allen--Traditional song • 4:24

11. Prelude/La Catherine--Anon French/John Playford: Apollo's Banquet (1669-90) • 3:11

12. Pavan/The Night Watch--Anthony Holborne (17th c. England ) • 5:43

13. *Stingo --John Playford: Dancing Master (1651-1728) • 1:57

14. *Fortune My Foe --(16th c. England ) • 5:35

15. New Year's Eve --John Playford: Dancing Master (1651-1728) • 2:19

16. New Jerusalem --Sacred Harp (18th c. America ) • 2:09

17. La Luxillier/La Balanje--Benjamin Carr: First Book of Cotillions (1801) • 2:26

18. Go From My Window --John Dowland (16th c. England ) • 2:08

19. Trio Sonata #5 in D major: --Largo et Amoroso-Allegro

Thomas Arne (18th c. England ) • 2:27

20. Merry Milkmaids --John Playford: Dancing Master (1651-1728) • 1:40



A patchwork quilt is the ideal metaphor for British Colonial America from 1607-1776; a ragbag of territories populated by a broad range of colorful characters, all with different values, experiences and goals. In the same way, a quilt is also the perfect image for the music the colonists played and enjoyed-a wildly diverse patchwork, that pieced together musical traditions of the English, Irish, Scottish and French, with an eventual appliqué of new sounds from the budding Republic. An Early American Quilt adds a Double Wedding Ring pattern to this quilt motif, doubly extending our timeframe with earlier repertoire from the cusp of the 17th century (the Jamestown era) as well as with earlier performances--selections from a ground-breaking live concert marking HESPERUS' first crossover of chamber and folk styles. This recording includes Playford country dances, cotillions (18th c. French ancestors of our modern square dances), divisions (variations over a repeating bass), marches and virtuosic instrumental solos. Two vocals are featured: a stunning version of the traditional ballad Barbara Allen—listen for the chapel bell that unexpectedly tolls just at the right time and in the right key; and the lively, stylish performance of New Jerusalem (a ‘sacred harp' or ‘shape note' hymn--one of the earliest authentically American choral genres). We also present a few tasteful movements from an 18th century trio sonata by Thomas Arne, and two dances by Queen Elizabeth's court composer, Anthony Holborne. It's a real treat to hear Scott in 1985, only in his early 30s, but already demonstrating his skill in an exuberant performance of The Merry Milkmaids. Something new: improvisations by Tina, Grant and guest artist Maggie, over Noboddie's Jig, Stingo, Greensleeves, and Fortune my Foe. And, with a few favorite “scraps” from our other Maggie's Music CDs our quilt is complete. What holds it together? According to Mike Joyce, “As for the common thread running though this musical quilt, it's easy enough to spot, thanks to the finely honed artistry and rapport consistently displayed by all of the performers.” Enjoy! - Tina Chancey (Director)

HESPERUS one of the nation's first and most important performers of “chamber folk” music, bringing the energy and spirit of traditional music to virtuoso performances on an impressive array of folk and early music instruments. The ensemble has performed Early American music in residence at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Thomas Jefferson's historic Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg. An Early American Quilt is 4th in a series of HESPERUS' Early American music recordings on the Maggie's Music label.

Live and recorded sources:

• Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18: recorded by James Robeson, Bias Studios, Springfield , VA. (2007). Tina Chancey (TC), Grant Herreid (GH), with Maggie Sansone.

• Tracks 11 & 17: COLONIAL AMERICA (Maggie's Music, MM227, 2003). TC, GH & Scott Reiss (SR).

• Tracks 2 & 9: CELTIC ROOTS (Maggie's Music, MM220,1999). TC, GH, SR with Bonnie Rideout, Philippe Varlet & William Taylor.

• Track 5: EARLY AMERICAN ROOTS (Maggie's Music, MM116,1993).TC, SR & Mark Cudek (MC).

• Track 6, 10, 16, 19, 20 – from a live concert recorded by Paul Blakemore, Georgetown University/Gaston Hall (1985). TC, MC, SR, Robert Eisenstein & Peter Marshall with Melissa Weaver Dunning & the HESPERUS Shape-note Chorus.


Producer: Tina Chancey; Executive Producer: Maggie Sansone; Mastering engineer: Charlie Pilzer, Airshow Mastering, Springfield , VA ; CD Booklet: design: Amy White, Fairewood Studios, Fairview , NC ; Artist photo: Thomas Radcliffe, Point of View Studio;Quilt photos: Amish Paper Bag Lone Star Wall Hanging, John Volt, www.amishcountrylanes.com

The Washington Post Review (2003)...HESPERUS "Colonial America"

An argument could be made that Hesperus, in addition to being an award-winning early music ensemble, is in the travel business, transporting listeners across time zones that reach into the distant and murky past. "Colonial America," the trio's latest CD, supports that view with verve, charm and finesse. Its 18 tracks form a patchwork portrait of a budding Republic vividly influenced by English, Irish, Scottish and French musical traditions. Well known for making delightfully evocative use of period instruments, Hesperus deftly conjures another time and place time and again, resurrecting Celtic hornpipes, jigs and odes, English country dances and French cotillions along the way. Not all the music is imported. Shape note hymns, played on recorders, point to the birth of a genuinely American genre and create a harmonically tart and resonant interlude. As for the common thread running though this musical quilt, it's easy enough to spot, thanks to the finely honed artistry and rapport consistently displayed by Tina Chancey (fiddle, viola da gamba and recorder), Scott Reiss (recorders and pennywhistle) and Grant Herried (lute, guitar, theorbo and recorder). - Mike Joyce



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