Three Notch’d Road explores our American heritage in unique musical sounds as they would have been heard from the late-17th to the mid-19th centuries. Over this long sweep of time, much changed and much stayed the same. And much will surprise, like the use of clarinet in the works of Handel and Purcell. This is how it was then, however, and an instance of our purpose in making this recording: to open to the listener beauties of a time and place far from our own, both strange and strangely familiar.
Fiona Hughes on baroque violin and alto vocals; Steuart Pincombe on cello and baroque cello; Dominic Giardino on historical clarinet; soprano Michelle Pincombe; and bass Peter Walker, who also plays harp, cittern, Appalachian dulcimer, and English guittar on the album.