Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers 1590-1645

The Plimoth colonists were a diverse group of Separatists and Anglicans, English and Dutch, some religious and some not! They brought with them varied musical experiences, and Plimoth Colony heard not only psalms but also catches, ballads, and dance tunes. The Seven Times Salt instrumental group follows the settlers from England to religious refuge in the Netherlands and onward to the early years of Plimoth with music of the Elizabethan tavern and theater, spirited drinking songs, Dutch love songs, psalms from Sternhold & Hopkins’ Whole Booke of Psalmes, and traditional English country dance tunes. Gavin W. Kleespies, Massachusetts Historical Society Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Community Partnerships, introduced members of the Seven Times Salt musical group. The presentation begins with music that the Separatists in Scrooby, England may have heard as they formulated a plan to escape to the Netherlands seeking religious freedom. The group then plays several selections that the Separatists might have heard while they lived in Leiden, Holland for about ten years before making the voyage to Plimoth. The program concludes with some of the psalms and popular songs the Separatists may have sung while in Plimoth. Click here for a one-hour YouTube video of the Webinar presentation followed by a Q & A recorded on September 16, 2020.