Between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day celebrate the Winter Solstice,
Christmas, New Year's, Twelfth Night and other occasions with special
the duo The Little Dickens Band, Anne and
Rob play winter holiday music of the British Isles from the time
of Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria, as well as old standard holiday
fare. They enjoy presenting these beloved songs in unusual and older
settings with flute, guitar, pennywhistle, concertina, dulcimer
and voices. Their concerts of old-fashioned Christmas music have
been enjoyed by multi-generational audiences. The Little Dickens
Band has appeared at the Detroit’s Noël Night, Troy Historical
Museum, the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Borders Book
Shop, Highland Township Library, Midland Public Library, Brandon
Township Public Library, at malls, galleries and at private functions.
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Drive the Cold Winter Away: Music of Shakespeare's Time, with A
Pageant of Winter Pastimes
Drive the Cold Winter Away: Music of Shakespeare's Time" is
performed by Anne and Rob Burns, A Reasonable Facsimile. This concert
of jolly music from Merrie Olde England and Europe is accompanied
with replicas of period instruments including recorder, viola da
gamba, shawm, flute and drum. “To Drive the Cold Winter Away”
features Renaissance songs and tunes for the winter holidays.
An extended section, "A Pageant of Winter Pastimes," salutes
the traditional Lord of Misrule and the custom of wassailing, topped
off with action for the audience's amusement. The music by John
Dowland, Thomas Morley, Michael Praetorius and others will serve
as an entertaining introduction to those new to early music, or
as a welcome return for Renaissance music and Shakespeare lovers.
"We had a fun time at our 12th Night program and reception
yesterday. A special thank you to our performers and storytellers,
Rob and Anne Burns of "A Reasonable Facsimile". The music
was festive, the stories amusing..." -Head Librarian, Children's
To Drive the Cold Winter Away/A Pageant
of Winter Pastimes flier
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the revels, as ancient sounds usher in the modern winter holiday
Renaissance music is often associated with the holiday season,
since the merry tunes and dance selections are evocative of times
gone by. Anne and Rob, as A Reasonable
Facsimile, embody the spirit of the season with their lively
interpretations of old music on replica Renaissance instruments.
A Reasonable Facsimile's holiday music has been heard at Noël
Night (Detroit), New Year's Fest (Kalamazoo), First Night (Toledo
and Birmingham, Michigan), the Troy Historical Museum, Twelfth Night
Celebration (Flint Michigan), The Henry Ford, Midnight at the Creek
(Battle Creek), the Detroit Institute of Arts, Southgate Public
Library, Grand Rapids Community College, as well as at churches,
madrigal dinners, malls and private parties.
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and Renaissance Carols
Freut euch! Rejoice!"
A selection of early carols in Latin, German and English presented
by Canzonet in arrangements for three
women's voices. In addition to singing, the members of Canzonet
play Renaissance instruments including recorders, viola da gamba,
flute, guitar and percussion The program features music from the
15th-century English Selden Manuscript and from the early 17th-century
collections by the German composer/arranger, Michael Praetorius.
Also represented are tunes from the Renaissance that were later
adapted as Christmas songs: "Greensleeves"="What
Child is This?" "Bransle Official" = "Ding,
Dong, Merrily on High!"
Gaude! Freut euch! Rejoice! flier
Audio excerpts from program:
sing we both all and some
how a rose e'er blooming
child is this?
grow'th the holly
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In the concert program "A Jolly Wassail Bowl," A Reasonable
Facsimile and Friends perform music selected from years of entertaining
at Renaissance-themed events, most notably the Detroit Institute
of Arts Wassail Feasts. The ensemble, under the name Good Company
(now known as the Old Oaks Renaissance
Consort) was the "house band" for the DIA
Wassail Feasts for 18 years, for the Wassail Feasts at other locations,
and performed 10 years for the "Holiday Feast in Old Krakow"
presented by the American Polish Cultural Society.
"A Jolly Wassail Bowl" concert features festive Renaissance
music played on recorders, flutes, shawms, violas da gamba and percussion.
The group sings as well as plays instruments, and a few selections
of later traditional wassailing music are included for good measure.
The program can also go back to its roots and be presented as part
of a dinner theatre. In addition, Renaissance dancers can join the
musicians to enhance the presentation.
is the practice of going door-to-door singing Christmas carols and
requesting in return wassail or some other form
of refreshment." Wikipedia
"Wassail is a hot, spiced punch often associated
with winter celebrations of northern Europe, usually those connected
with the Christmas holiday such as Christmas, New Year's and Twelfth
Night. Particularly popular in Germanic countries, the term itself
is a contraction of the Old English toast wæs thu hæl,
or "be thou hale!" (i.e., "be in good health").
Alternate expressions predating the term, with approximately the
same meaning, include both the Old Norse ves heill and
Old English wes hál." Wikipedia
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