Comic, sentimental, political or just plain lewd, the Broadside Ballads that flooded England between (...see more)
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Comic, sentimental, political or just plain lewd, the Broadside Ballads that flooded England between the time of Byrd and Purcell constitute one of the richest veins in our musical culture. These wer the pop songs of their day, distributed up and down the land, and they offer us a glimpse into the lives, attitudes and sexual mores of ordinary people. Their subjects range from The Great Fire and The Gunpowder Plot to fumbling husbands, royal gossip and the latest 'outrageous' fashions!
The ballads in this volume have once more been re-attached to their original melodies - including simple chord suggestions based upon historical modes. Singers will find a treasure trove of some of the most delightful tunes England has ever produced. Explanatory notes place each ballad in its historical context, exploring sources and the meanings of obscure words. A host of enchanting woodcuts, taken from original broadsheets, illustrates throughout. Also included is a performance-ready edition of The Cheaters Cheated, a raucous musical entertainment - or Jigge - for a cast of four singers/actors which shares many characteristics of the broadside ballad.
Forward by Andrew Motion
The Three Ravens Harvest Home Oyster Nan The Saint Turn'd Sinner Seldom Cleanly The Seven Merry Wives Of London Shameless Joan / The Old Woman Of Finsbury The Sighted Maid / The Pinig Lover An Old Song On The Spanish Armada A Ballad Of The Stange And Wonderful Storm Of Hail A Ballad Upon Tobacco The Trader's Medley / The Cries Of London The Trooper Watering His Nag True Love Requited / The Bayliff's Daughter Of Islington The Vindication Of Top-Knots And Commodes When Cannons Are Roaring The Wiltshire Wedding The Winchester Wedding Would Ye Have A Young Virgin You Lasses And Lads Jigg - The Cheaters Cheated Drive The Cold Winter Away The Baffled Knight The Beehive The Bonnie Grey-Eyed Morn / The Jockey Roused With Love A Caveat For Cutpurses The Country Lass The Countryman's Joy Courage Crowned With Conquest The Courtiers Health / The Merry Boys Of The Times The Courteous Carman And The Amorous Maid The Crafty Maid / The Batchellour Outwitted The Crost Couple / A Good Misfortune Cupids Courtisie / The Young Gallant Foil'd At His Own Weapon Custard Eaters, A Warning To All Diddle Diddle / The Kind Country Lovers The Doleful Dance And Song Of Death The Downfall Of Dancing / The Overthrow Of Three Fidlers The Dumpling Woman's Delight England's Great Prognosticator The Fair Maid Of Islington / The London Vintner Over-Reach'd The Famous Ratcatcher With His Travels The Female Captain / The Counterfit Bridegroom The Gelding Of The Devil Good Advice To Batchelors The Great Boobee Gunpowder Plot Hey, Then Up We Go The Husband That Met His Match The Irish Jigg / The Night Ramble Jockey's Lamentation / Over The Hills And Far Away The Jolly Miller / The Old Wife The Jolly Tradesmen The Joviall Broome Man The Joviall Lass / Doll And Roger The Lancashire Cuckold London Mourning In Ashes Lumps Of Pudding The Lunatick Lover The Maid's Complaint For Want Of A Dil Doul A Merry Jest Of John Thompson And Jakaman His Wife Modesty Amazed / The Dorsetshire Damosel Importunate With Her Mother A Delightful Ditty Of Mother Watkin's Ale My Dog And I Neptune's Raging Fury / The Gallant Seaman's Sufferings The North Country Lovers The Northern Lasses Lamentation / The Unhappy Maid's Misfortune Old England Grown New The Old Woman's Legacy To Her Cat