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Sleeve Notes for John Playford's Secret Ball by Belshazzar's Feast

John Playford's Secret BallThis album is a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the first edition of John Playfords The English Dancing Master.  Most of the tunes are from this edition and there are also a few corkers from later editions.  Belshazzars Feast consists of virtuoso accordion player, Paul Hutchinson, formerly of the Old Pull and Push Band, and the talented classically trained singer and multi-instrumentalist, Paul Sartin. Belshazzars are joined by bassoon, trumpet and English concertina, providing an amazingly rich, subtle and varied tapestry of musical textures and arrangements

Track Notes


1 Maiden Lane




2 Parsons Farewell




3 Goddesses




4 The Garland




5 Mundesse




6 Bobbing Joe




7 Jennie Pluck Pears




8 Cuckolds All a Row




9 The Fits Come on Me Now




10 London Gentlewomen




11 The Maid Peeped Out at the Window




12 Parson Upon Dorothy




13 Gathering Peascods




14 The Old Mole