1866: Music of Canada West
In 1866, with Confederation only one year away, the 'province' of Canada was a thriving young part of the British Empire. This recording presents a wide variety of music that could have been heard in Canada West (formerly Upper Canada) at that time. The selections include folk songs, parlour tunes, minstrel music and classical pieces performed on 19th century instruments such as banjos, saxhorns, flutes, melodeons, violins, zithers, spoons, bones and flageolets. The musicians are all current or former costumed historical interpreters at various 19th century historic sites across Canada (those quirky people that dress up in 19th century clothes and explain history to visitors!). Care was taken to use historically accurate instruments (both originals and reproductions) and to keep the performances authentic to what might have been heard in a small, rural town during the 1860s. This means natural sounding arrangements with no over-production or layered multitracking. While this album has a slight Canadian slant, the music has no boundaries! This recording will also be of interest to those looking for historical music of the United States and the United Kingdom. You may even be surprised to discover that your favourite tune has a Canadian origin! If you are (or if you know) an American Civil War re-enactor or any other 19th century historical re-enactor - or even if you just enjoy good, unadulterated acoustic music - then '1866: Music of Canada West' is for you! (Note: The physical CD comes with a sixteen page booklet containing a history of all the songs and the instruments used.) Want more? Check out the album 'Sounds Like the 19th Century' by the same artists!