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“Take a short break from the Western classical tradition and settle in for this diverse offering of spirited Colonial music -- raw 18th-century Americana... captivating music... energetic performance.” - Early Music America, 2011
Fuguing tunes and patriotic ‘musik’ by New England's Singing Masters are interspersed with spirited country dances including “The Devil's Dream” and the “Witches Dance.” Works by William Billings and contemporaries, sung by the EM/NY men's ensemble, are spiked with country dance tunes played by a boisterous band of flute, violin, bass and guitar. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Reed Foundation this album is a complement to EM/NY's “Colonial Christmas” CD.
Scott Dispensa - baritone; Todd Frizzell - tenor; Steve Hrycelak - bass; Christopher Layer - flute, fife; Marc Levine - violin; Myron Lutzke - cello; Thomas McCargar - baritone; Scott Mello - tenor; Craig Phillips - bass; Paul Shipper - bass, guitar, percussion; Mark Sullivan - bass-baritone; David Vanderwal - tenor