Cobwebs On King Arthur's Zither

Detail - Ein musikalisches Duo by Thure Cederström, 1924
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Two hours of medieval sounding music to listen to while washing down your shank of lamb with a stein of mead or wistfully staring out the window of your fortified tower.

31 different acts in this show, here is some information about some of them:

Veronique Chalot:

Chalot was born in Normandy, France before moving to Rome. She spent her career keeping medieval, renaissance, and early French and Italian folk music alive and out of obscurity by researching these works, playing and recording them. Her main instrument is the classical guitar, but she also plays the dulcimer and the hurdy-gurdy.


Madeleine Lipszyc, who would adopt the stage name Magdalith (the Hebrew name for Madeleine), was interested in the arts from a very young age. She was never content to just sing and learned to dance and play piano, zither and tambourine. Religion always played an important role in her life as comes through in the themes of her music: a contradictory combo of Gregorian chant with biblical and liturgical songs. Born in France in 1932, Magdalith's childhood was marked by World War II and the Holocaust. In 1944, she avoided arrest by jumping off a train after sensing a bad feeling about the situation. Her father and other family members were arrested that day in Toulouse, the train's destination. Her father, a member of the Jewish Army, was executed after a failed escape. After the war, and at the age of 19, she converted to Christianity while living in a sanatorium. Her musical career was short, lasting only 15 years, it concluded in 1975 when she withdrew to a convent.

Countries represented: USA, France, Netherlands, England, Canada, Ireland, Poland, Armenia, Wales.

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