Shakespeare: All the thrills without the frills

The  CD has audio recordings, the book contains the sheet music. Here is a collection of my interpretation of the songs by Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and my own music inspired by the bard.


Extra content CD from CD Baby with pdf format book

Extra content CD from Cafepress (no case)

Music Book from Cafepress

Audio only CD from CreateSpace

CD download (music only) from SoundClick

A Review

This is a most fetching collection of Shakespearian lyrics put to music and performed by Fugli. Recognizable are Fugli's intricate guitar work and playful (oft harmonized) vocals. Thou may'st say that this Renaissance Faire Minstrel loosens up a bit here, as many arrangements here are freshingly rhythmic (read non-documentary). Capturing the feel of this disk nicely is the cover image of Shakespeare coolly sporting a pair of shades.

A high point for me was The Mad Merry Pranks of Robin Goodfellow. This adaptation opens with a delicious string quartet which weaves in and out of a very spirited or, shall we say, spritely vocal delivery.

On When Daisies Pied/ When Icicles Hang by the Wall we hear a smooth flute floating through Shakespearen lyrics and set quaintly to the melody of "The Star of the County Down."

The Wind and The Rain is another favorite, with slightly syncopated rhythm and those Fugli vocals, which somehow manage to sound as if coming from some old Castle or Abbey. Like most of the tunes on this disk, you may feel the urge to sway to the rhythm, or even find a partner to dance with.

Ahh, I see that the good Fugli has seen fit to include an alternate mix of Robin Goodfellow in amongst Ye Olde Hidden Tracks. This arrangement doth surely raise the goosebumps on one's back.

Fugli concludes "Shakespeare: All the Frills" with a lush instrumental rendition of Scarlet's Alman. Grounded with a solid drum and bass line, with Fugli's classically styled and intricately layered guitar riffs.

It is good to hear a minstrel take on Shakespeare's works in such an innovative and fresh way. It is even better to hear it come from such an accomplished craftsman as Fugli, whose enjoyment of the piece is at once both evident and infectious.

[The following refers to files found only on the extra content CD version - not for download]

The Ghost of John: The Music Video
An extra special surprise from this disk is the music video of The Ghost of John. Fugli adds verses inspired by Shakespeare's King John to put a haunting, hilarious twist to this traditional tune. You'll want to have this video handy around Halloween.

The Real Fake Songbook
This is a great companion piece to the musical disk. There are notes, lyrics, and sheet music with guitar-friendly chords. Also included are detailed charts of the chords used in this work. There's even a nice bit on how to "Fuglize" the music!
-Douglys of Howl-o