21 Tracks: Moonlight On The Green / Scotch Tune * There's Not A Swain On The Plain * Rondeau * An Evening Hymn * Fantazia In Four Parts, No. 11 in G * A New Scotch Tune * Sweeter Than Roses * First Music: Hornpipe * Fairest Isle * Old Sir Simon The King * Jigg * One Charming Night * Close Thine Eyes * Jigg * Music For A While * Cassiopeia * Halos * The Plaint * What Shall I Do To Show How Much I Love Her * Aminta One Night Had Occasion To Piss * Hornpipe On A Ground.
Delving into the past is never a simple matter for David McGuinness and his indomitable early-music-meets-nu-folk group Concerto Caledonia.
But the present venture, even more than most, eludes verbal description. The group return – in the company of some starry guest names – to the territory of their 2011 Britten tribute Revenge of the Folksingers, now engaging with music by Henry Purcell in a tapestry of arrangements and creative responses which is never less than surprising.
Variations by eighteenth-century Scot James Oswald rub shoulders with the Purcell tunes they are based on, while original songs by Olivia Chaney and Ana Silvera and some literally'electrifying' instrumental contributions add to the general air of expectations confounded!
Olivia Chaney, James Bowman, Ana Silvera, Jim Moray Concerto Caledonia, David McGuinness director.
"Categorising David McGuiness's crazily mixed ensemble is pointless...Classical? Folk? Rock'n'Roll Enlightenment -style? possibly all of these." The Scotsman.
"an extraordinary display of exuberance." International Record Review.