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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2017 8:04 a.m. PST

What music inspires your ECW activities, painting/gaming, etc?

Did Charles I or Cromwell have favorite composers? It need not be martial music though that'd be interesting too.

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2017 8:09 a.m. PST

There is a CD by English early-music musicians around, called
"Cavaliers and Roundheads", with music (including military) of the period.

bc1745 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

Music for Cavaliers and Roundheads….


Tom Stubbs16 Jan 2017 11:30 a.m. PST

Tarletons Jig – "For King and Parliament".

Mick Tarleton used to be a musician at the Globe Theatre, and a sometime ECW reenactor.

Sean D Clark16 Jan 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

I love period music to accompany my games. Vietnam is a current hot period in my game room so lots of 'Paint it Black'.

Mac163817 Jan 2017 5:26 a.m. PST

Look up The York Waits, period music on period instruments,
"The Punks Delight"
Tony Barton was a member for a number of years.

PCS Dane17 Jan 2017 8:39 a.m. PST

The band Strawhead out of the UK has made some nice period music. Caliver has it in it's catalogue :-)

Sandinista20 Jan 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

Strawhead were good, I recently bought the DVD, that has all their albums on. Well worth the money


Stavka02 Feb 2017 6:43 a.m. PST

Newark Seige, by John Jenkins. Originally written for consort viols.

YouTube link

It's on this album too, if you prefer the brass version.


Not military music, but there are a number of albums available with the music of William Lawes. He was court composer to King Charles, and was killed at the battle of Rowton Heath in 1645 while serving with the King's Life Guard.

YouTube link

Scharnachthal29 May 2017 4:46 a.m. PST

A lot of great late 16th to early 17th century music of all sorts, including military (except the pieces by Santiago de Murcia, which are early 18th century, rather):


Check out the MP3 samples.

"For King and Parliament!" by Tarleton's Jig was great but, unfortunately, was never released as a CD…The LP can be found on the internet, occasionally…

But this CD by Tarleton's Jig is very nice, too:


And for more military music I strongly recommend this:


More military pieces are scattered over lots of CDs, but mostly just one or two of them on the same CD…

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