We formed Dapper’s Delight in 2009 primarily to play music on the streets during our long annual cycle touring holidays. Following highly positive reactions from listeners, we decided to expand the concept into the concert hall. Our chosen repertoire focuses on the rich repertoire of 17th and 18th century English tune books and broadside ballads, which form a bridge between ‘art’ and ‘folk’ music – music that could have been performed on the street, in the tavern, at country fairs, carnivals etc. and that appears in both high and low cultural sources.
Despite our inauthentic and somewhat anachronistic instrumentation, our approach has found us friends and admirers from both the folk and early-music worlds and we have played concerts in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Norway, Portugal, Australia and Canada.
To date, we’ve recorded three CDs on the Karnatic Lab Records label which have been well received by the international music press.