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    Anyone have a any good suggestions for traditional English music?Its funny, you can find gobs and gobs of Scottish and Irish music in the Celtic sections, but English music doesnt get any love.  I'm sure there has to be some, right?

  • #18522


    …maybe not.

  • #18523


    Yes!  Check out anything by Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, or Ralph Vaughn Williams.  They were modern composers (19th-20th century) who wrote great works based upon traditional English melodies.  Their works are absolutely beautiful.  For Percy Grainger (he was Australian, though his works are considered distinctly English), I recommend Lincolnshire Posy and Country Gardens.  For Holst, really anything he wrote has a very English sound.  He is famous for his orchestral work “The Planets”, in which he dedicates a movement to each planet in our solar system, excepting Earth and Pluto (which had not been discovered at the time).  The movement for Jupiter has a middle melodic section that later was taken and put to patriotic words and used as a British patriotic song.  And for Vaughn Williams, a good number of his solo vocal works are just re-arranged English folk songs to be sung with piano accompinament.  Also, Vaughn Williams's “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” is considered an English classic, as well as just an incredibly beautiful piece of music.  You can't go wrong with any of these guys  ;D Hope that helps!  If you are looking for something a bit earthier, I will try to help as well.

  • #18524


    Thanks Jacob, these are nice.  I will pick a few of these up on itunes.  Anyone else? 

  • #18525


    Here are some 'earthier' albums you can check out on the internet:  Pass the Jug Round (trad songs from Cumberland recorded in the 1950s);  Good Order! Ladies and Gentlemen please  - trad singing from The Eel's Foot in Eastbridge Suffok  (recorded in the 1930s and 40s);Old Swan Band (Morris and English country dancing) This band started in the '70s and may still be playing for dances.  The album I have includes 2 stories by a couple of old timers with an accent so thick you could cut it with a froe.  You may also be interested in the English Folk Dance and Song Society.  This website links to the Ralph Vaughn Williams library.

  • #18526


    Not recordings, but you could check out the English Dancing Master, it's a book from the 17th century of dances, and includes songs. There are likely many recordings of those songs out there. I know them mostly from the context of doing English Country Dances.

  • #18527


    Fairport Convention Lief and Liege is a great album of traditional English and Celtic music; Matty Groves is an excellent C17th ballad and you really get a feel of how stupid it would be to shag a nobleman's wife and get caught!

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