Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Party Like A Medieval Rock Star

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A group of British singers who call themselves the Mediaeval Baebes know how to party like it’s 1599.

The Baebes sing original music with lyrics pulled from Renaissance-era poetry books, but just like today’s pop stars, they have costume changes, choreography and adoring fans.

They also don’t have any problem with profanity. Musical director Katherine Blake says she doesn’t edit out medieval swear words that appear in some of the more bawdy ancient verses they sing because, “that would be historically inaccurate.”

In fact, one of the Baebes’ songs, “The Sour Grove,” is an ode to women’s genitalia. However, since it’s sung in Welsh, most folks wouldn’t recognize the “down south” references.

The Baebes do draw the line at some rock star antics. As Blake says, “We can’t afford to be smashing our instruments around like Pete Townshend, although it would be wonderful to set a hurdy-gurdy on fire every night on stage.”

The Baebes latest album, Mirabilis, hits stores July 19.

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