Marcel E. from Belgium (12/03/2013), on receiving his order : «Thank you so much. I’ve received the parcel. I am delighted to have found your website. Great music, and it is so enjoyable to go through your explanations and information. Yours truly, Marcel. »
Kate G. from New Zealand (21/01/2013) : « …thanks to internet I can watch groups in France and Europe. I notice many of them fail to stress movement quality and an overall flowing impression. Chestnut obviously does. Your work really takes into account the basic requirements of English country dancing, and the result is great to watch. It really inspires one to work towards mastering dances the way you do. I am sending an order for one of your CDs and the leaflet of explanations (Les oubliées)… »
CD 1: CHESTNUT LES OUBLIÉES
Music for the dances described in Cécile Laye’s «Volume 1 des Contredanses anglaises »: Chestnut, Blackjak, Les Oubliées, Hit and Miss, Meillionen, Colereine, Waterfall Waltz, Wright’s Humour, Hole in the Wall, Polcastagnette, The Princess, Indian Queen, Madge on a Cree, Draper’s Gardens, The Wedding, Millisson’s Jig, Althea, Ou peut-être. Only a few left!
BROCHURE 1: Les Contredanses Anglaises par Cécile Laye Volume 1 (2000 edition)
This 29-page brochure describes 16 dances and includes a glossary of 35 terms as well as two articles on the main figures of English Country Dancing : J. PLayford and C. Sharp. It goes with CHESTNUT’s n°1 CD: « Chestnut Les Oubliées ».
CD 2: LE CHOIX D’AMARILLIS (out of print)
A new, remasterised edition of a 1985 cassette published by the now extinct Compagnie Amarillis (artistic director, Cécile Laye). Music for the country dances described in Volume 2 of Cécile Laye’s « Contredanses anglaises »: The Cuckoo, Nonesuch, Le Basque, Black Nag, Upon a Summer’s Day, The Mary and Dorothy, Hunsdon House, Sellenger’s Round, Freeford Gardens, Jenny Come Tie my Cravat, Lady Banbury’s Hornpipe, Confess, Adson’s Saraband, Parson’s Farewell, Nonesuch 2, Newcastle, Saint Martin’s, Graies Inne Mask, Paul’s Steeple.
BROCHURE 2 : Les contredanses anglaises par Cécile Laye Volume 2 (2002 edition)
This 58-page brochure is a new, augmented edition of the leaflet published in 1985 by the now extinct Compagnie Amarillis (artistic director, Cécile Laye), with the description of 19 dances, a glossary, many notes, historical and choreographical comments on how to render the dances. It goes with CHESTNUT’s n°2 CD « Le choix d’Amarillis » (out of print).
CD 3 : SUGAR and SPICE
This CD is as pleasurable to listen to as to dance on. As the name suggests, the dances were chosen for their contrasting tastes, colours, atmospheres. Dancers will be pleased to know that each tune starts with a chord or call phrase, that each is repeated as fits the choreography and that each time, the tempo has been chosen to fit both the atmosphere and the most appropriate way of dancing. « Sugar and Spice » titles: Saturday night and Sunday morn, Blew Cap, Pretty Miss, Ethel’s Dance, Lady in the Dark, Rufty Tufty, Speed the Plough, Kettle Drum, Market Day, Charming Maid, Staines Morris, Dargason, Waltz Country Dance, Northern Nancy, Row well ye Mariners, The Maid Peeped out of the Window, Draper’s Maggot, Windy Morning.
BROCHURE 3 : Les Contredanses Anglaises par Cécile Laye Volume 3 (2003 edition)
In this 50-page brochure one finds a description of all 18 dances recorded on the « Sugar and Spice » CD, plus a glossary and several articles by Cécile Laye : « Longways for as many as will in Playford’s first edition », « The Playfords : printers and sellers of books », «Cecil Sharp and dance collecting ». It goes with CHESTNUT’s third CD: « Sugar and Spice».
CD 4 : THE TODDLER
Music for dancing english country dances /
Early dance and traditional english tunes and second tunes specially devised for the dance
Dance reconstruction / Cécile LAYE
Longways for as many as will” are the very heart of a country dance ball. Just as « mixers» they draw together people who do not know one another and might not otherwise dance together; but they are far more elaborate. Progressing up and down the set makes the dance interesting; as the dancers repeat the figures, they get over the initial difficulties and eventually take pleasure in recreating each figure with new neighbours. CHESTNUT and the Papa Richard musicians are happy to present this new selection of 17 tunes for dancing. Except for The Toddler and Black Almain, all are “longways duple or triple minor set”, most of them taken from different editions of the Dancing Master.
It was not easy to make a choice among so many enticing possibilities. What should be dropped? We tried to take into account newcomers to the repertoire as well as of experienced dancers familiar with the sequences. We picked up dances wich offer a contrast in atmosphere and rhythm presenting a representative sample of the different sequences used in progression dances. But above all we let ourselves be guided by the beauty and variety of the music, in carefully choosing the instruments which would best enhance the poetry unique to each dance.
Titles : Enfield Wash, Old Noll’s Jig, Black Almain, Mad Robin, Bonny Cate, Slaughter House, Nobody’s Jig, Lord Byron’s Maggot, The Toddler, Doway, Nancy’s Fancy, Northdown Waltz, Dorset Triumph, Ormond House, Greenwich Park, The Country Farmer, Vienna
BROCHURE 4 : Les Contredanses Anglaises par Cécile Laye Volume 4 (2010 edition)
This 71-page brochure describes all 17 dances recorded on « The Toddler », with a glossary and three articles by Cécile Laye « A few considerations on progression, Dancing in the Inns of Courts and Mime Dances published by John Playford ». It goes with CHESTNUT’s n°4 CD « The Toddler ».