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'Nine Daies Wonder': Anonymous

Magazine article Gramophone

'Nine Daies Wonder': Anonymous

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'Nine Daies Wonder'

Anonymous An Old Man is a Bed Full of Bones. Strike it up, Tabor/Maiden Lane. The Silver Swan. Essex Anticke Masque/Adsonns Maske. Hard by a Mighty Pine Tree. Kemp's Jig. Pavana. Can She Excuse My Wrongs. Sorrow, Sorrow, Stay. Muy Linda. Rest Sweet Nymphs. Corranto 'Lady Riche'. Unto the Temple of Thy Beauty. A la Mode de France. A Country Lasse. Since Robin Hood. Trenchmore

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments [F] SSAI02 (67' * DDD)

When in 1599 Will Kemp, great clown of the age, late a member of Shakespeare's company and probably the creator of Bottom and Dogberry among other roles, undertook the publicity stunt of dancing from London to Norwich, it seems that there were men in the land who suspected that he didn't actually do it. To this outrageous slur on my kinsman (well, maybe) we owe his pamphlet Nine Daies Wonder, in which he set out to prove himself with a description of his adventures along the way, which included enjoying lavish hospitality from Sir Edwin Rich at Thetford, being honoured by the city waits in Norwich and treading a jolly measure over the course of a full mile of his journey near Melford with a lippy lass with 'well-larded' sides. Ah, those were the days.

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments have allowed themselves to be inspired by these feats but not attempted to devise a historical musical reconstruction, as the inclusion of such un-English instruments as nyckelharpa and hardanger fiddle should alert us. …

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