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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!, 9 Sep 2003
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This review is from: Old English Nursery Rhymes [CASSETTE] (Audio Cassette)
These are the songs that Grandma used to sing - and how she herself would like to have sung them. The songs are beautifully sung with charm, and not condescendingly like songs-to-children.
The instrumental accompaniment is traditional and imaginative, and the whole is a joy from beginning to end.
This recording is also available on CD direct from the Broadside Band, see [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadside Band, 5 Feb 2011
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Old English Nursery Rhymes [CASSETTE] (Audio Cassette)
Jeremy Barlow and the Broadside Band always seem to come up with an interesting concept for a recording. This recording of Nursery Rhymes is no exception.
It is a very original and interesting release.
As on other projects they have separated the programme into different sections. In this recording they have split the content into nine different sections.
Section one deals with "girls and boys" and there are seven different rhymes consisting of songs such as "girls and boys come out to play", "Jack and Jill" and "Little Miss Muffet". The second section is called "Here we go round the mulberry bush" and contains rhymes that are associated with Games and dances. For example "oranges and lemons" and "ring o roses". Then there is a section about riddles and nonsense with the likes of "Hey diddle diddle" and "Humpty Dumpty". Also there is a section associated with the "high and mighty" with songs about Oliver Cromwell and "Old King Cole", "the grand old duke of York" and "Lavender blue".
There are also songs related to cats and mice with "Ding dong dell, pussy in the well", "Hickory dickory dock", "Three blind mice" and "pussy cat pussy cat where have you been?" The sixth section deals with fortune. And the seventh deals with sheep with three songs "Mary had a little lamb", "Baa baa black sheep" and "little bo peep". The final two sections deal with Nursery Rhymes related to Food and Bedtime.

Nursery Rhymes have been around for centuries in Britain. The first collection of published Rhymes appeared in 1744. But the book Nursery Rhymes with tunes by Edward Rimbault in 1846 that came with the development of colour printing was the real start of the popularity of these Rhymes. Some Nursery Rhymes go back a long way. The song "I had four sisters over the sea" dates back to the `15th century. The Broadside Band takes the 1846 reference and the later Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes 1951 research as a guide for the lyrics. But they also have looked to other Folk song collections to gain research into the origin of the tunes. They have sourced the collections by John Playford`s Dancing Master and the Ravenscroft Deuteromelia.
The Broadside Band has skilfully matched the instrumental interpretation to the era that the Rhymes originate from. Including recorders, percussion, violins, lute, mandore, cittern, bass viol and hurdy gurdy. There is also a concertina for tunes from English Folk Tradition collected orally.
Vivien Ellis and Tim Laycock join the Broadside Band for this digital recording from 1996. The performance is lively and good fun. And the whole programme makes entertaining listening to all ages. The sound on the recording is crisp clear and full bodied and the arraignments are excellent.
This is an important recording of a section of our musical heritage.
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