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Carnival Band, The

Included in the NCEM online directory

Included in the Nema 2010 Early Music Yearbook and Performers Directory

Period(s) Medieval, Renaissance, Classical, Baroque
Style of ensemble Vocal, Instrumental

Biography

Currently heading an ambitious AHRC funded project to record the 100 most popular broadside ballads of the 17th century, The Carnival Band blends music from across the centuries with sounds from around the world in an irreverent and joyous mix. The five musicians play any music with the spirit of Carnival, the season that in medieval Europe gave communities licence to 'turn the world upside down', on a breathtaking array of instruments and voices. Presentation is informal and entertaining, musicianship first-class. Founded by Andy Watts (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and Giles Lewin (Dufay Collective, Bellowhead) while members of The Medieval Players touring theatre company, the Carnival Band's long association with folk-singer Maddy Prior has won them acclaim and a loyal and enthusiastic following. They have performed throughout the UK and in Japan, Sudan, the Gulf States, France and Spain. Recent performances include Brighton Early Music Festival, Spitalfields Summer Festival and National Centre for Early Music.
Lewd Strumpets and Constant Wives - women in balladry
That Sweet Enemy - 1,000 years of Anglo-French rivalry and affection
Around the World in 80 Tunes - global sounds across 5 centuries
A Carnival of Carols - seasonal and festive music

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Sample programme

Main contact name
Andy Watts

Postal address
81 Laugherne Road, Worcester, WR2 5LY, UK

Members Names
Andy Watts - shawm, curtal, recorders, clarinet, melodica, vocals, director
Giles Lewin - violin, recorders, bagpipes, vocals
Steve Banks - percussion, violin, vocals
Stend Vitale - cittern, guitar, vocals
Jub Davis - double bass, vocals

Telephone Number
01905 429848; 07976 751458

Email address
andyandruthwatts@btinternet.com

Website address
www.carnivalband.com

Other associated sites
http://www.facebook.com/TheCarnivalBandEngland/ http://twitter.com/MaddyAndTheCB