A Brave Barrel of Oysters
Presented by Seven Times Salt at Plimoth Plantation
March 5, 2013
Celebrate Samuel Pepys’ 380th birthday in style! Perhaps the English language’s most famous diarist, Pepys was a prosperous civil servant and “man-about-town” in Restoration London, and the diaries that he kept from 1660-1668 provide a revealing glimpse into the life of a middle-class bon vivant under the reign of the “merry monarch” Charles II. Pepys was an enthusiastic amateur musician who sang and played the lute, viol, and flageolet. His diaries chronicle (among other adventures) his experiences making convivial music with both the best and the worst musicians that London had to offer.
Playing on the very instruments that Pepys favored, Seven Times Salt brings Pepys’ bustling, bewigged, and sometimes bawdy London to life with dramatic readings from the diaries and selections by Hume, Humfrey, Blagrave, Young, and Locke, all of whom were friends of Pepys.
Karen Burciaga – violin
Daniel Meyers – recorders, flute & bagpipes
Josh Schreiber Shalem – bass viol
Matthew Wright – lute
Kyle Parrish – narrator
Michael Barrett – tenor
Anney Barrett – soprano