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Julianne Baird and I first met in the fall of 1981 at her home near Philadelphia. We had arranged to meet and read through a number of English lute songs in preparation for a concert of music from Shakespeare's plays with the Baltimore Consort. During that first meeting, we read through several of the songs we have since recorded and continue to perform today, and we slipped easily into an unspoken agreement about phrasing and movement in music. My initial impression, aside from the beauty of her voice, was that Julianne is a particularly natural singer to follow, with a spontaneous musical sense that draws out my best playing. - Ronn McFarlan