DAPPER’S DELIGHT

Haarlem – June 2017

DAPPER’S DELIGHT

Recording session – June 2017

DAPPER’S DELIGHT

Historical Popular Music

DAPPER’S DELIGHT

Voices, Recorders and Concertinas

DAPPER’S DELIGHT

Historical Popular Music

About Us

 

 

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, Portugal and Canada.

To date, we’ve recorded two CDs on the Karnatic Lab Records label which have been well received by the international music press.

 

 

 

We Are

Susanna Borsch – Recorders, Voice and English Concertina

Susanna Borsch – Recorders, Voice and English Concertina

Susanna Borsch is one of the few instrumentalists able to interpret both contemporary and early music with complete ease. She studied at the Amsterdam Conservatorium with Walter van Hauwe. Her solo CDs “off-limits” (2006) and “Susie, tell me a Story!”  (2014) feature many new works for recorder and live-electronics written especially for her. Her other ensembles include Mezzaluna (Renaissance polyphony); the band Hexnut; ELECTRA (all-female modern music ensemble);  BRISK Recorder Quartet. Dapper’s Delight provides Susanna with the space to explore improvisation, and a freer approach to performing, in a repertoire full of beautiful melodies and invigorating dances.

Since April 2014 she teaches at the Trossingen University of Music in Germany.

Adrian Brown – Anglo Concertinas and Voice

Adrian Brown – Anglo Concertinas and Voice

A musical instrument maker by calling, Adrian Brown has conducted extensive research into the history of the recorder, measuring many original instruments, making reconstructions and has written several organological studies. He has played the anglo concertina since his teenage years and teaches the instrument both privately and at the annual German Concertina Meeting.

Olfert Dapper – Explorer

Olfert Dapper – Explorer

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

Hear Us Live

2017

16 July
Het Geluid van Oost, Amsterdam (Oost)

16 September, 20h.
Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam

13-29 October 2017 UK Tour (in preparation):

13 October
Lunch concert, Boston Spa Methodist Church

14 October
House Concert, South Shields, Tyne and Wear

16 October (to be confirmed)
Lunch concert, Christchurch, Woking, Surrey

17 October
St Peter’s Church, Cowleigh Bank, Malvern

19 October
Lunch concert, St Matthew’s Church, Redhill, Surrey

20 October
Lunch concert, St Mary-at-Hill Church, City of London

21 October
The Basement, York

22 October
Afternoon House Concert, York

Our Recordings

 

To date, we have recorded two CDs for the Karnatic Lab Record label, with a third due out later this year (2017). “Indoors“, which was released in 2011, was an album of mostly old English tunes with a few songs and ballads. Our second release “Disguisings“, from 2014, had the central theme of the Morris dance and Mummers and included a lot more songs while expanding our repertoire towards 19th and 20th century popular music.

 

New CD, to be released later this year…

New CD, to be released later this year…

Dapper’s Delight are back with a new programme of historical popular music; this time their theme is broadly tunes and songs dealing with Life, Love and Death. There are also notable incursions into the realm of the British Music Hall.

To be released in October 2017

Disguisings, released in 2014 (KLR 030)

Disguisings, released in 2014 (KLR 030)

Since 2009, Dapper’s Delight has won friends and admirers with their programmes of historical popular music played on the unlikely but earthy combination of recorder and concertina. While examining, exploiting and celebrating the multifarious ties between folk and early music, they created a personal approach that began with their debut CD Indoors. In this new collection of exhilarating dances, sensitive airs and timeless songs, Dapper’s Delight delivers a virtuosic and soulful exploration of music that once entertained both princes and peasants alike.

 

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Indoors, released in 2011 (KLR 025)

Indoors, released in 2011 (KLR 025)

The recorder virtuoso Susanna Borsch, together with Adrian Brown on the anglo concertina take a new approach to music found along the historically ambiguous border between classic and folk music in 16th and 17th century England. As Dapper’s Delight, they present their enchanting arrangements of these timeless songs and invigorating melodies.

 

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Our Videos

Here is a playlist of our YouTube videos

Our Latest News

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Dapper's Delight added 8 new photos.2 weeks ago
More photos from the Mandala Festival - three eternal hippies...
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Dapper's Delight3 weeks ago
We're playing two sets at the Mandala Festival in the Recreatiepark De Bergen, near Wanroij, next Sunday 11th of June. No info on the official website but we're performing on the 'Mind over Matter" stage at 13h and 15h30.
Time to dig that tie-dye T shirt out and come and see us...
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Dapper's Delight shared their video.4 weeks ago
New CD

We’re working hard in rehearsal this week for our first recording session for the new CD next week. Our ‘usual’ team of Robin Bigwood and Micha de Kanter will be assembled bright and early in the Haarlem sunshine next Monday morning.

Here’s a memory from recording our last CD three years ago…
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Recording day 3. Recording the Lucky Bleeders Chorus with Micha de Kanter and Robin Bigwood.
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Dapper's Delight2 months ago
Live in Berlin yesterday evening... Thanks to all for coming, we had a great time.
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Dapper's Delight3 months ago
It's been a while since we published our last video, so here's one from a recent concert:

 

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“…with feeling and from the heart.
…it has a fragility that I appreciate.
Two good musicians, beautiful repertoire…”

© E. Schilder