The Alehouse Sessions | Rubicon RCD1017

The Alehouse Sessions


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Label: Rubicon

Cat No: RCD1017

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 9th June 2017



Bjarte Eike (violin)


Bjarte Eike (violin)


'The Alehouse Sessions', curated and devised by Bjarte Eike, is an evolving insight into the music of the English 17th-century tavern. It shines light onto this tumultuous period through Purcell overtures, English sea shanties and Scandinavian folk songs, thrown in for good measure, brilliantly evoking the atmosphere of a raucous port pub in the 1690s. These sessions have already been hailed as "irresistible" (The Times), "superb" (The Scotsman) and "fabulously unrestrained" by The Guardian, "creating the effect of a late night jamming session,” said BBC Music Magazine.

"The signature of this project is the interaction on stage between the players and the audience... drawing its inspiration from the Shakespearian theatre where there was a direct communication between stage and hall,” says Bjarte Eike.

1. Wallom Green - from The English Dancing Master 1651 (John Playford 1623-1686)
2. Curtain tune - from Timon of Athens (Henry Purcell 1659-1695)
3. Lead me - Oh! Lead me to some peaceful gloom (Purcell) + Italian Rant (EDM)
4. Haul Away Joe - trad. English sea shanty
5. Johnny Faa - trad. Scottish tune 17th century
6. The hole in the wall - Hornpipe from Abdelazer (Purcell)
7. Virgin Queen set - Virgin Queen + Stingo + Bobbing Joe (EDM)
8. Pass around the grog - trad. sea shanty
9. Travel set: Springar fra Bjerkreim (Norwegian), Kat. Oggie (Scotland), Contillion (Mestmachers collection, Norway), Første brudestyk ́(Danish wedding tune), The Shaalds o’Foula (trad. Shetland)
10. I drew my ship into the harbour – trad. English ballade 19th century
11. Carolan’s Cup - Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738)
12. The Canadian set - trad. Canadian Reels, aka 'La traversée' after the band Le Vent du Nord
13. Leave her Johnny - trad. English sea shanty

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