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With a riot of period instruments, lusty voices and all the exuberance of an early street or theatre band, THE CITY WAITES perform popular English songs, ballads and dance music from the Tudor period to the early 19th century. Street cries, theatre songs, bawdy broadside ballads, early Music Hall, Coffee House catches, courtly dances and the foot-stomping rhythms of a village dance band.

Performances in concert halls, festivals, historic houses, corporate functions and cultural events throughout the world; British Council tours to Middle and Far East; universities in USA, major London venues incl Queen Elizabeth Hall; collaborations with Shakespeare’s Globe, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, RSC; Royal National Theatre; TV, radio and film soundtracks.

Lucie Skeaping    Roddy Skeaping

lute – fiddle – cittern – bagpipes – hurdygurdy – curtal – recorders – crumhorn
rebecs - guitar – drums - bassoon - shawm – harp – viol – flutes - voices

Woodcut image of the City Waites

See also: Lucie Skeaping's website for Children & Schools and Illustrated Lectures