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We perform a variety of historical music, for museums, TV or Film, as a Walkabout act during Corporate or Municipal events and more:
Viking, Anglo Saxon and Dark Ages (600 AD to 1066AD). The instruments played in the first millenium AD are relatively well understood, and we have a large collection of wind and stringed instruments, including horns, lyres, reedpipes, drums and harps, many made by Corwen. The music itself however has not survived. With detailed study of ancient musical traditions from the fringes of Europe, including Icelandic Rimur, Finnish Runo-laulu and Kantele playing, Faroese Ballad singing,and Sean Nos singing from Ireland, we hope to recreate a repertoire that is as historically accurate as possible whilst also being atmospheric and engaging to the modern ear. We deliver this music in a variety of authentic hand sewn costumes. If you need more than music, a full Dark Ages Feast with storytelling, music and dance can be booked through our agents Catspaw. Hands on workshops exploring this period are also available.
Early Medieval (1066AD to 1350). Many stately dance tunes and beautiful songs are well documented from this period. We play them on authentic rebecs, harps, psalteries, shawm, not to mention the bagge-pypes... We also mix in some archaic folk tunes and songs for variety. We can bring an authentic medieval atmosphere to your event, museum open day or wedding. If you need more than music a full medieval banquet with storytelling, jugglers and dance teachers can be booked through our agents Catspaw. All in full costume of course.
Napoleonic War. With Corwen sporting a Royal Marines uniform of Nelson's navy, and Kate resplendant in mop-cap, full skirt and riding jacket, Kate and Corwen can recreate the songs and music of the early 19th century on Pipe and Tabor, Fiddle, Parlour Guitar and of course if necessary bagpipes. We also play Victorian music with the added attraction of Pedal Harmonium and Flutina. Corwen is also one of the few players of the Flutina (maybe the only player...). The Flutina is the mid 19th century ancestor of the melodeon, and we are lucky enough to own two restored instruments each around 150 years old.
If you would like to book us for your museum, open day or other event, get in touch.
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