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All good stuff - though having seen Strawhead several times over the years - most notably in the Great Hall at Kelham Hall near Newark, I prefer their version, though The City Waites version is pretty bloody good too. Lucy Skeaping is a legend anyway - she used to have a folk music program on the BBC.
Not strictly in line with the WSS but it may cover the period, this version for me is sublime.
The Strawhead version of "When cannons are roaring" - modern arrangement. And that Sharpe version of "Over the Hills and Far Away" - a schmaltzy modern arrangement. Period music is sort of audible contemporary document to me, so I want it as authentically performed as possible. The best versions of both songs were recorded by Tarleton's Jig on their LPs "For King and Parliament" and "A Fit of Mirth For A Groat" respectively, in period style. Unfortunately, both LPs were never released as CDs and I couldn't find the songs online either.
To each his own - but I stick with that sort of thing ... :wink:
Absolutely - with regard to veracity then, you may enjoy Vox Vulgaris' medieval music. They're on youtube.
However both of the songs I mentioned have a personal sentimental attachment - Strawhead - good times in beertents and John Tamms from the first time I saw him and enjoyed his music at a folk club in Lancaster to when he made it big with Sharpe and what that particular song means to me.
Vox Vulgaris sound good - and there are many others ...
BTW, regarding "Over the Hills and Far Away" - the Sharpe version isn't in line with the WSS at all but, as you may know, the song itself is.
As for the text, Farquhar - who was a recruiting officer himself for a time - is our man ("The Recruiting Officer", 1706).
Yes, I did actually know that, the early 18thC is a particularly fertile period for those type songs, High Germany being another.
Dear Steve and Mark,
Like you both I was immediately taken with the range of poses, both interesting and useful.
The mix of sizes of the horses is an excellent feature too, as you note Mark.
Top stuff Strelets!
p.s. I can't help the 'petty' and historically ignorant comment that they look like they a group of 'wee Willie winkies' going for a nocturnal ride!!
I'd deserve it too, Mark!
These are going to be perfect for me as Polish-Commonwealth dragoons in 'western' uniform for the Great Northern War.
Beauty again Strelets!
Beautiful figures - even if not in one of my eras.
Congratulations Strelets! Another exciting addition to the range. Really looking forward to seeing more complete sets being announced. This WSS range just keeps on impressing and I'm sure you must be dragging in many collectors who would have originally not wanted to collect a new era! Hopefully your sales numbers reflect well with these new releases and keep encouraging you to develop this range further.