The Alehouse Sessions

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The Alehouse Sessions
Bjarte Eike, The Alehouse Boys

[ Rubicon Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 9 June 2017

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The Alehouse Sessions - curated and devised by Bjarte Eike, is an ever changing and evolving insight into the music of the English 17th Century tavern. It gives audiences a window into this tumultuous period through Purcell overtures, English sea shanties, and Scandinavian folk songs thrown in for good measure. The atmosphere of a raucous port city pub in the 1690s is brilliantly evoked by Barokksolistene. These sessions have already been hailed as 'irresistible' [The Times], 'superb' [The Scotsman] and 'fabulously unrestrained' [The Guardian], and they have diverted away from the traditional concert model by 'creating the effect of a late night jamming session' [BBC Music Magazine].

'The signature of this project is the interaction on stage between the players and the audience. If it has to be put in a historical context, the project draws its inspiration from the Shakespearian theatre where there was a direct communication between stage and hall' says Bjarte Eike.


Wollom Green (John Playford)
Timon of Athens - Curtain tune (Henry Purcell)
Aria: 'Lead me' from Bonduca (Purcell) + Italian Rant (Playford)
Haul Away Joe (trad English sea shanty)
Johnny Faa (trad Scottish 17th century)
The hole in the wall - Hornpipe from Abdelazar (Purcell)
Virgin Queen, Stingo, Bobbing Joe (Playford)
Pass around the grog (trad sea shanty)
Travel set - Norwegian, Scottish/Shetland
I drew my ship (trad English 19th century)
Carolan's Cup (Turlough O'Carolan)
The Canadian set (trad Canadian Reels)
Leave her Johnny (trad English sea shanty)

Watch Improvisations on Wallom Green via Youtube