Colourful interpretation of English early eighteenth-century dance tunes from the Kynaston Collection on fiddle, oboe and accordion. Played at dance tempo. This double album was re-released in 2000 from two previous single CDs.
This is an album in The Dance Collection distinguished from other tune albums since the music is played at the right tempo for dancing and played the right number of times through to make a sensible dance. Played on fiddle, oboe and accordion. There is a book of the same name containing music and steps by renowned caller Andrew Shaw and available from him. The book has facsimiles of the original music and dance notation, plus transcriptions of the music edited by Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson.
‘For here are two genuine masters of instrumental music who epitomise the virtues of restraint, good taste, understatement and not taking yourself too seriously.’ – Folk on Tap
‘Its easy to see why Belshazzar’s Feast are in such demand both in the UK and abroad. They have done country dance a considerable service by so ably ressurecting this material. They can play for my Playford any time.’ – Living Tradition
‘Musicianship of this grade is only too rare. The CD regally bounces along for a full hour, and is relaxedly exhilarating throughout. If you play or like listening to dance music, this album is an object lesson. If you like the dancing, you will probably never have heard it played this well.’ – Shreds and Patches