Passamezzo is an early music ensemble, specialising in 16th and 17th Century English music and song. During the first lockdown, we were researching the music sung during the plagues of the 16th and 17th Centuries, and came across a “song for deliverance from a public sickness” written by George Wither and Orlando Gibbons in 1623.
We wrote new words to make the song more appropriate for now.
Lyrics by Eleanor Cramer. Musical arrangement by Tamsin Lewis.
Eleanor Cramer: soprano
Richard de Winter: tenor
Robin Jeffrey: lute
Alison Kinder: bass viol
Tamsin Lewis: alto
Cronies by Crispin Keith
I wrote this song to express my anger at the chums of the British government who have made huge...