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Jordi SavallJordi Savall, viol

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8pm
St. Paul Church, Cambridge

The English & Celtic Viol: At Court and in Exile

One of the giants of Early Music, Jordi Savall returns to BEMF with a fascinating recital steeped in the English and Celtic traditions. Renowned for his immense musical curiosity and enthralling performances, Savall connects with the music and his audience like few others, making every concert an unforgettable experience. He joins with Celtic percussionist Frank McGuire in this journey through the folk and art songs of England, Scotland, Ireland, and across the Atlantic to Boston and rural America, offering sublime laments, animated reels and jigs, and courtly dances.

Pre-Concert Talk at 7pm

“Jordi Savall is one of the greatest living forces in the rebirth of early music.”

early music MONTH 2016

March is Early Music Month. Sponsored by Early Music America, this national campaign is designed to raise awareness of Early Music throughout the larger North American music community.

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The English & Celtic Viol: At Court and in Exile

The Caledonia Set (treble viol & bodhrán)
Anonymous: Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch (Traditional Irish)
Anonymous: The Musical Priest/Scotch Mary (Traditional Irish)
Fraser: Caledonia's Wail for Niel Gow
Anonymous: Sackow's Jig (Traditional Irish)

The Musicall Humors - Tobias Hume, 1605 (bass viol)
Hume: A Souldiers March
Hume: Captaine Hume's Pavin
Hume: A Soldiers Galliard

Hume: Harke, harke
Hume: Good againe
Hume: A Souldiers Resolution

Flowers of Edinburg (treble viol & bodhrán)
Anonymous: Lady Mary Hay's Scots Measure (Traditional Scottish)
Hunter: The Hills of Lorne

Anonymous: The Flowers of Edinburg (Traditional Scottish)
Gow: Lament for the Death of his Second Wife
Anonymous: Fisher's Hornpipe (Traditional Scottish)
Anderson: Peter's Peerie Boat

The Bells (bass viol)
Ferrabosco: Coranto
Ford: Why not here
Playford: La Cloche & Saraband

The Donegal Set (treble viol & bodhrán)
Anonymous: The Tuttle's Reel (Traditional Irish)
O'Carolan: Planxty Irwin
O'Neill: Alexander's Hornpipe

Anonymous: Gusty's Frolics (Traditional Irish)
Anonymous: Jimmy Holme's Favorite (Traditional Irish)

The Lord Moira's Set (bass viol)
Anonymous: Regents Rant (from Ryan's Mammoth Collection)
Anonymous: Crabs in the Skillet (from Ryan's Mammoth Collection)
Anonymous: The Sword Dance (from Ryan's Mammoth Collection)
Anonymous: Lord Moira (from Ryan's Mammoth Collection)
Anonymous: Lord Moira's Hornpipe (from Ryan's Mammoth Collection)

Irish Landscapes (treble viol & bodhrán)
Anonymous: The Morning Dew (Traditional Irish)
Anonymous: The Hills of Ireland (Traditional Irish)
Anonymous: Apples in the Winter (Traditional Irish)
Anonymous: The Rocky Road to Dublin (Traditional Irish)
Anonymous: The Kid on the Mountain (Traditional Irish)
Anonymous: Morrison's Jig (Traditional Irish)

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Jordi Savall, viols; Frank McGuire, bodhrán

Jordi SavallFor more than 50 years, Jordi Savall has rescued musical gems from the obscurity of neglect and oblivion and given them back for all to enjoy. A tireless researcher into Early Music, he interprets and performs the repertory both as a gambist and a conductor. His activities as a concert performer, teacher, researcher, and creator of new musical and cultural projects have made him a leading figure in the reappraisal of historical music. Together with Montserrat Figueras, he founded the ensembles Hespèrion XXI (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987), and Le Concert des Nations (1989), with whom he explores and creates a world of emotion and beauty shared with millions of early music enthusiasts around the world. One of the most versatile musical personalities of his generation, Jordi Savall's prolific musical career has brought him the highest national and international distinctions, including the order of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (France), the Praetorius Music Prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of Lower Saxony, the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia, and the prestigious Léonie Sonning Prize, which is considered the Nobel prize of the music world.

Frank McGuireFrank McGuire comes from a family of traditional musicians, and has been playing music since he was old enough to hold an instrument. His years of study in all styles of percussion have given him the opportunity to play all over the world with many truly outstanding musicians from the realms of folk, blues, old-time Americana, bluegrass, soul, gospel, and classical music. Collaborators have included banjo maestro Alison Brown, American fiddler Kate Lasaure, blues/gospel singer Lea Gilmore, and legendary viola da gamba player Jordi Savall.

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