Formed in 1979, Tarleton’s Jig were an offshoot from two other groups, the City Waites and Common Ground. With a membership rich in classical training, this talented group utilized a vast array of exotic instruments, such as recorders, shawms, flutes, curtals, Danish, Flemish and English bagpipes, the Rauchespfeife, cornet, baroque violin, recorders, crumhorns, rebecs, lutes, uillean pipes, theorbo and guitars. Tarleton’s Jig comprises James Bisgood (b. 3 March 1959, Isleworth, Middlesex, England; also vocals), Jeremy West (b. 29 November 1953, Sussex, England), David Miller (b. 13 April 1953, Glamorgan, Wales) and Keith Thompson (b. 7 August 1951, Whitstable, Kent, England). The group has performed a wide spectrum of popular English music from the Middle Ages to the mid-18th Century, with particular emphasis on 16th and 17th centuries. They regularly perform at stately homes and castles, and often in the presence of Royalty. For King And Parliament contained music from soldier’s camps, taverns and street corners, as well as the battlefield. A Fit Of Mirth For A Groat was equally well-received. It was performed much as it would have been during the English Civil Wars. One of the musicians featured on this album, Sharon Lindo (b. 11 December 1959, Romford, Essex, England), left in 1989. In 1990, Martin Pope (b. 22 June 1955, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) left the line-up, having joined in 1982. Roaring Boys was originally scheduled for release in 1990. With the departure of Lindo who had played on a substantial amount of the recordings, the release was shelved, but the tapes still exist, and subsequent release is not considered out of the question. Owing to a large ‘pool’ of highly talented musicians, the group has managed to maintain its standards and continues to work, using authentic instruments of the period, and full costumes of the time. They have also provided soundtrack themes for a number of documentary television programmes, such asThe History Man. Other regular players in the now fluid line-up include, Nick Hayley (b. 5 April 1954, London, England), William Lyons (b. 13 May 1964, England), Jonathan Morgan (b. 21 April 1953, Birmingham, England), and Robert White (b. 10 March 1955, Lambeth, London, England).
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