|Music . . .
I can’t pretend to virtuosity, but I do take music seriously.
Like so many things for me, my musical interests have grown together with my historical interests, and the music which I play is almost all historical music. I mainly play drums (side drums, frame drums and nakers) and woodwind (whistles and pibcorn); my favourite instrument is probably the lyre, but there's not much call these days for lyre-players it seems.
Apart from this, I sing. I started singing properly in the Colpitts in Durham. There used to be a singing club there on a Thursday night, and we'd belt out massive chorusses in the tiny back bar of the pub. I’m sure my style owes a lot to those convivial evening sessions. And as well as historical songs, I still love to sing traditional songs - mainly Scottish, but with a smattering of English and Irish in there too.
You can listen to me singing one of the Cantigas de S. Maria from thirteenth-century Spain here: CSM377
I also write my own songs, and there are now a fair few songs in my list. I’ve recently written a song about the Battle of Bannockburn, which I’ve decided to publish online here: ‘(Ye’ll learn to dance) At the Bannockburn’
Click here for my band Squeake’s Noyse.
Or here to see more about me and my lyres.