This is a jewel of a CD for any like me who enjoy both history and English popular music, as in music of the ordinary people. I have simply played it time and again, entranced by the first rate musicianship that brings to life songs and dances from the last four hundred years. The performers sound as if they are having a whale of a time and their enthusiasm is infectious. Lucy Skeaping's voice is a delight and together with the period instruments and superb musical arrangements this album comprises a hugely entertaining slice of history that makes you want to jump up and start making music, or failing that, play it from the beginning again! It is likely that many of these lyrics would not have been heard in salons and drawing rooms, but it certainly wasn't the rich that had all the best tunes.