Lammas

Medieval Music Duo- Sarah Deere-Jones and Phil Williams

'They really brought alive the music and spirit of Medieval England'

'Fantastic dry humour mixed with brilliant virtuoso playing and haunting songs'

'Well researched and yet really entertaining - The best medieval concert I've ever been to'

Lammas medieval music duo are fast becoming known as one of the most popular medieval music groups in the UK, with not only their polished performances for music festivals which are mixed with readings and anecdotes about life in medieval England proving popular with audiences from all walks of life, but their ground breaking research into the history of their instruments in medieval England being the subject of Sarah's lectures and articles for fine arts and history societies and journals across the world. Sarah mixes her classical music expertise having been a graduate and prize winner from the Royal Academy of Music, with Phil's experience as a folk musician and dancer, creating a lively, atmospheric and inspiring blend of music, singing, dancing and medieval poetry, both accessible and at the same time of the highest quality.

To see Sarah playing medieval harps on YouTube, paste these into your browser-

Angelus ad Virginum http://www.youtube.com/v/Ki6Mzh6aeGI
English Dance C13th http://www.youtube.com/v/4Bf1bFOf4Gg

Lammas is a medieval music duo consisting of Phil Williams on English Bagpipes, Cittern and Hurdy-Gurdy, and Sarah Deere-Jones on Harps, psaltery, whistles, gemshorn, portative organ, hurdy-gurdy, dulcimer, vocals and darabuka. In their performances they play a selection of medieval music and songs and include readings from Chaucer and Langland and other anecdotes giving a captivating glimpse into life in Medieval England.

Since 1997 they have performed for radio and TV, at music festivals and for historical organisations and events at the following historic sites:

Carlisle Castle Cumbria, Mount Grace Priory, Richmond Castle & Whitby Abbey Yorkshire; Stokesay Castle Shropshire; Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire; Hailes Abbey Gloucestershire; Cleeve and Muchelney Abbeys, and Farleigh Hungerford Castle Somerset; Urchfont Manor Wiltshire; Old Wardour, Portland & Corfe Castles Dorset; Dartmouth, Bickleigh, Oakhampton & Berry Pomeroy Castles Devon; Restormel Castle and Trerice House Cornwall; Bayham Abbey Kent; and the London Livery halls.

If you wish to see Sarah's research on the History of the harp in England, please click here-

http://www.cornwallharpcentre.co.uk/history.htm

Concerts and Presentations:-

Lammas Medieval Duo, can perform in a variety of settings and contexts. Their concerts are extremely popular and successful in churches and cathedrals, theatres or village halls where they provide two 45 min halves. The concerts are designed for a mainstream audience with many fascinating readings, descriptions of the rare instruments and amusing quotes. Churches are by far the best venues as they have the required atmosphere, acoustics and backdrops, but they MUST be heated for winter performances! The stage area required is fairly large with a minimum flat area of 12 X 12 feet, in churches it helps of the stage area can be raised slightly. Lammas require good lighting but can bring their own spotlights if warned in advance, they also require a changing area as all of their concerts are in costume.

Lammas have four concerts, 'Music for a medieval setting' is the most popular with an introduction to all of their instruments as well as readings and anecdotes about medieval life and the lives of the minstrels.

'Groweth sed and bloweth med' is a concert about the medieval year featuring customs, rituals and hardships of the agricultural seasons.

'Singe We Yule' is extremely popular at Christmas with beautiful settings of the medieval carols on authentic instruments and details of medieval life at Yule, and

'A Medieval Wassail' a concert about mid-winter, the rituals and hardships endured during the long dark season.

Lammas can also add harp workshops to a concert date, where up to 10 harps are provided for complete beginners. Phil can also do a 45 minute talk about the history and development of the Bagpipe.

Lammas also do 30 minute 'presentations' of medieval music for historic sites, they have 5 different half hour sessions which can be spread throughout a day and indispersed with question and answer sessions. Lammas also do 45 minute presentations for schools.

Sarah also does a professional lecture demonstration on the 'History of the harp' with a digital slide presentation.

For information about our fees depending on what is required, please contact us for a chat.

Recordings

'There is no rose' by Lammas - Sarah Deere-Jones and Phil Williams

As featured on The New CD Show Classic FM where it was described as 'Absolutely joyous'.

A magical selection of medieval music for harp, voice and other instuments with a mid-winter theme, haunting English medieval songs for voice and harp such as ‘There is no rose‘ and ‘Song of the nuns of Chester‘ are mixed with lively ‘Estampies‘ and ‘Saltarellos‘ from the era and new arrangements of favourite ancient carols such as Puer Nobis, In Dulci Jubilo and Coventry Carol - featuring wire-strung and gothic harps, Gemshorn, hammered duclimer, Hurdy-Gurdy, Recorders, Saz, Bagpipes, and percussion. An atmospheric and uplifting addition to the christmas music repertoire!

Available from www.cornwallharpcentreshop.co.uk

Amoroso - CD - Romantic medieval music arranged by Lammas, with some traditional and home made music mixed in. Featuring the 13th century spanish Cantigas, Bird on a Briar, Amoroso, Pastourelle (Thibaut de Navarre), A Chanter M'er (Contessa de Die), Bulla Fulminente, Waves of Vigo (Martin Codax), Danse Royale, Ce Fu En Mai (Monoit de'arras), As I Lay on Yoolis Nicht, Noel Nouvelet, and others....

Available from www.cornwallharpcentreshop.co.uk

Please add 2.50p for P&P in the UK, make cheques payable to 'S Deere-Jones' and contact us by email sarah at trehawsa.com

Lammas' Instruments

Our Instruments include :- English Great pipes, Three drone Greatpipes, Border pipes, Altarnun medieval pipes, Cittern, Hurdy Gurdy, English medieval lap harp, Gothic harp, Hammer Dulcimer, gemshorn, wooden flute, medieval recorder, whistles, darabuka, psaltery, portative organ, cup bells. Our instruments are beautifully made reproductions and they are worth many thousands of pounds which means sadly, they cannot be handled by the public.

By the way .........'Lammas' is the old English word for the season of summer, 'lammastide' was the opposite of 'yuletide' which is more familiar. We chose this name as it had good associations with the summertime, when we most often perform.

For more information and tape/CD orders -

  email:-

lammas (at) trehawsa.com

Link to National Early Music Centre (York)

Left, Lammas camping in their reproduction medieval tent on the shores of the river Dart during the Dartmouth music festival.

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