This one-off project was conceived in 2001 by violinist Mark Emerson (b. 15 August 1958, Ruislip, Middlesex, England) to mark the 350th anniversary of John Playford’s The English Dancing Master, a work comprising music and instructions for English country dances. Emerson had previously explored Playford’s book as a member of the fondly regarded Pyewackett, and he was joined in this new project by two acclaimed folk musicians, button accordionist Andy Cutting (b. 18 March 1969, Harrow, Middlesex, England) and double bass player Tim Harries (b. England). Released by the Beautiful Jo label in summer 2001, Cast A Bell was a bold and inventive recording that served to reintroduce Playford’s work to the twenty-first century.
Cast A Bell (Beautiful Jo 2001) ٭ ٭ ٭ ٭