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Renaissance Dance Music

by Mince Pye

Renaissance, Medieval, Gothic, Middle Eastern
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bransle 1 et 2
2:07 $0.99
2. Narenaufzug
2:38 $0.99
3. Nonesuch / Maltese Brasle
3:02 $0.99
4. Spagnoletta
2:38 $0.99
5. The Famous Saltarello
1:57 $0.99
6. Courante 98
2:58 $0.99
7. La Rosette
2:34 $0.99
8. Cantiga 166
3:06 $0.99
9. O Hole in the Wall
1:21 $0.99
10. Medieval Drum Dance
2:25 $0.99
11. Horse's Brasle
3:04 $0.99
12. Carolle
1:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the orchestra pitts of Shakespeare plays to costume balls and private parties; from dusty fields to gothic cathedrals, Early Music consort Mince Pye built a reputation upon their energetic performances, outrageous style, and high-level musicianship. Their eclectic repertoire of Renaissance, Medieval, Celtic, and Middle Eastern Music, together with their unusual instruments and colorful costumes, have dazzled audiences of all ages.

Mince Pye was formed in 1995 when Recorder player Scott Long, Percussionist and Hurdy Gurdy player Paul Ash, and Guitarist Joe Matzzie met at the New York Renaissance Festival. They began playing together, for sometimes fun and sometimes profit. The name of the group was established shortly after at a rooftop party in Manhattan where they jokingly told the audience that there would be a prize for whoever could name the group. The only name they got was "Mince Pye".

In 1996, Paul met Hammered Dulcimer player Ken Paulson, and anexed him to Mince Pye. Their first performance together was the Arkivestry Costume Ball at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, following which, Mince Pye proceeded to perform at every event that would have them; Festivals, Shakespeare plays, Weddings, Parades, and Society Events throughout the Northeastern United States, Mince Pye has managed to sell hundreds of copies of their debut album, Renaissance Dance Music, while building a fiercely loyal following.

"What we play is authentic, but I wouldn't call it pure," says guitarist, Joe Matzzie. "To me, the Renaissance was anything butpure. We take what we do very seriously; we do our homework, but just as important is the energy, and the that this music is basically ethnic music."

The loyalty of Mince Pye's fans was exhibited when they played The 1999 New York Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park. Explains Joe Matzzie, "After every set the people in the audience would come running up to us and say 'so where's your next set' and we would tell them and they would all be there. They'd follow us all over the faire!



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Charlene Rodriguez

Renaissance Dance Music
This CD is awesome! I purchased it to supplement a high school teaching unit on the Renaissance, as well as to use it during a high school Renaissance Festival, and I have to say that my students LOVE IT!!! And I do to. Way to go Mince Pye!

Kay Clover

Pye! Pye! I want more Pye!
What can I say? Absolutely wonderful! Truly magical! My feet won't stop dancing... Thank heavens for MINCE PYE! Plus, it's non-fattening!

Teresa Bosen

Excellent music! Very Fun! We love it!
The cd is full of fun Renaissance music! We love it! We thought we would just use it for our Shakespeare Festival that we do every year for elementary school kids, but we have been listening to it just for fun!!! Very cool music made by a very cool band! Thank you sooooooo much!

Francesca Forrest

Joyful, gorgeous music that you can't help but love!
I fell in love with this CD and have bought two copies to give as Christmas presents and may buy more. You feel as if you're transported to a Renaissance fair when you listen to this music; each one is magical.