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Why Bawdy Parts?
For those of you who have seen us at Fairs, Festivals and Museums, this collection might seem out of character with the material you're used to hearing from us.
We recorded these songs, primarily, because they were the sort of songs we had the most requests for at the time: the 1990's. As anyone who has asked us to sing one of these songs at a public event can tell you, we don't tend to honor these requests while we're working because we would like to enjoy continued employment. Therefore, this is the place to hear them!
Our criteria for choosing these songs were: each had to both illustrate and transcend it's time and all characters in the song had to want to be there. We rejected those song in which cruelty was employed to achieve desires. Our choices reflect our sensibilities.
We approached this as storytelling; when choices had to be made between musicality or clarity of story, the latter always won.
Some of these may already be your old favorites - we hope some may become new ones.
Selections 1-12 come from Thos. D'Urfrey's WIT & MIRTH : or Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1719-1720
NOTA BENE: Candlestick - A bad, small or untunable bell.
Hoyden - A romping girl.
Definitions from 1811 edition of the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Capt. Francis Grose (You should be able to figure out the rest for yoursaelf.)
This recording copyright Common Stock Entertainment 1997
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