The Playhouse Sessions | Rubicon RCD1096

The Playhouse Sessions


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Label: Rubicon

Cat No: RCD1096

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 23rd September 2022



Since the release of the chart topping ‘Alehouse Sessions’ in 2017, and a worldwide tour, Bjarte Eike and the boys and girls have been busy on this new album which moves the alehouse project on from dour Puritanism of Cromwell’s Commonwealth, to the hedonistic Restoration of Charles II, and the Glorious Revolution that saw William III and Mary II replace the unpopular James II.

The alehouse musical culture developed into playhouses, and music halls, selling tickets and subscriptions. Operas, masques, dance, jesting (the first stand-up comedians maybe?), all this prepared the way for the first public concert hall to be established. Nights in these places though would still be bawdy - stage fights, cross dressing, elements of pantomime, songs sung to popular tunes of the day, satire - always a good draw, and a good number of rustic clowns, bawdy wenches and fools thrown in for good measure.

Think of these back rooms as a very English mix of Shakespeare, commedia dell’arte, juggling with music by Purcell, folk tunes, and sea shanties. After the misery of the Commonwealth and Cromwell’s dictatorship, the public were in the mood to party. Playhouse is your invitation.

“There are some things you just can’t fake. The chemistry of a group is one of those - the sparks of musical energy that fly when certain artists collide. Bjarte Eike’s Barokksolistene is an alchemical miracle of an ensemble... pure musical gold” - Gramophone

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