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Our third album Vernacular is in the can! We finished recording it in July and if all goes smoothly, it will be released in November.
Our third album Vernacular is in the can! We finished recording it in July and if all goes smoothly, it will be released in November.
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We are very proud of our new album 'Vernacular' - using different studio techniques and a more direct recording style, we hope it will show our public a different side to Dapper's Delight than has been revealed in the past...

Our dilemma is in knowing how to release our new album – fewer people buy CDs these days and the whole concept of “an album” seems strangely outdated to some. Therefore we are embarking on this crowd funding campaign, as a way of pre-selling as many CDs as possible and hopefully creating an appetite for the project.

We’ve decided against gimmicks and simply want to reward people who support us with an appropriate number of CDs. Supporting our project now will work out cheaper than having a CD shipped from the main distributors, since we will take care of the postage to anywhere in the world.

If you like what we do but don’t feel you can support us financially, perhaps you’d kindly help us to get the word around, for example by sharing our posts on social media?

Vernacular generally means “of the people” and in music has a somewhat wider definition than the terms ‘folk’ and ‘popular'. Our main focus has always been on the English Vernacular - song and dance tunes from around 1550 through to, and including the 19th century music hall tradition. Where possible we like to combine oral “traditional” sources with historical printed versions and try to make our own arrangements show another side of well-known and loved classics.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Black and Grey - A tune from John Playford’s Dancing Master

2. The Ballad of Grace Darling - A patriotic song about the heroine (and possibly the first English “celebrity”) from the mid 19th century

3. Three Hornpipes - A selection of triple-time hornpipes from Playford’s Apollo’s Banquet

4. St James’ Frolick -  A 17th century Broadside ballad concerning a highly amorous London barber and his happy female client…

5. The Death Of The Royal Queen Jane - A Broadside version of this well-known folk song to a little known tune from the Baring-Gould archive

6. Four Joaks - A bunch of very different tunes from 18th century collections, all having the title “Joak”

7. Fortune My Foe – Come Live With Me And Be My Love - Possibly the most popular English song after Greensleeves, followed by its antidote…

8. Oh Oh Antonio (C. W. Murphy, D. Lipton) - An English music hall song made famous by the Australian soprano Florrie Forde

9. Sir John Barleycorn -  An arrangement of this epic folksong with a wink and a nod to the 70s prog-rock band “Traffic”

10. The Coal-Black Joke - A Scandalous 19th century Broadside that was the mother of all 'Joaks' together with two accompanying tunes

11. Lillys And Roses - Saddlers Wells – The Bashful Swayne - Three tunes taken from Henry Playford’s Dancing Master, the third edition, expanded into a fantasy for solo recorder

12. Bedlam - Cecil Sharp’s pianoforte arrangement of this beautiful folk song on two concertinas and voices

13. Oh That Gorgonzola Cheese (F. W. Leigh) - A cockney music hall song from the repertoire of Harry Champion

14. Grey And Black (M. Clarke, S. Bottomley) - A cover of a beautiful ballad by the English rock band “Tempest” from 1973

Risks and challenges

The album was recorded in The Netherlands by our proven production team of Robin Bigwood and Micha de Kanter and we have used a more direct sound than on our previous CDs, with closer microphones and double tracking on some of the numbers. This has allowed us to make arrangements of some of the tracks that we'd be unable to play live.

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