Tuesday 9th July

Woodwose perform a Concert of Medieval Music – St Michael’s Church 7.30pm

Tickets from the Festival Ticket Office in Overt Locke, West Street, Somerton from Saturday 1st June. Early bird prices apply until Saturday 8th June.

Standard £11     On the door £12

Ticket Office hours: 10.00am to 1.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

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Woodwose (Old English: wuduwasa, “Wild man of the woods”) Is a band of like-minded musicians who share a passion for ancient, wild and exotic instruments , including hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, shawm, cittern, percussion, recorders and whistles – drawing there inspiration from the dark gothic era, European Folk music traditions and the voices of the ancestors, whispering in the wind and rain of the moors and forests.

Woodwose have delighted audiences in the UK and abroad with their exciting and entertaining performances which juxtapose authentic medieval music with the bands won original compositions written for an array of exotic period instruments. They are equally at home at folk festivals, rock festivals, early music events and French Bal.

Woodwose are…

Katy Marchant – bagpipes, recorder, shawm, voice, gemshorn

Steve Tyler – hurdy gurdy, gothic harp, cittern, percussion

Ricardo de Noronha – percussion, fujara

Katherine Christie Evans – voice

Steve Tyler is well known as a hurdy gurdy player, renowned for his rhythmic and inventive playing, and is equally at home with early music, traditional melodies or modern compositions. He has performed with such diverse artists as English folk singer Jackie Oates, German industrial/electronic musician F.M.Einheit and South African puppeteer John Roberts, and has played for theatrical productions (most recently at The Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), historical and traditional dances, and mixed media performances. He is currently playing with bagpiper Katy Marchant and working on dark multitrack music mixing hurdy gurdies with dulcimer, reed organ and diverse instruments, inspired by patterns in nature, mathematics and the imagination.

Katy Marchant co-founded Daughters of Elvin in 1996 and directed the band of up to nine members for many years. She has performed or recorded with various artistes including singer/harpist Hattie Webb, folk singer/fiddle player Jackie Oates and folk singer Jim Causley.

Ricardo de Noronha is a Portuguese multi-instrumentalist with over twenty years’ experience. He was a founder member of Troubadouros, a band of mediaeval music performing at mediaeval fairs such as Mercado Medieval de Sines and Santa Maria da Feira in Portugal amongst many others. He also performed at Feira Medieval de Finalle Ligure in Italy, Pirate Fair in La Ciotat, France and Mediaeval Ávila in Spain. After relocating to the UK, Ricardo has played percussion with Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant as a trio.

Woodwose will be performing medieval music from sources such as the 13th century Spanish Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X (el Sabio),  the 14th century Llibre Vermell de Montserrat in Catalonia, and from 14th century Italy (Tuscan manuscript Add MS 29987). To this they will add some of their own compositions, mostly dance tunes, expertly arranged but allowing for improvisational elements, so briefly exploring the rich world between the known and unknown, between order and chaos.

This event is sponsored by Pauline & John Saunders

Wine and soft drinks will be available before the performance and again during the interval.

Tickets from the Festival Ticket Office in Overt Locke, West Street, Somerton from Saturday 1st June. Early bird prices apply until Saturday 8th June.

Standard £11     On the door £12

Ticket Office hours: 10.00am to 1.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Online Tickets

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