Jamaica, or The Jovial Broom Man, or a Kent Soldier's exact relation of all his travels in Every Nation, his famous acts are all Shown Here as in this Story doth appear

First line:
Room for a lad that's come from seas
John Playford's Dancing Master, 4th edition, 1670
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This rousing tune first appears as ‘Jamaica’ in John Playford’s Dancing Master (Fourth edition, 1670), although earlier in the century it was known as ‘The Slow Men of London’. Ballad genealogy is complicated and in this instance too long for sleeve notes but, briefly, no text survives that refers to the island of Jamaica. The text on this disc is by Richard Climsell. Printed about 1640, the tune called for is ‘The Slow Men of London’. It comes from the Roxburghe Collection (No 166) in The British Museum.

from notes by Douglas Wootton © 1981


How the world wags – Social Music for a 17th-century Englishman
CDH55013Helios (Hyperion's budget label)


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