Cornwall’s premium post-ragtime, rembetika punk, swing polka klezmer blues trio present a new anthology of some of the most melodramatic, gruesome and supernatural broadside ballads from the 17th to 19th centuries.
These popular ballads, selected from archives by Gaskell, cover everything from funeral arrangements to cat food and rural insurrection. They were printed and sung in the Georgian and Victorian eras but have lain unrecorded and largely unperformed for the last 100 years. Indeed, many of their tunes have been lost to time, and so the words have been rearranged and re-fitted with newly composed music on piano, accordions, violin, drums, bouzouki, bass, banjo and guitar.
Taking an alternate route from traditional folk styles, this show promises a wild and yet haunting journey through a murky past to a dark future and is sure to enthral, educate and entertain both the young and the old.
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