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The Battle between Shrovetide and Lent

Music, words and song from 16th and 17th Century Britain
for Shrovetide and the beginning of Lent.

  • Feasting, fasting, revels, sports, pancakes and football.
  • Ballads, carols, dances, masque songs, theatre music and readings.
  • Includes music by Campion, Ferrabosco, Gibbons and Peerson;
  • and readings from Dekker, Dunbar, Gay, Hawkins and Shakespeare.


  • Taylor Aucoin: narrator

  • Eleanor Cramer: soprano, viols

  • Richard de Winter: baritone, actor

  • Robin Jeffrey: lute, cittern

  • Alison Kinder: viols, recorders

  • Tamsin Lewis: violin, alto

a very well-researched, assembled, and presented programme, which deserves repeated hearings
          Garry Humphreys, Church Times

Here are two extracts from the programme:

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