Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Fri 9 Jun 2017, Room Upstairs live music
A journey through the songs, tunes and stories of the middle ages.
Ian Pittaway, historical music performer on stage and TV (The Night Watch, Horrible Histories, The White Princess), will take you on a journey through the songs, tunes and stories of the middle ages. Hear a Spanish song about a miraculous pork chop; 13th century English songs about the weather (what else?); a Christmas hit for Mike Oldfield by a medieval monk who wore brass tacks in his underpants; a Canterbury Tales tune; medieval dances; the crossover between folk music and medieval music; and much more, sung in modern and Middle English and played on medieval instruments: harp, bray harp, gittern, lute and koboz.
With some joining-in choruses (if you’re willing) and an opportunity to see medieval musical instruments close-up, this is an evening for peasants or gentry of any age, suitable for the curious novice and medieval initiates alike.
“Ian engages the audience … an object lesson in talking about the songs in an entertaining way.” ~ Warwick Folk Club
“beautiful set … a brilliant performance enthusiastically presented by a master musician to an appreciative and attentive audience that, quite simply, loved it. Wonderful.” ~ Folk at the Fold
“Ian’s instrumental virtuosity … masterful on anything he turns his frets to.” ~ English Dance & Song magazine
*inclusive of booking fee £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £4
Age: Suitable for all
2 hours 20 mins approx including interval.