Dapper's Delight - Adrian Brown, anglo concertina and Susanna Borsch, recorder - is a duo formed to explore the dance music and songs of the period 1550-1750, particularly pieces that are found in both high and low cultural sources. Their current interest lies with the rich repertoire of 17th century English tune books and broadside ballads, which they feel, form a bridge between ‘art’ and ‘folk’ music, modern categorisations which would never have been applied to music at that time. Dapper’s Delight use small scale and highly portable instrumentation which they feel is very effective for this repertoire. In the summer of 2011, they recorded their first CD "Indoors".
A recorder virtuoso familiar with both contemporary and early music, Susanna Borsch is one of the few instrumentalists able to bridge both styles of music with complete ease. Her first solo CD “off-limits” (2006) featured many new works for recorder and live-electronics written especially for her. Her new music-theatre programme “Susie, tell me a Story!” is a continuation of this passion.
Her ensembles: Mezzaluna (Renaissance polyphony); ELECTRA (all-female modern music ensemble); recorder quartet Brisk; Dapper’s Delight (recorder and anglo concertina). Her website: www.susannaborsch.com
A musical instrument maker by calling, Adrian Brown has conducted extensive research into the history of the recorder, measuring many original instruments and making reconstructions. He has also taken classes in 16th and 17th century performance practice with Peter van Heyghen, with whom he has had a collaborative relationship for many years, and has written several organological studies. He has played various free-reed instruments since his teenage years and has subsequently specialized on the anglo concertina. He took concertina lessons with John Watcham, the renowned English morris musician, and has given courses himself, both privately and under the umbrella of the German Concertina Meeting. His website: www.adrianbrownflutes.com
The name "Dapper's Delight" is a reference to the Dutch humanist and armchair explorer Olfert Dapper (ca. 1635 - 1689) who despite never having travelled outside Holland published several geographical tomes, amongst which Description of Africa (1668) is still a key text for Africanists. A famous Amsterdam street market is named after him and it was here that the duo first performed in 2009.
Mike Harding Show, Radio 2 (UK)
"Well, that was a sweet bit of playing there, I hope that has put a little spring in your step, that was Dapper's Delight..." © Mike Harding