Our CDs are now available for ordering on line (see below). Prices include p&p. The same CDs are also available in the UK by post - send a cheque for the correct amount, payable to The York Waits, to: Laundry Cottage, 21 Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LL.
The White Rose & The Red Music from the age of Richard III Huntsup 003
'Variously serene and rumbustious pieces performed with dazzling skill… ‘The whole is an absolute delight…
The Living Tradition (issue 68)
FORTUNE MY FOE lasts 65 minutes, and has 26 tracks of mostly popular music from around 1605.
Tunes include The Hunt is up, Woods so Wild, Pepper is Black, Sellenger's Round, Grimstock, Packington's Pound, Kemp's Jig, Millfield, Greensleeves, Bartholomew Fair, Lord Willoughby, Nutmeg and Ginger, Jew's Dance, Goe from my Window, Nobody's Jig, to name a few.
As well as the usual array of instruments, we include the violin playing of Susan Marshall.
"This collection is delightful – a good blend of sprightly dance tunes and more serious works, rendered on a wide variety of instruments.... It all makes for a rich and absorbing experience." – Green Man Review, USA. To read the entire review, go to http://www.greenmanreview.com
Crions Nouel Music for the Christmas season from the chapels, taverns and streets of renaissance Europe.
The disc takes its name from a riotous Christmas celebration that took place in York before it was banned by a Puritan Archbishop in the 1570s. The recording begins dramatically with the ancient Yoole-girthol proclamation which welcomed "beggars, whores, thieves and dice players" to the city during the Twelve Days of Yule. The CD includes English medieval and renaissance Christmas music plus material from throughout Europe. Instruments include shawms, sackbut, recorders, flute, harp, lute, guitar, cittern and hurdy gurdy. The Waits are joined by the soprano Deborah Catterall who also performed with the band on its Yule Riding series of concerts. See William Marshall's programme notes. Also, see the Pictures page for more on the Yule Riding.
Just before Christmas 2004, The Yorkshire Evening Press published a review of Yule Riding in which we got five stars, whereas Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys got only three a piece! James boasted about this to the audience during our concert at York Early Music Centre and they applauded heartily. After the concert, a certain Martin Dreyer (see reviews) came to buy a CD and introduce himself as the awarder of the five stars. James, who was manning the CD sales table, thanked him for championing The York Waits and our music for many years (decades!) and in reply he vouchsafed that he was to be the reviewer for the present concert and promised a good write-up. He kept that promise.