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  • The Carnival Band
    just that with our music we ve invented Macedonian Reggae turned a renaissance chanson into a Piaf inspired drag act paired Noel coward with James Brown flavoured a traditional English carol with Cajun spice the list goes on We began life 25 years ago as an offshoot of The Medieval Players theatre company but while we have been called Henry VIII s Rock n Roll Band our horizons have widened to include music from practically every continent we re working on Antarctica and every century since about 1200AD We sometimes write our own songs too We re proud to have a long standing partnership with one of the pioneers of British folk rock and a leading singer of English traditional music Maddy Prior Our cornucopia of instruments includes the historical shawm flemish bagpipes the exotic ud djembe and the familiar electric guitar double bass A Carnival Band performance is a kaleidoscope of instrumental colours musical influences and moods sustained by superb musical skill and enlivened with humour Our music has taken us to tiny village halls in mid Wales an open air auditorium in the heart of Sudan a civic hall in a Tokyo suburb a community centre in Catalonia

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    music career by playing medieval and renaissance instruments at primary school in Knaresborough North Yorkshire and took up the modern bassoon at the age of sixteen He studied history and music at Cambridge University bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and baroque bassoon at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague Starting his professional career as a costumed minstrel in a Mayfair restaurant recorder teacher for the ILEA

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    most prestigious public schools where his musical talent began to flower From there he went to one of the older universities Whether he spent his time there profitably is impossible to tell His tutors and director of studies refuse to be drawn on the subject He emerged with an enthusiasm for Irish traditional music a love of the consorts of William Lawes and the ability to ride a bicycle while

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    of gigs on the London folk rock circuit and festivals In 2002 he found a musical home in The Carnival Band His one stint in formal musical education was to study harmony at the Colchester Institute of Music so it s a pity that most Carnival tunes only use three chords A prolific songwriter Steno has written dozens of songs for bands and theatre productions primarily as musical director for

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    powered consultant didn t suit him at all So he became a high powered classical violinist playing with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Kreisler Ensemble That too was not his cup of tea and instead a life long passion for rhythm led to him taking up the djembe His drumming fiddling and enthusiasm for bad puns made him a ripe candidate for the Carnival Band at long last he had found an outfit which is sufficiently low powered to make him feel at home In a truly Carnivalesque inversion of society s norms Steve s dazzling virtuosity and songwriting talents now flourish at street level Steve has worked for many years with Bamboozle Theatre Company working with students with special needs Like Steno he plays in the celebrated celtic folk rock group Chanter If you re into great ballads and rollicking reels why not visit the Chanter website In spring 2010 Steve formed a new acoustic folk band of South Devon musicians Blue Jewel and recorded an album Dart Songs which is a musical journey along the beautiful Dart estuary where he lives Steve teaches violin and beginners piano in South

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    House Opera been a member the Indie pop group The Band of Holy Joy as well as working with more conventional groups like English National Opera London Contemporary Dance Theatre and the London Chamber Orchestra He also co founded the prize winning Kreisler String Orchestra which won the 1986 Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade Over the years he has worked with many notable artists including Youssou N Dour Tanita Tikaram

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    Diary News Buy CDs Buy sheet music Videos and Podcasts Workshops for all ages Carnival Choir Reviews Gallery Contact us Promoters section Links Follow us Biographies Andy Watts Giles Lewin

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    raucous double reed woodwind instrument for festivals celebrations and street music I play either in a fairly straight ceremonial style associated with renaissance wind band music or in a style loosely based on recordings of Italian piffaro players with slides grace notes and bent notes Either way I love the instrument s carnival blare From time to time I persuade Giles to join me to create a horn section or a classic shawm and bagpipe combo Played by Andy Giles Made by A Eric Moulder England c 1980 renaissance and folk shawms in C and D Camac France c 1985 Breton Bombarde Favourite track Madame Lucette from Jump for Joy Bagpipes Andy writes Look at the paintings of 16th century peasant life by Brueghel and his contemporaries and among the revellers you ll often see a bagpiper looking longingly at the wedding feast or with jug of ale near at hand Jon Swayne s superb pipes based closely on these pictures have a rich sonorous tone not especially loud so they sit well with the rest of the band As with all drone instruments the feeling of tension and resolution as the chanter notes move around the constant tonal centre is magical maybe even mystical Thanks Jon Played by Andy Giles Made by Jonathan Swayne England c 1980 Flemish bagpipes in D Favourite track Bransle de Poictou from Hoi Polloi Djembe Steve writes The djembe is the hour glass shaped hand drum that is most common in the countries in the West of Africa e g Gambia Senegal Ghana Burkina Faso It has become very popular in the UK with festivals dedicated to drumming e g Tribe of Doris It has three main notes a bass note made by hitting the middle of the drum a high note at the

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