• Game of Thrones Launch Party, Python in the Dressing Room

    We just got back from playing at the launch party for HBO's series 'Game of Thrones'. It was held in the suitably gloomy and gothic tunnels under the Old Vic. It was a theatrical extravaganza of lavish sets populated with a whole host of exotic dancers, musicians and actors to entertain the celebrities and press. The highlight for us was the 2 metre Burmese dancing python Called Sheba who we shared our dressing room with. She can be seen about 2mins into this video of the Launch Party

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0ipozRoHis

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  • African Roots Night

    Wow what a beautiful few days Katy, Jonathan and Steve have spent with the wonderful and inspiring Chartwell Dutiro, African visionary musician and Mbira maestro. www.chartwelldutiro.com

    On Monday we were very honoured to have spent a delightful couple of hours guesting on his fabulous radio show African Diaspora which goes out every Monday night 8pm - 10pm www.soundartradio.org.uk

    On Friday night we were very lucky indeed to be invited to play at the 2nd Roots Music Night at the Mbira Academy, Studio 20, Dartington mbira-academy.org.uk. It was a really magical night which included The Mbira Gang, solo performances by Chartwell, Libby and the really cool Kora playing of Jally Kebba Susso from Senegal. It was a joy to play our medieval instruments and music alongside the medieval music of Africa!

    We are really thrilled to be part of this project which recognises the importance of our diverse and unique cultures, the humanity we hold in common which is expressed through the sharing of music, and the honouring of our ancient ancestors who have so much to teach us for our world today if we learn how to listen.

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  • Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

    We were very honoured to be invited to play for a French style Bal at the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend at Halsway Manor National Centre for the Folk Arts www.halswaymanor.co.uk. The venue is a fantastic Elizabethan Manor House. It was stunning and exciting weekend where many hurdy gurdy players got together from all over the UK with some coming from as far away as the Basque Country, Germany and Italy. Workshops were led by Patrick Buffard, Nigel Eaton and Cliff Stapleton with a well attended concert and dance on Saturday evening.

    It was such a success that Halsway are planning to run the event again next year with Steve Tyler running workshops and a concert with Katy and Steve on 8th - 10th February 2013

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  • New Band Members & New Music

    I know it is a long time since we posted up here. Over the last year there have been some exciting changes in our musical direction and in the band line-up. We have been busily writing lots of new music for our exotic period instruments including hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, whistles, shawms,recorders,cittern and percussion. We have incorporated elements of medieval,rennaissance and traditonal European folk music into our compositions. Steve has been writing some stunning harmonies and arrangements. We have been joined by two new members Sonny Davidson on percussion, saz and voice and Jonathan Shorland on shawms, pastoral oboes, bagpipes and flutes.Our new music is for dancing to, it is suitable for festivals, pagan gatherings, folk festivals, green events, weddings and French Bals etc.

    With Sonny and Jonathan we are also working on authentic Medieval and Rennaissance music and all four of us are available for weddings, banquets, corporate events, medieval fayres etc. Here is a picture of the four of us at a wonderful event in Banqueting House, Whitehall a few weeks ago.

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  • New Film Appearance

    LANVAL BY MARIE DE FRANCE

    Late last summer some of the members of Daughters of Elvin were invited to appear in a wonderful new film by Elizabeth Jane Baldry. It is a retelling of an Anglo Norman 12th century romance by Marie de France. Luckily Mike was involved in the project before he died, there are some beautiful shots of him playing bass viol in the banqueting scene.

    Steve and Katy also make an appearance on the sound track.

    The film has already been shown in the UK and across France and is about to be premiered in the US. To find out more

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