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The Baltimore Consort

Tunes from the Attic

  • Joyne Hands
  • You Lasses and Lads
  • Jenny, My Blithest Maid
  • Johnny Cock Thy Beaver
  • Pavan/Galliard
  • The Mermaid's Song
  • The Old Maid of the Mill Dust
  • The Northern Lasse's Lamentation
  • Well Hall
  • The Jewes Dawnce
  • Come Love, Let's Walk
  • Green Garters
  • The Irish H0-Hoane
  • The Irishe Dumpe
  • Oh! How Happy's He
  • Callino
  • Joy to the Person of My Love
The Baltimore Consort
Dorian DOR-90235
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Lives up to its name. It might as well have been called "Tunes from Previous CDs." This traditional-folk and early-music group from Baltimore includes two songs from its previous releases among the gamut of country-dance arrangements and 17th- and 18th-century broadside ballads found here.

A bright light is "The Irish Ho-Hoane," on treble viol, wooden flute, lute, cittern and bass viol. It revives a wispy, wistful connection to the past – including when the Baltimore Consort had fresher material. "Joy to the Person of My Love" closes this CD, as it did the group's 1990 "Banks of Helicon" CD. It's a pleasant mournful lament for lost love, but the group needs to move on, else they risk a stale rehash of past glory.

Still, there are enough crisp instrumentals like "Joyne Hands" and sensitively accompanied vocals, sung cleanly and clearly, such as "You Lasses and Lads" to make the program worthwhile. Also, the sly bawdy humor of "Jenny, My Blithest Maid" will give listeners a spicy sense of 17th-century burlesque.

Copyright © 1997, Mark Longaker