Susanna Borsch: recorder, voice & Adrian Brown: anglo concertina, voice


Our 2nd CD, Disguisings.has just been released on Karnatic Lab Records. The new programme is a virtuosic and soulful exploration of music that once entertained both princes and peasants alike. There are 16th century English lute and cittern pieces, a French basse dance, Playford tunes and several versions of tunes historically associated with morris dancing. On the song front, there are broadside ballads, a part song, a 16th century smash hit, cockney music hall, and an ‘80’s pop song by Ian Dury. Finally, we’ve not shied away from more classical repertoire – our arrangement of dances as a French Suite, a lute version of The Queen’s Almain and even a 17th century organ Battalia.

 


The title, Disguisings was the name of an entertainment, popular at the English court in the 16th century, which combined dramatic and role-playing elements with music and dance. It also refers to our varied arrangements which dress up the diverse musical source material in new guises.

From January 2015 onwards the CD will also be available via Amazon, CDbaby and Itunes.

Since the release of Indoors, we’ve won friends and admirers with what has been described as the “wonderfully anachronistic combination of the recorder and anglo concertina”.  We explore historical popular music, which once straddled the modern classifications of “folk” and “early music” and forms an important part of the texture of our music history.

Interview with Dapper's Delight.

Track listing:

1.

Castleton Garland Dance or Long Morris – Nobody’s Jig          

3.04

2.

Robin Hood – Staines Morris                          

4.15

3.

Now is the Month of Maying – Month of May  

3.25

4.

Thantik – The Anticke – Les Buffons - Shepherds’ Hey (Signposts) – Pantalone – Pickelharing   

8.54

5.

Tobacco’s but an Indian Weed                       

2.55

6.

The Antic Dance – Buffoons – The Antic Dance – The Buffoon Dance/John Come Kiss Me Now  

5.16

7.

Once I Loved a Maiden Fair – Lumps of Pudding 

6.24

8.

Dance Suite from Apollo’s Banquet: A New Aire – Papse – Bore – Minuet – An Italian Ground

6.03

9.

Bathalia de 6o tom                                             

5.51

10.

The Female Souldier, or The Virgin Volunteer

4.48

11.

The Queenes Almayne: Teutscher Dantz – Almande Nonette   

3.39

12.

No Man’s Jig (Sleight Sword Dance)             

1.41

13.

A Great Big Shame

4.55

14.

There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards

2.44


Reviews for Indoors - Karnatic Lab Records KLR 025

fRoots magazine
“I’d recommend this to any readers who enjoy baroque music, Playford dance tunes, proper recorder playing, or who want a demonstration of just how versatile an instrument the anglo concertina can be.”
© Andy Turner

Het Parool (NL) **** (4 stars)
“This great CD by Borsch and Brown is an ode to the endless musical joy of yesteryear.”
© Saskia Törnqvist

Concertina World
There is plenty of musical variety in this repertoire and with the addition of songs, the scope is broader still. This is a very enjoyable CD to listen to; Dapper's Delight has a very light, but a very sure touch.
© Peter Dyson

you can read more reviews here

Interview with Adrian Brown for "Blokflutist" magazine - (in Dutch) - here