Sunday, March 09, 2008

Ashley Hutchings

"The Compleat Dancing Master" 1974

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


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 hight 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 whatsomever. 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, hammer 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!

DL

4 Comments:

Anonymous Freg said...

What a wonderful album! (I have the vinyl, but no way to play it.) Thanks very much. Now if you could just find "Plain Capers" by John Kirkpatrick & Sue Harris, my life would be "compleat."

10 March, 2008 00:00  
Anonymous Oisin said...

Much obliged! Thanks a lot for this album! A welcome addition to my Hutchings collection...
Greetings, Oisín

10 March, 2008 06:14  
Anonymous Mrs.Blast said...

Thank you.

10 March, 2008 18:44  
Anonymous zoot said...

You are a star! Many thanks for the re-up - I look forward to playing this for the first time in 25 years.

14 September, 2008 05:15  

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