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John Dowland: Melancholy Galliard & Allemande

Here are two pieces from one of my favorite composers. John Dowland was a great lutenist in Elizabethan times. Being a musician was a tough gig back then, you always had to be making somebody happy. And it had to be somebody with a castle who liked music enough to let musicians crash there!

I have a suspicion that my friend John was not always able to make himself happy, except probably by grabbing his axe! Melancholy was the fashion in those days, and there was much to be melancholy about.

Fortunately, like today, a musicians angst becomes the fodder for great music! Well, I only hope that John Dowland has been re-born as one of the great guitarists of our times, and is enjoying a life of ease, fame, and luxury. He sure deserves it!

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Comment by James Huckson on July 31, 2009 at 9:59pm
Thanks Jamie, great performance! Dowland is one of my favourite composers, as well.
Comment by John McFadden on July 19, 2009 at 1:33pm
Thanks,Jamie,I love your style,sound,choice of music.Thank you for sharing your gift,although I'm sure hours of work on your gift helped your performance.You truly inspire this listener to attempt to play more,practice longer...
Comment by Jamie Marie Andreas on July 18, 2009 at 1:35pm
Hi J.D.,

It is a Kevin Aram guitar. He has built guitars for Julian Bream, so I figured I couldn't go wrong!

Comment by JD Ellis on July 18, 2009 at 1:29pm
I loved listening to these two pieces (twice!). Dowland has always been a favorite of mine, and you play with great feeling and control. The guitar sounds good, too. Who is the maker?

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