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The Ass

Artist: Mike Westbrook

Date of Release: 01/12/1986

Catalogue no: JVPV118CD

Label: Jazzprint

Price: £7

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

The Ass Dreams

2

 

The Long Drawn Bray

3

 

His Big Furry Head

4

 

The Steppes Of Tartary

5

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The Rut Of Love

6

 

The Triumphant Entry

7

 

Porta Cappuccini

8

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Lu Me Sceccu

9

 

Sciccareddu

10

 

Escaping To Egypt

11

 

All Mares Are Dead

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Kate Westbrook

'The Ass' was produced for the stage by Foco Novo Theatre Company, directed by Roland Rees, designed by Ariane Gastambide. Commissioned by the D H Lawrence Centenary Festival with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. First performance at the Co-operative Arts Theatre, George Street, Nottingham, Wednesday 18 September 1985.


Stephen Boxer as D H Lawrence

THE SICILIAN BAND
Kate Westbrook voice / tenor horn / sicilian triscaletta
Trevor Allan voice / accordion / clarinet
Lesia Melnyk voice / violin / mandolin
Peter Whyman voice / clarinet / soprano & alto saxophones
Mike Westbrook voice / piano / tuba

Words by D H Lawrence from his poem 'The Ass' and his letters from Taormina.
Except 'Lu Me Scecca', a traditional Sicilian song, with English lyrics by Kate Westbrook.
Scenario by Kate and Mike Westbrook.
Music by Mike Westbrook.
Recorded in London December 1985.
Westbrook Music published by Metisse Music

 

Reviews

 

20/09/1985 The Times

"Musically the best thing in the show is a marvellous song about a beloved donkey that the Westbrooks ran to earth in Sicily. But their original work beautifully accommodates jazz, squeeze-box dances, and folk idioms ranging on the Moorish - all of which reflects Lawrence's idea of being on the edge of Europe"

 

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