WAYTING FOR CHRISTMAS – THE TROUBADOURS (RVRCD69)

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THE TROUBADOURS

David Marshall, Valerie Marshall
Lee Gillett, John Mallett

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Description

1 VENI EMANUEL SUSSEX CAROL 3’.39″
2 THE ANGEL GABRIEL 1’.28″
3 THE COMING OF THE MAGI PERSONENT HODIE 4’.34″
4 ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY DING DONG MERRILY 4’.33″
5 GUILLO PRANS TON TABOURIN 3’.01″
6 GABRIEL FRAM HEAVEN-KING
2’.43″
7 VOULES AUSI LA VERITA IN DULCI JUBILO 4’.12″
8 NOSTO DAMO AQUESTO NIUE RIU RIU CHIU (Our Lady will help us!) 4’.51″
9 PASTRE PLACAS VOSTE TROUPÈU COURRÈS BREGADO (Shepherds calm your flocks) 4’.41″
10 QUAN LI BERGIÉ
2’.39″
11 PAVEN (The Joys of Christmas) GALLIARD (The Merry Robin)
3’.19″
12 ENTRY of THE WAYTES FANFARE: “Wassail” A BRUEGEL CHRISTMAS 4’.03″
13 GOOD KING WENCESLAS – THE SEVEN JOYS OF MARY
4’.46″
14 GLOUCESTERSHIRE WASSAIL COME TO THE MANGER 5’.49″
15 LA FUGIDO EN EGITO
16 COVENTRY CAROL 2’.18″

NOTES

CAROLS AND FESTIVE MUSIC PLAYED ON HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS.

Carols bring with them their own moods, pictures and personal associations. The stock is vast, so we have chosen those which suit the instruments used. We hope you will find some old favourites amongst the selection and enjoy hearing them performed in a way which may be new to you.

It is interesting to note that many tunes known today as carols have their origins elsewhere – a catchy tune may easily be turned into a carol simply by changing the words or adding appropriate verses where none existed before. Thus, can a 16th. Century French dance tune become Ding Dong Merrily on High and a song, originally intended for Spring, find itself in the middle of Winter as Good King Wenceslas. It should also be remembered that many early carols have ‘dance’ origins – Gabriel fram Heven-King being a good example of this.

A visit from local or itinerant Waites (Waytes) was once an essential part of Christmas – hence the title for this CD. Carols and seasonal greetings would be exchanged for hospitality and ‘liquid refreshment’ before moving on to the next household! (as in The Gloucestershire Wassail)

Originally, Waites appear to have been night-watchmen but the tradition of also playing music (not just at Christmas) clearly became a profitable sideline for local musicians. A number of tracks on the recording therefore include ‘village renditions’ and, as was probably standard procedure in many cases, all carols are played in our own arrangements. Some original compositions are also included.

David Marshall 2002

BIOGRAPHY

The Troubadours
David Marshall, Valerie Marshall, Lee Gillett, John Mallett
Vocals: David Marshall, Valerie Marshall

MUSIC
Arranged and directed by David Marshall
Additional items composed by David Marshall

RECORDING – Paul Fitzgerald
MASTERING – John Mercer
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – John Mercer

ARTWORK – Alison Merry
Front Cover inspired by a roundel from the Tickhill Psalter (c. 1303-13)
Spencer Collection, Astor Lenox and Tilden Foundations, New York Public Library.

GRAPHICS – Dan Shadrake

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EARLY INSTRUMENTS/TO ORDER:
Ancestral Instruments: www.ancestral.co.uk

REVIEWS

CAROLS AND FESTIVE MUSIC PLAYED ON HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS.