Captain Tobias Hume: A Scottish Soldier

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David McGuinness and his virtuoso band of early musickers voyage once more into musical history, and this time the object of their explorations is Tobias Hume, about whose life we know very little. (David’s engaging essay tells us as much as there is to know.) The best guess for Hume’s birthdate could be any time from 1565 to 1579, and the materials documenting his appearance on the fringes of the London musical scene from around 1605 are sparse. This recording draws on the two books of music Hume published in his lifetime, and ranges from capricious fragments of tunes that celebrate the simple joy of playing the viol, to potent moments of substantial emotional depth. ‘My Life hath beene a Souldier,’ Hume declared in 1605, ‘and my idlenes addicted to Musicke.’ Concerto Caledonia have given us the opportunity to indulge in Hume’s addiction.

"delightful and thoroughly enjoyable…unmitigated pleasure."

"A delectable anthology–smartly-performed, beautifully recorded and well-annotated."


"Here are quirky chamber pieces spiced with plenty of harmonic false relations, catchily melodic dances, and songs that are robustly satirical, thrillingly martial or fashionably melancholic. A tartan tonic"

"this is a fine reclamation and should be thoroughly appealing to the inquisitive."

"The programme is a marvellous display of mostly lightly repertoire. As such I enjoy it hugely...The notes by David McGuinness are marvellous."


"These are hearty, lively performances, befitting the music of a soldier...A delightful collection with good notes and texts for the songs."


"this is a fine recording that more than does justice to this worthy and curiously creative spirit who would have been proud to have all this attention today."


Producer: David McGuinness
Release Date: 5 May 2014
Catalogue No: DCD34158
Total playing time: 0:57:22

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