Halloween Tea Party

Blackbeard's Tea Party home town Halloween gig at The Fulford Arms, York. Packed house, a terrific set of Blackbeard's favourites with some excellent Halloween specials and marvellous costumes to boot. There was musicianship and showman/womanship in abundance, it was a great night. Click on an image in the gallery of Rich's photos and scroll on... … Continue reading Halloween Tea Party

Poeticall Musicke

Through the hustle and bustle of a York party night out on Saturday into the sanctuary of St Helen's church in Stonegate, Poeticall Musicke's concert of elegant viola da gamba music took us to another time and place. Alex McCartney: theorbo and Jon Rees: viol played a beautiful set of pieces from the reign of the sun … Continue reading Poeticall Musicke

Jordi Savall – Kalenda Maya

Rich, Dexter and I were privileged to see Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI again last night, this time as part of the York Early Music Festival, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show. Hespèrion XXI's mesmerizing programme - Kalenda Maya, a dialogue of souls - began with the gorgeous piece, Alba, from thier 2006 … Continue reading Jordi Savall – Kalenda Maya

Kayhan Kalhor

The three of us went to see the stunning Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard at York NCEM. I like Dexter’s post here…

Dexter's Magic

Kayhan Kahlor and Ali Bahrami Fard Kayhan Kahlor and Ali Bahrami Fard

On Thursday 5th June I went to see Kayhan Kahlor in a church in the centre of York; the National Centre for Early Music. Kayhan plays an Iranian instrument called the Kamancheh. It is a Persian violin or Persian spike fiddle played like a small cello. He did a duet with a man named Ali Bahrami Fard who played a bass santur, which is like the in side of a piano and you hit strings with little hammers. The duet was an hour and a half with total improvisation. I sat on the front row.

The music was unbelievable it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.

At the end he and Ali bowed and Kayhan smiled at me and they went off.

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I met him after the show he came and said hi he gave me a big hug…

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Poeticall Musicke

During a roller coaster of a day, Rich, Dexter and I had a wonderfully calming oasis couple of hours in York last night with a glass of wine and gorgeous music at Poeticall Musicke's concert of Bach sonatas and arias. We have previously seen them featuring theorbo, harp, cello and violin soloists. This time, comprising a … Continue reading Poeticall Musicke