I recently came across a delightful collection of seventeenth-century music simply titled English Country Dances. The musicians featured on the record include David Douglass, Paul O'Dette, and Andrew Lawrence-King. I am no expert in English music, but I found the collection particularly charming and pleasing to the ear. Perhaps you will, too.
This is from Playford's Dancing Master https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dancing_Master which is an absolute treasure trove. Many of the tunes played by my favourite English folk musicians of the 70s, and which I learned by ear, came from it. The Dancing Master seems to embody a 17th century Englishness which particularly appeals to me - it fits with Purcell, and the writings of Thomas Traherne and John Aubrey.
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