Music session - 15th May 2017
Sympkyn of the Moor, hammered dulcimer
Elena y Delyn, lever harp, alto rebec, plucked psaltery
Yvonne Gwynn, treble viol da gamba
Given the small group this session was quite informal, to the point where we got side-tracked by not-strictly-period music.
We did practice pease bransle. That went quite well. It's not a difficult tune but the trick is to get it lodged in your head firmly so it can be summoned at will. I find with some tunes I need to hum the 'B part' first and loop back around to be able to recall how it starts.
Then we diverged from the plan a little. Although to be fair, the fact we were playing or in Yvonne's case learning by ear meant that it was still valuable to our period music skill set. Honest.
We played a Scottish lullaby named Baloo Balerie, a Welsh lullaby named Suo Gan, and a Japanese traditional song named Moon Over Desolate Castle, in a variety of arrangements and accompaniments. Baloo Balerie with dulcimer, psaltery, and viol was probably my favourite.
Next week we'll play period music, promise.