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The Playford Liberation Front play 17th-century English country dance music for 21st-century audiences. Six top musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds come together to create a maelstrom of melodic and rhythmic invention that sounds like nothing else on earth!


John Playford

John Playford

In 1651, John Playford published The English Dancing Master Р a collection of country dances and tunes. It was to be the start of a publishing phenomenon, eventually running to eighteen editions, comprising around 580 dances and tunes and spanning three generations of the Playford family across 65 years. The Playford Liberation Front draw on this rich musical heritage to create something new, vibrant and resolutely modern, while still retaining a reverence and respect for the source material.

Featuring modern instruments such as electric fretless bass, saxophone and piano accordion alongside older instruments such as English border bagpipes, cittern and violin; the Playford Liberation Front breathe new life into ancient tunes, creating a unique kaleidoscope of sound.