'Good People Draw Near' - Street Songs of Shakespeare's London

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SPECIAL EVENT: In Shakespeare's time the city streets were full of singers, competing to be heard. Through ballads and street cries they spread the latest news, spun fabulous tales, or sold their wares.

Join folk/early music specialists Alva on a vivid sonic journey of discovery, as they weave their magic with songs of murder and mischief, sex and sport, food and fatal love!

Alva is made up of Vivien Ellis (voice) and Giles Lewin (fiddle, bagpipes, voice). Vivien and Giles first met as members of the acclaimed early music group The Dufay Collective.

As an instrumentalist, Giles has an immaculate folk pedigree, working regularly with luminaries such as Bellowhead and Maddy Prior. Vivien sings with the Grammy-nominated Dufay Collective, and Sinfonye, a seminal early/contemporary group originating in Oxford.

‘A great combination of one of the best voices on the scene, with such a sublime multi instrumentalist.’ – Nick Hooper, folk club promoter and composer 'Harry Potter'.

'A gutsy tour-de-force' – Sing Out

This performance forms part of the AHRC funded project 'Hit Songs and their Significance in Seventeenth-Century England' between Prof. Chris Marsh (PI: Queens University, Belfast); Dr Angela McShane (Co-I: V&A) and Dr Vic Gammon (Co-I: Newcastle University) and The Carnival Band

18.00 – 21.00

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