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An early afternoon concert with the Early Byrds Consort

With the summer holidays looming up, the performing arts season 2014 – 2015 is drawing to a close. Not that there will be no performances; their number dwindles and their character changes. 603 more words


Myths And Muses in Merry Old England — Mythic Folk Rock from SERPENTYNE

Summer time is almost upon us here in merry-old England and it is a ripe time for garden parties, village fetes, morris dancers and pig-roasts. 316 more words

Raw Ramp Music Mag


Within translation studies there are two approaches: domestication and foreignization. Domestication focuses on making the text work within the culture it is being translated into. This can mean changing phrasings that, when translated, would be awkward for the reader. 202 more words

ORGAN PREVIEW: Gryphon - crumhorn-wielding at the Union Chapel

Gryphon are on tour, this is a very very good thing, Gryphon are gloriously beautiful, they’re like Bagpuss or strawberry jam on toast, they’re like every good thing from back there when all was good, pipe organs and tank engines and crumhorn-wielding and jousting and as cool as f. 514 more words


Dann Chinn reblogged this on Misfit City and commented:

I'm really out of the loop - I didn't even know that Gryphon were playing, let alone touring. If I'd known, I'd have blogged about it earlier (and perhaps saved up for a ticket). Gryphon are a wonderful band - a serious-minded but no-bullshit bassoon-and-crumhorn-toting electric folk/prog oddity with a perfect and elegant focus. They seemed to come about almost by accident in the early '70s, as if a group of matter-of-fact mediaeval music scholars had suddenly been caught up on a lolling tongue of rock and taken off for a ride for a few years. I've not seen them play since 2009, when after thirty-one years they finally put on a reunion at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In a lone concession to rock theatre, reed player Brian Gulland turned up in a Wild Man of Borneo barnet and matching beard, and had the latter shaved off with a straight razor during the encore. Otherwise it was a straight demonstration that it was Gryphon's music which had always mattered - inclusive, always choosing the deft path over the clotted, as clear as a bell and never overblown. They promised us a new album, but went quiet about that very quickly: at least they're still up for playing. If you've not already committed to something else for tomorrow's London evening (and I know I've already pitched you two other options in the past week) do go along, but don't just take my word for it. Here's Organ's typically gonzo-rapturous take on the band and the tour. I couldn't agree with them more.

Meet The Recorder

This is the first in a series of occasional posts about the recorder, its historical and contemporary repertoire, its champions, and its place in music education. 2,488 more words


At the event: Musical time-travel

On Sunday 22nd March I was in Market Bosworth, watching King Richard III’s cortege on its way to his reburial at Leicester Cathedral. It was a wonderful day memorable for many reasons – the skill and dedication of the volunteer army of helpers, the atmosphere,the colourful banners, the half-muffled peal of bells summoning the crowd like medieval pilgrims to the centre of the town, and the sometimes surreal historical costumes – everything from medieval merchants to refugees from nativity plays and Georgian milkmaids. 1,084 more words

exploring baroque borderlands

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