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The Compleat Dancing Master

John Kirkpatrick & Ashley Hutchings: The Compleat Dancing Master (Island HELP 17)

The Compleat Dancing Master
John Kirkpatrick & Ashley Hutchings

Island HELP 17 (LP, UK, June 1974)
Antilles AN 7003 (LP, USA, 1976)
Hannibal HNBL 4416 (LP, UK, 1984)
Carthage CGLP 4416 (LP, USA, 1984)
Fledg'ling Records FLED 3038 (CD, UK, October 7, 2002; re-released January 18, 2010)

John Kirkpatrick & Ashley Hutchings: The Compleat Dancing Master

Album compiled and produced by John Kirkpatrick and Ashley Hutchings;
Engineered by Vic Gamm at Sound Techniques and Air Studios, London;
Mastering by John Smith at Apple;
Album cover designed by Dennis Evans at Devonshire Studios

Personnel

John Kirkpatrick & Ashley Hutchings
with Philip Pickett, Bert Cleaver, Simon Nicol, Roger Swallow, Rod Skeaping, Jeremy Montagu, Dave Mattacks, Gary Watson, Bernard Hepton, Francis Baines, Sue Harris, Richard Harvey, Adam Skeaping, Alan Lumsden, Sarah Badel, Terry Potter, Dave Kettlewell, Alan Ward, Fanny Warnock, Peter Knight, Michael Hordern, Ray Warleigh, Michael Gough, Alec McCowen, Ian Ogilvy, Elisabeth Baines, Loni Patt, Peter Vel

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Beginning of the World (1.45)
  2. The Romaunt of the Rose (1.19)
  3. Stantipes / Trotto (4.31)
  4. Histriomastix (1.19)
  5. Nonesuch / Cuckolds All Awry (2.35)
  6. The Dashing White Sergeant / The Devil Among the Tailors (3.56)
  7. Much Ado About Nothing (0.24)
  8. Haste to the Wedding / The Triumph / Off She Goes (6.32)
  1. Analysis of Beauty (1.40)
  2. Long Odds / Mr. Cosgill's Delight (2.13)
  3. Sketches by Boz (2.35)
  4. Bonny Breastknot / Double Lead Through (2.40)
  5. Barley Break / Cushion Dance (2.08)
  6. Orchesographie (1.55)
  7. The Hare's Maggot (2.42)
  8. Sir Roger De Coverley (3.11)

Sleeve Notes

The Beginning of the World

Philip Pickett, bagpipes and bass crumhorns;
Bert Cleaver, pipe and tabor;
John Kirkpatrick, button accordion;
Simon Nicol, electric guitar;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Roger Swallow, drums

The Romaunt of the Rose

Gary Watson as Geoffrey Chaucer (reading from The Romaunt of the Rose)

Stantipes

Rod Skeaping, rebecs;
Jeremy Montagu, tambourine;
Roger Swallow, triangle

Percussion Bridge

Roger Swallow, Jeremy Montagu, Dave Mattacks, John Kirkpatrick, percussion

Trotto

Rod Skeaping, rebec;
John Kirkpatrick, regal;
Peter Knight, fiddle;
Simon Nicol, electric guitar;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Dave Mattacks, drums;
Roger Swallow, tabor;
Jeremy Montagu, nakers

Histriomastix

Bernard Hepton as the Puritan William Prynne (reading from Histriomastix)

Nonesuch

Francis Baines, hurdy-gurdy

Cuckolds All Awry

Sue Harris, oboes;
Simon Nicol, electric and acoustic guitars;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Roger Swallow, drums

Oboe parts arranged by John Kirkpatrick

The Dashing White Sergeant / The Devil Among the Tailors

'Twas a very dark afternoon, and by the end of the sermon all you could see of the inside of the church were the pa'son's two candles alongside of him in the pulpit, and his spaking face behind 'em. The sermon being ended at last, the pa'son gi'ed out the Evening Hymn. But no quire set about sounding up the tune, and the people began to turn their heads to learn the reason why, and then Levi Limpet, a boy who sat in the gallery, nudged Timothy and Nicholas, and said, “Begin! Begin!”

“Hey? What?” says Nicholas, starting up; and the church being so dark and his head so muddled he thought he was at the party they had played at all the night before, and away he went, bow and fiddle, at “The Devil Among the Tailors,” the favourite jig of our neighbourhood at that time. The rest of the band, being in the same state of mind and nothing doubting, followed their leader with all their strength, according to custom. They poured out that there tune till the lower bass notes of “The Devil Among the Tailors” made the cobwebs in the roof shiver like ghosts; then Nicholas, seeing nobody moved, shouted out as he scraped (in his usual commanding way at dances when the folk didn't know the figures), “Top couples cross hands! And when I make the fiddle squeak at the end, every man kiss his partner under the mistletoe!”

… Then the unfortunate church band came to their senses, and remembered where they were; and 'twas a sight to see Nicholas Puddingcome and Timothy Thomas and John Biles creep down the gallery stairs with their fiddles under their arms, and poor Dan'l Hornhead with his serpent, and Robert Dowdle with his clarionet, all looking as little as ninepins; and out they went. The pa'son might have forgi'ed 'em when he learned the truth o't, but the squire would not. That very week he sent for a barrel-organ that would play two-and-twenty new psalm-tunes, so exact and particular, that, however sinful inclined you was, you could play nothing but psalm-tunes whatsoever. He had a really respectable man to turn the winch, as I said, and the old players played no more. …

(From Absent Mindedness in a Parish Choir by Thomas Hardy)

Sue Harris, oboe;
Richard Harvey, clarinet;
Rod Skeaping, tenor viol;
Adam Skeaping, bass viol;
Alan Lumsden, serpent;
Jeremy Montagu, side drum;
Roger Swallow, bass drum

Additional arranging by Richard Harvey

Much Ado About Nothing

Sarah Badel as Beatrice (in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing)

Haste To The Wedding

John Kirkpatrick, Anglo concertina and button accordion;
Terry Potter, mouth organ;
Dave Kettlewell, hammered dulcimer;
Alan Ward, cello;
Simon Nicol, electric guitar;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Roger Swallow, drums and tambourine

The Triumph

John Kirkpatrick, Anglo concertina;
Terry Potter, mouth organ;
Dave Kettlewell, clarinet;
Alan Ward, cello;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Simon Nicol, drums

Off She Goes

Terry Potter, mouth organ;
John Kirkpatrick, Anglo concertina;
Dave Kettlewell, piano;
Simon Nicol, electric guitar;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Roger Swallow, drums;
Dave Mattacks, temple blocks

Analysis of Beauty

Michael Gough as William Hogarth (reading from Analysis of Beauty)

Long Odds / Mr. Cosgill's Delight

Fanny Warnock, spinet;
Peter Knight, fiddle;
Simon Nicol, electric guitar;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Dave Mattacks, drums and tambourine

Sketches by Boz

Michael Hordern as Charles Dickens (reading from Sketches by Boz)

Bonny Breastknot / Double Lead Through

John Kirkpatrick, Anglo concertina;
Ray Warleigh, alto saxophone;
Simon Nicol, electric guitar;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Dave Mattacks, drums

Barley Break / Cushion Dance

Bert Cleaver, pipe and tabor;
John Kirkpatrick, regal;
Simon Nicol, electric and acoustic guitars;
Ashley Hutchings, bass guitar;
Dave Mattacks, drums

Orchesographie

Alec McCowen as Arbeau and Ian Ogilvy as Capriol (reading from Orchesographie)

The Hare's Maggot

The Jaye Consort of Viols:;
Francis Baines, treble viol;
Elisabeth Baines, treble viol;
Loni Patt, tenor viol;
Peter Vel, bass viol

Sir Roger De Coverley

Tout Ensemble!