Sunday, 19 April 2009

Soundtrack to the English Civil War

While on the subject of the English Civil War an album that was around during my days as a Roundhead was the excellent 'For King and Parliament' by Tarleton's Jig (1986). It's a collection of 'Popular music from the English Civil Wars 1640-60' and is performed by an early music ensemble led by Jim Bisgood. Entertaining as well as educational it has a cross-section of relevant tunes ranging from military marches played on field drums to tavern songs or ballads that really capture the flavour of the era. I don't think it's available on cd yet but it is definitely a worthwhile purchase if you see the vinyl album anywhere.

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