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early folk band

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The two sisters

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Peckover Walk

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Tail Toddle

Miriam Andersén - Voice, harp, bones
Gesine Bänfer - Northumbrian bagpipes, whistle, dulcimer, cittern, frame drums
Ian Harrison - Northumbrian bagpipes, harp, whistle, cornett
Susanne Ansorg - Fiddle, tambourine
Steven Player - Renaissance guitar, dance

The musicians of The Early Folk Band, all leading performers of 'early' music, have come together for a new project: the reconstruction of early folk music. Coming from England, Sweden and Germany the musicians bring with them the traditional music of their own countries as well as an enormous practical experience of the music of the middle ages, Renaissance and Baroque.

They have won Grammys, Globale Ruths (Germany's top World Music prize), the Anders Zorn silver badge, and prizes from the Bruge Early Music Festival, the Rencontres des Maîtres-Sonneurs (France) and the German Rock and Pop Awards.

Ballads, songs and dances from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Germany, Spain and Italy form the basis of the group's repertoire. Sources include early printed editions and manuscripts from the 13th to the 19th centuries as well as material learnt from traditional singers and the group's own compositions and arrangements. 'Folk music' has always influenced 'art music' and vice versa. The vision of the band is to bridge the gap between early and folk music for the 21st century. Renaissance and Baroque music from the south and traditional music from the north join in a unique European musical experience. Like the wind, music knows no boundaries in space and time.


Christmas always comes around so soon!!!
Lumps of Pudding

Live recording from the SWR concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany

LUMPS OF PUDDING: the Early Folk Band has at last recorded its famous programme of Christmas ballads, winter songs and virtuoso folk tunes from the British Isles. Order now to receive the CD gift-wrapped and delivered free by the first of December 2019. Simply fill in the >>>contact form on our office website.


CD "Northlands"

a co-production with German radio station Deutschlandradio Kultur


recent review:

"... wonderful arrangements with magical singing, a great feeling for rhythm, subtle instrumental accompaniment and a phenomenal dancer - a real esperience. ... With its interpretations the ensemble legitemized the fusion of early 'art' and 'folk' music." ("Dolomiten" - 8/2011)


CD "Robin Hood"

a co-production with German radio station Deutschlandradio Kultur

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